At Sweet, we employed a team of motion graphics designers and illustrators to create original art daily. The result was beautiful illustrations that elevated the brand, and platform.
From buzzed-about debut novelists such as Stephanie Danler (Sweetbitter) to Booker Prize winners (Marlon James), cultural icons (Carrie Brownstein), and legends such as William Boyd and Mary Gaitskill, Sweet was a revolving door of literary talent, who came in to read exclusively from their novels, and sometimes even to bring us cakes (thanks again, Adam Johnson!).
At Sweet, we were always seeking out the best design in the world. From the coolest coasters in Copenhagen to a look inside the studio of an exciting Brooklyn ceramicist, every day featured groundbreaking design to buy, emulate (we often featured How To videos), and inspire. One of our most popular design features was a recurring franchise called “The Edit,” for which we asked the owners of our favorite design stores to curate exclusive lists of items just for us.
Music was a key part of Sweet, and we regularly featured live music sessions, filmed exclusively for us in New York and London, where the BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens hosted a weekly Sweet Session. We featured exclusive performances from artists including Alessia Cara, Ellie Golding, Tinashe, Connor Youngblood, and Christine & the Queens.
Fashion was an original pillar of Sweet, with a focus on a high-low mix, price points which were both aspirational and affordable, and curating the very best market pieces. We regularly created original fashion shoots with both talent and models, and worked with designers including Carolina Herrera to debut both collaborations and entire collections with talent including actresses Amandla Stenberg and Kiernan Shipka.
Whether we were taking an exclusive tour of a luxury enclave in upstate in New York, at home with a model-designer couple in Sydney, or premiering a furniture collection from a new designer, Sweet was always getting inside people’s homes, providing access to places you don’t usually get to see, and providing a constant stream of beautiful things to fill your space with.
Sweet’s editors were a peripatetic bunch, and we also relied on a global network of freelancers who contributed stories from every corner of the globe. Never content to just take second-hand stories, we strived to be where the action was, on the ground and passing along these first-hand experiences to our audiences, often in real time via our organic Snapchat account and other social media as well as on Discover.