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Samantha and Owen’s design for the Hikaru Wine can and bottle line is selling better than I could have imagined. And it’s all about Design des Troy’s branding. Their design has been an irreplaceable aspect of Hikaru landing distribution.

Their work is elegant and bold and smart and beautiful. They listened to what our goals were and to what the brand story is, and then they delivered the goods, and it’s a home run.

I will be hiring them for my next project.

Sivan Gur-Arieh

Co-founder, Hikaru

I LOVED working with Design des Troy. They made my wedding unique, stylish and classy. People were so impressed with all of their products that they designed and I got tons of compliments. They are also so easy to work with and very experienced in working with brides and grooms during this important time.


Even though we live on different coasts, we communicated well … Samantha and Owen really listened to our ideas but at the same time contributed their creativity and expertise. We knew we were in good hands and in the end our invitations were exactly what we didn’t know we were envisioning.


I wanted to thank you for the invitations. They are flat-out awesome. Everyone has raved about them. I was telling my mom about a guy in my department who said he wished he were getting married again so he could have invitations as cool as ours. Thank you for your patience and diligence; we’re very grateful to work with people of your professionalism and creativity.


Design des Troy created the perfect wedding invitation/announcement for our small wedding in San Francisco. The cards were distributed as collectibles to postcard collectors at our shows and the responses ranged from “beautiful’ to “I’m framing this.’ I couldn’t have imagined a more appropriate piece to reflect the both of us. Thanks again Owen and Samantha!


Design des Troy worked within our budget to create the most unique and beautiful invitation…EVER! Samantha went above and beyond to give me printing options and in the end we were even able to get letterpress! I couldn’t believe how great our invitations looked when they arrived. The design was timeless and everyone commented on how pretty they were. We were so happy with the level of service that we received and all of the support that we got along the way. I couldn’t imagine using another design team.


We loved working with Sam and Owen and were absolutely thrilled with the Save-the-Dates they created for us.

Katie and Matt

We loved working with Samantha and Owen. The pieces they designed were unique, personal and, most of all, visually stunning. It was like sending a piece of art into the homes of each of our wedding guests. We received so many compliments on the wedding invitations. Then to top it off, they worked with us to also create a personalized ketubah for our jewish wedding.


Everything was great! You made everything so easy, it all came together so well. I can’t imagine changing anything or doing anything differently if I had to do it all again.


Samantha and Owen were a dream to work with! Not only did they design our invitations, but they created our entire wedding suite from the save the dates to the programs and welcome letters to the table cards, place cards and menus! It was all simply stunning! Each of the 24 tables had a unique San Francisco icon and each place card had the guests name along with their table icon (so much more fun then tables 1, 2 and 3). Their work was the glue that tied our entire event together! THANK YOU SAMANTHA AND OWEN!


Incredibly talented and versatile designers. Samantha and Owen will translate your vaguest ideas into beautiful artwork. My invitations, programs and save-the-dates were perfect! Samantha created illustrated images of my husband & me for our save-the-dates and me that turned up on stamps, stickers, favors and gift bags. The graphics on our invites were totally sophisticated but still blended perfectly with the more whimsical aspects of the stationery suite. They also made us a ketubah in the style of our stationery. The most fun part of wedding planning was working with des Troy, and many of the pieces they created are now decorating our home.


Samantha has worked on numerous design projects for my company Eden Cubed, Inc. She first designed a beautiful logo by hand for Mama Art Cafe, and later completed the design for over a hundred labels for my distribution business. My requests were particular and she gracefully worked within my parameters, while still bringing her own style to the designs. She made our image and branding contemporary yet timeless and was able to create a very dynamic label design using only one color to keep our printing budget low. Samantha and Owen are professional, thorough, and efficient and I look forward to working on more projects with Design des Troy.

Paulo Cabezas : Eden Cubed, Inc. / Mama Art Cafe

Since the first day my business Nightsound Studios was open, people have told me they were impressed by and attracted to the  Design des Troy designed. Soon after opening, clients were asking for shirts featuring the logo when we hadn’t even considered making any. Now, 20 years later, people I don’t know are wearing shirts with the studio’s logo all around town, and I’ve heard stories of clients being approached by strangers in airports telling them that they have a Nightsound logo t-shirt also.

Not only has the professional quality of the design allowed so many to recognize Nightsound, it’s even drawn people to find out more about us. That’s much more than I ever expected even a beautiful logo to be capable of, and I have Design des Troy to thank for that.

Chris Wimberly

Owner / Producer / Audio Engineer, Nightsound Studios

We loved that you used the architecture of the de Young to inspire the design of the invitation. Several friends came up to me at the de Young party and said “We always thought the invitations were pretty and now we get it!’ And everything for the bowling party was a huge hit. Everyone complimented the bride/groom bowling pin designs on our coasters and shirts. They were adorable 🙂 And, you guys were great to work with! Thanks for all your patience with our endless comments during the design process.


Design des Troy managed to create the perfect logo from our broad-stroke concepts and ideas. They took the time to listen, but most importantly, they provided their knowledge and expertise to guide our development of a brand strategy. 

Maile Akana

Co-founder & President

…After meeting with Owen and Samantha and giving them a little window into who we were and what we were looking for, they created for us the most perfect reflection of exactly what we wanted in a wedding invitation. They were so easy to work with. Even when we didn’t know what we wanted, they did. They even found socks for the groomsmen to match the invitation! We will definitely be using their services again for all future design needs.

Renee and Matt

We have not gotten anything but positive comments on our birth announcements. I wanted something unique, special, and one of a kind, yet within my budget. You more than came through with a gorgeous design. I highly recommend you to everyone. I absolutely love the announcements and complimenting note cards and I was so impressed with how quickly you got everything done.


Samantha and Owen were great to work with. We asked for a simple but classy invitation design, and they sent us a lot of unique ideas for color and layout. They really got what we were looking for, and we were totally happy with the end result.


…it is an absolutely wonderful experience to work with Design des Troy. The best part, of course, was the end product. Who knew friends would actually call to comment that our invitations were so beautiful and unique? One friend, on his RSVP card, wrote, “PS—Best wedding invite ever.’
Bottom line is that Samantha and Owen designed an invitation that set the tone for our party.
We think they’re awesome!


We sent out the invites on Monday and people are flipping out over how cool they are. Thanks again. We love them and are so glad we spent the extra cash for the letterpress. You guys did a fantastic job. My stepdad is a graphic designer and couldn’t say enough about how much he likes your work.


Working with Samantha and Owen was one of the highlights of our wedding planning process. From the first meeting with Samantha after seeing the amazing past work they’d done for other wedding invites, as well as her attentiveness and focus on our personalities and the “vibe” we were going for, I felt we were in very good hands.

Communication with Samantha and Owen was always excellent and receiving the proofs of our pieces as the wedding day got closer were some of the most exciting times leading up to the wedding.

They were very receptive to feedback and made tweaks and changes throughout the process until it became exactly what we envisioned (there weren’t many changes needed!!). They hit the nail on the head and created an incredible suite, as well as many day-of pieces including table numbers, escort cards, cocktail signs, and menus that all fit perfectly with the theme and matched our invitations.

We got so many compliments from guests who said they noticed and loved the theme tied throughout the wedding, which is mostly due to Samantha and Owen!! Samantha and Owen were also able to get us custom coasters with our special emblem on it which was a really fun keepsake, and which guests enjoyed getting to take home with them (a few even told me they felt they were being sneaky by stealing them from the tables before I told them we’d hoped the guests would do just that!!). I’m looking at my framed invite right now in my living room and am so happy to have it as a memento for the years to come. I also just remembered that Owen even dropped off the boxes of the final product at our house (we happened to live close to them)–talk about going above and beyond.

If you work with Design des Troy your vision will definitely become a reality and you will NOT be disappointed!!

Caitlin and Eric

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