When Stephen left the bright lights of Rugby behind him, little did he know that one day he’d be one of the few British creative directors to win awards across all disciplines and all media. Young Stretton might also have been amazed to hear that his older self would take his talent for art direction abroad. To New Zealand, where he creatively marketed trees. And to America, where he developed a lifelong addiction to latte.
But the call of half-decent football was too strong. So Stephen came home to work for agencies such as Cato Johnson, Evans Hunt Scott, Chiat Day and, finally, BBH Limbo, a subsidiary of Bartle Bogle Hegarty, where he was creative director.
His next – and best – move was to found archibald ingall stretton with the other two surnames. In the 13 years since, Stephen has established its reputation as one of the UK’s most respected integrated agencies, with the awards to prove it.
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