September 9, 2020
Entrepreneur Spotlight: Brian Kappra President & Creative Director, Evantine Design
Welcome to our blog feature series, Entrepreneur Spotlight! Tapping into the spirit of our company, founded and led by a female entrepreneur, we’re creating a space to showcase the work of fellow entrepreneurs we admire and pass along some inspirational words from them. Next up is agency longtime partner and vendor, Brian Kappra President & Creative Director, Evantine Design.
To start off, we asked Brian to tell us about what’s inspiring him right now.
“The last six months have allowed me to return to my roots which were in landscape design and a deep appreciation for nature. I’ve been social distancing at my lake house in the Pine Barrens and have enjoyed daily long power walks through the pines and surrounding areas. Watching the seasons unfold has been pretty incredible and has given me a new appreciation for everything that is around us. I look forward to incorporating the subtle textures and colors of nature into my work and events. I also think that we have learned over the last months what is really important and I hope to take that into our events as well. It’s not about how big or how elaborate anymore, its about communicating the message clearly and cleverly.” – Brian Kappra
Renowned as Philadelphia’s premier event design firm, Evantine Design provides all the elements for entertaining – design, planning, production, and management. Their intention is to produce events that take your breath away; such as designing the opening celebrations for The Barnes Foundation, the Rodin Museum, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts; to producing gala event tributes honoring Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Taylor, Vera Wang, Placido Domingo, Jon Bon Jovi, Quincy Jones, Sidney Poitier, among other cultural icons; to planning fabulous society weddings, over-the-top birthdays, milestone anniversaries, and thematic bar or bat mitzvahs; to creating memorable product launches, charitable fundraisers, and holiday celebrations. Under the creative vision of Founder, Brian Kappra, a talented team of skilled designers, artisans, and producers works together to create a transformative experience for each of our clients. It’s an exciting, collaborative journey that begins the moment you arrive at our design studio. After three decades in the event industry, they know harnessing the artful aspects of event production, and marrying them with efficient implementation, is how unforgettable events happen.
As the creative visionary behind Evantine Design, Brian Kappra’s passion for storytelling is evident in every aspect of his design firm. He is the master of installing breathtaking—and often logistically ambitious—environments, despite the challenging realities of event production. With over three decades in the special event industry, Brian’s signature designs are custom-crafted with imaginative elements, theatrical impact and proprietary, artistic details. It’s no wonder that his event interiors attract and inspire an enviable roster of A-list clientele, from respected corporations and charitable organizations, to the area’s most influential tastemakers and society hosts. Brian is also a generous contributor to charitable causes — donating time, talent, and resources to the Abramson Cancer Center, MANNA, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, amfAR, The Transplant Foundation, Project HOME, the Foundation for Breast & Prostate Health, as well as countless others. When he’s not designing show-stopping events, you can find Brian watching the sunset from the dock at his New Jersey lake house, zip-lining through the tree tops in Costa Rica, or holding his nieces’ hands as they stroll around Disney World.