Steven Garcia is a cultural anthropologist who studies the intersection of luxury brands, affluence, and culture. His professional experience includes over a decade as a brand strategist at several advertising agencies, including Crispin Porter + Bogusky, David&Goliath, Venables Bell & Partners, and RPA.
He has worked on a variety of brands, including PayPal, Braintree, Charles Schwab, La-Z-Boy, Kia Motors, Honda, Acura, Audi, and now, Lexus. In 2016, he joined Team One, where he built a new anthropology practice, and conducts ethnography, cultural analysis, and semiotics to dig into the cultural drivers and context that influence people and their behavior.
With a passion for design, art, brands, and technology, he often draws inspiration from these sources for his work. His competencies include cultural anthropology, semiotics, consumer insights, creative briefs, brand strategy and positioning, personas, customer journeys, usability and user experience (UX) testing, ethnography, interviewing/moderating, focus groups, secondary data analysis, survey design, and trend watching.