Trendsetter to Know: Kari Tuttle

Name: Kari Tuttle

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Age: 32

Title: Associate Creative Director of wagkind and Blind Society, a Brand Love Agency

Married/Single: Single

Kids: Nope

City you live in: Old Town Scottsdale

A typical day in my life includes…

popping up before the sun, cruising to the gym, heading to our office at Fashion Square and opening inDesign to make something beautiful. After work, I’m off to tennis, a happy hour with friends, or a solo dinner and a glass of wine to catch up on the constant @forallwagkind social media conversation. Basically, #AllTheThings.

I was born…

in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Never been? Eh, you’re not missing much.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

it’s resort-style easy livin’! The sun is shining, the food scene’s fantastic, the parking’s easy, there’s always an event or a great spa to spend the day at, and the people are successful and interesting. The perma-vacation vibes are palpable, and not a day goes by that I don’t appreciate how special our vibrant little desert town is.

I’m listening to…

Alternative RnB… just ask Spotify. And, every podcast.

My family…

is really close! In fact, my sister, mom and I all live right down the street from each other. We hang out a lot, whether that’s an impromptu Sunday breakfast in old town or our Monday night Bachelor cringe-watching tradition. When my sister’s not pregnant, you’ll likely find us having a cold glass of Chenin Blanc on a patio before shopping or hitting our guilty secret restaurant: the bar at Uncle Sal’s.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

my dog that passed away two years ago. I rescued him when I was 19 and he was my best buddy and protector every step of the way on the long journey to AZ. I start to tear up just writing this.

One thing I cannot live without…

CBD on Sunday nights.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

an artist. You could say I got my design start when my oil painter/musician of a dad put a paintbrush in my hand as a little kid. I’m guessing a lot of carpet was ruined so I could be where I am today… thanks, dad.

I’m inspired by…

Michelle Obama.

The one person who motivates me is…

there’s actually three! My business partners, Teri, James and Danny. We’re great at lifting each other up when it counts.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

the warming of it. Gen Z, keep kicking ass.

The perfect day would be…

I’m pretty happy with my days… so, today? Oh, I guess today but on a beach with my laptop. Yeah, that.

My first job was…

selling corn dogs at the Minnesota State Fair. Luckily, they sold themselves.

My favorite escape…

if you know me, you know Mexico has my heart. It’s my go-to getaway, and after a quick count, I’ve been to at least 15 cities, including more uncommon destinations like Oaxaca, Tequila, and Guadalajara.

My life…

has been very purposefully constructed.

I’m currently working on…

building an Instagram community for dog lovers that’s positive, healthy, informative, and straight-up fun to be a part of. Come hang with us @forallwagkind!

Always…

look confident, even when you don’t feel like it.

Never…

get defensive. It’s annoying AF to everyone else, and something I have to work on daily.

Favorite Quote…

“Play the long game.”

Biggest Dream…

for us to build something that truly helps dogs and their humans. The stories we hear from people that have used our products are so incredibly humbling and inspiring. We get everything from a simple, sincere “thank you” to “your products have completely changed our lives,” which makes every long, late hour worth it.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

talking about myself 😉

More about Kari…

I’m a relentless extrovert, creative director, restaurant enthusiast, dog lover, sommelier-in-training, pizza snob, morning person, hotel card collector, creative writer, plant mom, and comedy sitcom expert. And now an entrepreneur too, because my co-founders and I just launched an organic wellness company for dogs: wagkind. wagkind is a line of ultra-clean organic oils and cookies that blend hemp CBD with other plant-powered ingredients to help pups live their happiest and healthiest lives.

These days, I conceptualize and design graphics for wagkind alongside James, the other half of the creative team. I also shoot, curate and write our social media and blog content. Oh, and I’m a semi-pro baker in my free time, complete with an Instagram for my cakes @the_sweetist… can you spot the #millennial in her natural habitat?





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