Nico Gibson <

Founder / Brand Director

Nico Gibson is a designer with 8+ years of studio and agency experience, most recently Digital Kitchen, MNML and Leo Burnett Dept. of Design. In his downtime he runs CRCL. Born in Madrid, made in Chicago; his work is rooted in music, fashion and sport. He believes in wearing his kicks, in the hustle and in not taking anything too seriously. He's created award winning brand identities and campaigns for global corporations and local boutiques. Including: Samsung, Coke, McDonalds, Chicago Ideas Week, Allstate, and Kelloggs. His work has been recognized by major publications, and can be found in Communication Arts, HOW Design, Hypebeast, Wired, among others.


Eric Hattori

New Business

Entrepreneurship is engrained in everything Eric Hattori does. He blends far east wisdom with American grit. Eric founded and runs Piko Street Kitchen a delicious asian inspired Food Truck you can find cruising Chicago.


Ish Adams <

Product Design

Ish Adams is an award winning industrial designer from NYC, living in Chicago. He blends function and beauty effortlessly in every product he delivers. Assuring that it works as good as it looks.


Simon Koražija

Mechanical Engineer

A Slovenian import, Simon is a technical wizard. Passionate about emerging technologies, reverse engineering and meaningful design all with the goal to help change the world one project at a time.


Luis Roca <


Luis Roca is a Guatemalan raised creative with a keen eye for motion. His involvement on projects is a collection of roles from graphic designer, concept artist, animator and illustrator, making him a well rounded creator. If he is not creating something, you can find him playing with his computer.


Cliff Castillo

Retail / Events

Deeply rooted in Chicago, Cliff helps manage two of the largest sneaker boutiques in Chicago: Overtime and Succezz. No one is better when it comes to knowing, understanding and looking the part.


Pascal Ruelle <

Product Design

Pascal brings a global knowledge to all his work. Born in France, educated in India and refined in Chicago, Pascal understands global needs and trends in every product he builds. 


John Masuga


John is a young and hungry graphic designer. In his young career he has already worked at many top design shops in Chicago. He sweats all details ensuring that CRCL's design work is locked in tight.


Ellen Ma <


While fresh out of school Ellen Ma is quickly establishing herself in Chicago. Currently she acts as lead graphic designer for streetwear boutique Leaders 1354. Her designs incorporate bold type, hand drawn sketches and imagery, intricate graphics, and modern retro.


Nayoung Heo <


Na is a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work is characterized as complex, systematic and playful. She is a firm believer in Organized Chaos in both her work style and life style.


Kendall Hurns

Events and Planning

Everyone in Chicago knows Kendall. One of the most connected and well respected innovators in the Windy City. While helping root many local Chicago brands, Kendall is mostly known for his clothing brand Robotic Minds.


Montse Lusarreta

Client Services

Montse moved to Chicago via Mexico City only 6 years ago but has left an imprint on much of the population. A LCSW at Rush University Hospital, Montse understands empathy, connection and the value of a smile..



Interested in being part of the circle? Hit us up here and please answer these following questions:

  1. Skill
  2. Age
  3. Location
  4. Current music on rotation

We are currently looking for illustrators, photographers, designers and DJs. Not one of these? No worries feel to let us know what you excel in. We are always open to collaborations.