Mote

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About Mote

Southern California's leading Shopify Design and Development Experts. Call (424) 645-0349 or email yourfriends@mote.agency — We create elegant websites for intelligent brands.

Mote is a full service digital creative agency with an in-house development studio based in Venice, California. We specialize in e-commerce, design, branding, development and engineering.

We don't outsource or believe in unpaid interns.

PORTFOLIO

http://mote.agency

LATEST PROJECTS

Moon Juice — http://moonjuiceshop.com
Christy Dawn — http://christydawn.com
Frank Ocean — http://boysdontcry.co
Mr. Leight — http://mrleight.com
Joyrich — http://joyrich.com
Anna Beck — http://annabeck.com
David Pirrotta — http://davidpirrotta.com
African Botanics — http://africanbotanics.com
Stories + Objects — http://storiesandobjects.com

WHAT WE DO

Shopify Design
Shopify Development
Custom Shopify Themes
Custom Shopify Apps
Brand Identity
Logo Design
SEO
iOS Apps
React.js Apps
Facebook Ads
Google Ads
Mailchimp Design
Mailchimp Development
Custom Platform Migrations
Full Stack Engineering
Software Engineering
Data Engineering

WHO WE ARE

We are a team of creatives lead by one of the industry's most talented software engineers. We have been designing and developing websites for over 15 years and have been working with Shopify since 2011. Our clients range from Fortune 500 companies to some of the most innovative and disruptive startups.

44 Testimonials

shopaesthetic

We are a curated lifestyle brand that embodies an appreciation for beautiful design. We strive to inspire those in search for a little individuality and simplicity and It’s all in the details for us. It was imperative that we find a team that had the same appreciation for consideration and our highly curated artisanal products. I definitely found that same level of care in Mote. I knew they were the right team to work with from the moment I saw their work and it’s been such a pleasure working with them.

STORIES+OBJECTS

Stories + Objects required an elegant custom solution to present our destination storytelling and curated object souvenirs from our artisan collaborations. Mote understood the complexities of our vision and delivered not only a highly sophisticated design, but one that is also easily navigable and delivered on our wish to create an experience in which viewers could be transported to each place through the films and visuals that we share our unique storytelling lens through.

I had spoken with other developers prior to engaging Mote, and many of the proposed solutions lacked the unexpectedness and refinement that were present in the very first designs proposed by Mote.

Jamie Leilani Pelayo, founder Stories + Objects

Eight Sixty

I have a lot of experience in fashion and this was my first dive into the digital realm - it was fantastic working with a team that really understands the industry and were more than happy to explain this very new process to me. They truly have a great eye and took the time understand what our goals were and more importantly who we were trying to reach. From their presentations to the final product, everything was considered and the concepts were strong. We really appreciate the experience we’ve had working with Mote and would recommend them wholeheartedly.

Styled Settings

What we do is pretty unique - Styled Settings is selective collections of tabletop décor and accessory kits designed to make dinner hostesses and their tables look great. We provide the inspiration and essentials and our clients add their personal touch - so you can focus your time on good food and friends rather than running around to a dozen stores simply to find all the perfect details for your centerpiece.

Since this is a new venture for us and an overall fresh concept, it was crucial to find a team that could clearly translate this and make it easy for our supporters and curious viewers to understand what we’re all about and how we can help. Mote’s design is the perfect pedestal to showcase our brand. Sara and her team really focused on introducing our business model and guiding our customer through the entire process in the Styled Settings fashion.

I also personally have a background in technology, which is perhaps one of the reasons I was inspired to launch my own start up, so it’s safe to say I have a good understanding of the process - it was exciting working with a team that really included me and listened as we bounced ideas back and forth to make this a collaborative effort. They’re extremely knowledge and it was easy to trust such a considerate team with my project. All and all, they did everything necessary to lead up to an extremely smooth launch and we’re so excited for the holiday season to begin!

Third Base Market & Spirits

Third Base Market and Spirits carries a large variety, ranging from your go-tos to rare vintages. My staff and I pride ourselves on our in-depth knowledge, expertise and our extensive as well as eclectic collection. Our brick and mortar has a great following and reputation, so we decided to expand and venture into online sales. Mote was thoughtful. They came up with a not only attractive but clever design. We’re excited to grow our online following as we have with our brick and mortar.

MARIKOKO

My brand is very much so an extension of me and my personal experience - women are my muse, mothers are the source and the inspiration. At Marikoko we sell thoughtfully curated products that could make the soul of you or your home feel more comforted, more beautiful, and all around healthier. This is a project very close to my heart and has a very strong, intimate and compelling voice. So it was a big job to fill. Mote was the perfect team to nurture my ideas and transform them into a compelling and absolutely spot on design. We’re launching soon and I can’t wait to see my vision and collaboration with Mote come to life.

Sensory

It started with this idea that kept coming back to me - I wanted to re-invent the online store: making it more experiential, more editorialized, and all around more thoughtful and engaging.

My vision was to create a shoppable online magazine with interactive layouts that invite the viewer to shop from a selection of highly curated products displayed in a new way. It was ambitious and innovative and to be honest, I wasn’t quite sure how that vision would translate digitally. I reached out to Mote after looking at their past work and knowing they have a strong background in fashion. I am so glad I did - they listened, really understood my concept, and accepted the challenge.

Their design concept for my site was better than I could even imagine - knowing the same creatives that brought my idea to life will also be building it comforts me in knowing a incredible amount of attention to detail, care and consideration will be carried through and through. From what my collaborators have seen, they’re so intrigued about what is rolling out and excited to learn more. We’re launching soon and can’t wait to share!

Shoppe 815

As a Creative Director myself, I’m very aware and have an eye for attention to detail, consideration and concepts. My brand has a strong voice and story, so I needed to choose a team that I felt understood this voice and could elevate it.

After seeing some of Mote’s previous work, I felt that they were the right fit for this project, then I spoke to them on the phone and I knew I made the right decision. Working with Mote has been an incredible experience - professional, positive and undeniably experts. I was confident knowing that a strong team was executing my vision.

We are thrilled with the outcome of the site and the response from our clients has been extremely positive.

FlyAway BlueJay

Working with Sara and her team was an absolute pleasure! We were ready for a fresh look and they made the experience of updating our site so easy.

Flyaway Bluejay sources products from small artisans who are as passionate about their craft as they are the environment. Every item within our store is carefully selected for it’s beauty as well as it’s beginnings - something we are proud of and known for. From the beginning, Mote took this in to consideration and shared suggestions for us to both educate and engage our viewers, offering for them to take part in the conversation and join us in making ethical shopping choices.

Throughout the project Mote providing ideas for how to showcase our products as well as our unique story. They worked with our creative input and feedback to achieve the vision we had in mind: a design which aligns with our brand values.

It’s clear the team at Mote is both talented and hard working, and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to work together.

Après Push

I approached Mote to help me start up a passion project of mine. I did my research when looking for an agency. By far they were the most responsive, positive, helpful, and straightforward people to work with. I strive to help new mothers through my work and wanted to continue this online. Après Push offers a curated package designed to gracefully ease a mother into and out of the postpartum period, educating her and comforting her every step of the way while ensuring she feels pampered and taken care of.

It was refreshing working with a team that admires the entrepreneurial spirit and was equally as excited to get my startup online. They took my inspiration and ran with it.
Working with Mote was a wonderful experience through and through - and I’m so excited to start selling.

VSA Designs

We are a jewelry brand of unique handcrafted statement pieces - we found Mote to help us transfer from Squarespace to Shopify. Our brand has a very distinctive and strong voice and Mote really helped us understand how we can translate this onto our site. They know Shopify in and out, and helped us with recommendations as well as guided us throughout the entire process. Great working with the team at Mote and can’t wait to launch our new site!

Wild and Woolly

I was on a tight deadline as my new brand, Wild and Woolly, was scheduled to be featured in the New York Times. Sara and her team at Mote made sure to make it all happen in time for launch. Mote was there every step of the way to guide me through the process...a great experience through and through. Thanks Sara and Annamarie!

Gembox

We absolutely love our site! This was a very new process to us and a project we truly have our hearts and souls in so having it fall into Mote agency’s hands was so refreshing. We’re young entrepeaurs with a very particular and strong sense of design so the look of the site was very important to us not only to speak to our target audience but also speak our visual language. Mote kept up with our fresh ideas and made great recommendations while also using Shopify’s platform to it’s fullest. We’ve had such great feedback and are so proud to call this site ours!

Tempo Italy

Mote agency was a perfect fit for us. We sell beautifully crafted, luxurious outerwear made from the finest Florentine materials. We’re incredibly passionate about our brand and have dedicated a lot into our capsule collection. To truly do our designs justice, our site needs to reflect this same air of refinement and empowerment from someone who understands this industry and market. We’ve had a wonderful experience with Mote throughout the project. We felt as though they were truly invested in our goals, and not only understood our brand but appreciated what we are building. So excited to have launched and looking forward to this upcoming season and many to follow.

Mod Thread

Sara and her team at Mote are true professionals, with a great eye for detail. Mod Thread is based on disruption and innovation - giving customers the ability and freedom to design their own fashionable apparel versus relying on traditional retailers pushing trends.

The Mod Thread app allows people to express themselves in ways they haven't been able to do so ever before, allowing them to unleash their inner designers. Our team is built of entrepreneurs with strong creative/design sensibilities, we needed engineers to understand this and run with it for our website. Sara and her team at Mote listened to us, really cared about what we are doing and that respect translated through their work.

Pint Sized Fashionista

Aesthetics are very important to us. My sister and I have a strong following and we take a lot of pride in our brand. From the perfect shade of lip gloss to insight on the world of travel and fashion, our genuine connection to our followers is important to us. We needed our site to reflect this to continue that loyalty and trust as we build upon our brand and grow our e-commerce. Mote was the right expert. After giving them our inspiration, Sara and her team really paid attention to the experience we’d be offering. This was a new process to my sister and I so we gave them the reigns and stepped back - wonderful experience through and through and we’re so excited to launch.

Josh Rosebrook Skin and Hair Care

Mote was absolutely the right studio for us - it was such a pleasure working with a team that is genuinely interested and was familiar with my brand even before we reached out.

They understand our customer and were able to make recommendations to improve upon the online experience we wanted to offer them. Sara and her team at Mote were fantastic to work with all around.

anatomyredefined

With a very distinct and ambitious vision in mind, I needed the right studio to help me translate my ideas into both print and digital media. We’re a mind-body studio based in Chicago with a mission to shake things up a bit and re-frame the idea of self-care with the end goal of helping people achieve a connection within themselves. I was so lucky to find Mote to work with me from the beginning to develop my brand’s identity with a site design and build to match. From logo to letterhead and all the recommendations in between, their ideas were fresh, smart, chic and really catered to my studios ideals. They were able to hone in on the message and the voice of my studio and turn it into visuals that I couldn’t be more proud of.

Not Vodka

As Not Vodka began to prepare for our launch in August, we knew we needed a new site to better reflect our brand and message. After interviewing several agencies, Mote was the clearcut winner. From the first conversation Sara and her team grasped our concept and saw our vision. We needed a partner that could see where we wanted to go and build an easy to modify template at a great rate, and Mote did that. Not Vodka is a very visual company and being able to quickly adjust graphics and design elements was crucial to the buildout and Mote knocked that out of the park. We have a good amount of mobile traffic, so they ensured the design translated seamlessly across all devices and was optimized for mobile. I'd recommend them to anybody looking for a top notch partner.

Hello Crisp

Big thank you to Sara and her team for creating my new site. I outgrew my previous platform and was ready to migrate over and launch with Shopify. All that was needed was the right team to help throughout the process, and I’m so glad that I reached out to Mote. They were friendly, approachable, and made each step of their process easy to understand. They worked with me to fine tune the layouts to better reflect the aesthetic of my brand, and were able to jump in and provide advice and support for the questions I had throughout. I am so excited with the result and to launch my new site!

TennysonRed

Very happy with the finished website Mote delivered. They were able to take my vision and build a beautiful site. They even took the time after the site was complete to address a few minor issues with some theme features. Sara made sure I was happy with the finished product. I am more than pleased with how everything looks and functions. Thank you Mote.

Huset | Your house for modern Scandinavian living

We’re known for our curated selection of products centered around modern Scandinavian design, and value a website which compliments this. We have a loyal following of stylish clients and wanted a site that reflects not only our unique selection but feels current and is fun as well as intuitive to shop. We were referred to Mote from a fellow Abbot Kinney boutique and from the minute we introduced ourselves to Sara and her team, knew we would be in good hands - they understood our sense of design and needs of our business immediately. Their recommendations not only forwarded the aesthetics of our site but were centered around the overall user experience which we are grateful for as our business continues to grow. Really excited to expand our online sales and couldn’t be more proud of our new site!

The Glad Hours

Couldn’t be more thrilled and excited to launch my new site! Sara and her team were friendly, professional, and extremely skilled in guiding me through the design and development process. This is a new venture and I was impressed how seamlessly they were a able to translate the core values of my company into the digital space. Throughout our time working together I felt as though they truly cared about my project and made the most intricate and considered suggestions to help me represent my brand. Their work is intuitive and their talent is undeniable. Will always recommend my friends at Mote and look forward to working with them in the future.

Buff You Intimates

"We were new to the Shopify platform, and our first conversation with the Mote team helped us understand that it was right for our new business. They are very experienced, experts in using Shopify and were able to make great suggestions about which templates to use and what general design would be best. Their correspondence with us was always extremely friendly and encouraging, yet they remained very business-minded and professional. They went above and beyond to take care of additional details such as creating a color swatch for our products and editing our product photos. The aesthetic is streamlined and exactly what we wanted to represent our new brand. We're very happy with our new website and are thankful for the effort put in by the entire Mote team."

davidpirrotta DISTRIBUTION, Inc

Working with Sara Mote and her team has been great. We brought them on to collaborate with us in rebranding our company and creating an online experience to compliment. Our own mission is to build successful brands. It was refreshing working with an agency who dedicates the same attention to detail, care, and consideration into their projects as we devote into our own work. We have a new platform to showcase what we’re proud of : our experience, our services, and our brands. And, for the very first time, we also have the opportunity to explore the possibilities of e-commerce with our own online boutique.

Bows and Arrows

We reached out with a few ideas as well as a concept mock for our homepage, and Mote Agency hit the nail on the head. We’re a design driven company and working with people with as much talent and experience as Mote agency helped us evolve our ideas into design. From ping-ponging our creative input, we were able to collaborate and create something we’re excited about. Really appreciate how much effort and time Sara and her team spent to fine-tune and make things just right. Feel like we partnered on this creatively in taking our concept and building off of it to create what it is now. Such a great improvement, thumbs up. Looking forward to working with Sara and her studio in the future.

Moon Juice

Sara Mote and her team have been instrumental in the relaunch of our website. They understand the unique needs of our business model, and the way Shopify works. As an added bonus, they are located near our flagship store in Venice Beach and have been frequent visitors since the first day we opened. They’ve watched our business grow first-hand, and share our excitement to continue evolving the online experience. We’re a creative team, always thinking of new things to try and ways to reinvent our website. Glad to have a like-minded team to collaborate with to make it all happen.

Assembly New York

Extremely responsiveness communication and workflow

Devocion

With a recent stateside launch as well as being rated one of America’s top coffee roasters, we’re always on the lookout for ways to step up our online experience and offerings. It’s been great working with the team at Mote, who understand our brand and put a lot of care into what they do.

Christy Dawn

It was great finding a local Venice studio to work with, as well as a team that considers and understands our brand, our ethos and most importantly our customer. We have enjoyed working with Mote and look forward to continuing our partnership.

Aethēr

Bringing Mote on as creative partner has been instrumental to our success. Sara and her team devoted tremendous attention to the development of our identity - we brought a concept to the table, they worked with us to turn it into a thriving brand. 

They crafted our Shopify site from the ground up, tailoring it to ensure visitors had the mobile friendly modern conveniences needed to turn them into loyal shoppers while letting the true heroes of our site, the products, shine. The unique photography they delivered sets us apart from the competition and gave a distinctive edge which lead to steady, constantly growing sales from day one.

Without a doubt a factor in this success is the pride Mote takes in keeping design and development in-house. Without outsourcing a single task, they delivered us the brand, strategy and success we hoped for and more - with one point of contact that grew to know us well.

We’ve surpassed our initial goals in a fraction of the time anticipated. This allows us to further invest. With the talented team at Mote now working on a cutting edge rebuild of our site using the latest React.js front-end tech, we’re delighted to see what the future brings.

David Gross Group

Working with Sara and her team has been an absolute pleasure. My company has been passed down among many generations in my family and as this is the first time we’ve had a web presence, choosing the right studio was incredibly important to me. It’s great collaborating with a team that compliments the same level of attention to detail I take in my creations. Sara and her team thoroughly considered my vision, and assisted in navigating from ideas and inspiration to a concept and design. We’ve just launched and have already received such a positive response. Looking forward to continuing my relationship with Mote agency.

AUST.

Sara has been an absolute gift to our business!

We met her when she walked into our Abbot Kinney store location and discovered she ran an awesome design studio, it's so great to be able to collaborate within our Venice Beach community!

We got more than just a web designer, we got a team that thoroughly considered our vision, took the time to understand our aesthetic, and incorporate our ideas (as well as some of Sara's great ideas) into a website that reflects our personality.

Sara is very smart and business minded, very knowledgable, and her professionalism continues to impress me. I look forward to continue working together with Sara and her team on our store's long term design goals!

Solandria

After launching my site on Shopify and getting as far as I could, I reached out for help to represent my brand as I visualized it to be. Sara and her team took my inspiration and helped me by selecting considered branding choices to pull my site together. They were punctual, professional and went above and beyond. I look forward to continuing to work with them as my brand grows.

African Botanics

Sara was instrumental in the re-launch of our site. We had an idea of our dream layout and needed help transforming our concept into a reality. We handed our site over to Sara and let her work her magic. She listened to our wishes and needs, implementing the changes that we were looking for and suggesting ways to further refine, polish and prepare for launch. She was highly responsive and skilled in leading us through the process, and we greatly look forward to continuing to work with Sara and value her expertise.

jeankaori

It was a pleasure working with Sara and her team to create my website. They were professional, responsive and took the time to fully understand my vision and what I wanted to convey on the site.
I was most impressed with their creative process -- by being so organized and invested from the start, all of their design recommendations were spot-on, so the final website came together with ease. Also, I am not a technical person, so I really appreciated their extra effort and patience in helping me with those issues. Overall, it is clear that they are passionate about their work and are committed to designing and developing the best possible websites for their clients. I had a very positive experience and am looking forward to working with them for many seasons to come.

Top Expert

Sara was just what we needed for our topexpert.us site. She brings vast luxury retail experience, passion, and an up-to-the-minute knowledge of fashion and design to the table. She knows just what customers would expect from the site of a premium brand. The custom layouts and overall site experience really honor what's important to our whole mission - stylish minimalism and precise construction. Sara helped us maintain and refine that vision from our first meeting to launch, and we couldn't be happier with the results.

Raquel Allegra

Sara was highly responsive and skilled in leading us through the process of building our site. In addition to realizing our design as a functional eCommerce site, she helped us set up the basics to meet our launch date, and provided training for our in-house team that would be running our site.

Klurskin

It has been a pleasure working with Sara. I came to her with an idea of how I wanted my store to look, and she guided me through the entire process. Sara took the time to listen and create beautiful designs in line with my inspiration, and develop ways to to build on the aesthetic of my brand and packaging to bring a more polished feeling to the site.

Highly recommend Sara to anyone looking for a talented designer - she is passionate, professional, easy to communicate with, and delivers excellent results!

Hayden Reilly

Sara understood my vision immediately and designed a thoughtful and straight forward website to showcase my ceramic and bronze sculptures. She has an incredible eye for detail and proposed a clean yet impactful style of photography to highlight the craftsmanship of my work. She gave me the skills necessary to hit the ground running, and continues to offer suggestions how we can further customize and take my site to the next level. It’s been a dream to work together with Sara. She has my highest recommendation!

Addie Brands

Working with Sara has been wonderful . She is professional, creative and insightful. There were many times where we knew we wanted some sort of functionality/overall look but we weren't sure what was possible or how it could work. Sara was very quick to provide a creative solution to any problem we faced. She was quick to make any changes we needed and always suggesting the best ways to accomplish our goals. She is very responsive and very easy to work with. We look forward to working with Sara again in the future.

The Neck Down

Sara helped us realize our dream of launching our store, The Neck Down, an online destination for scoring amazing vintage finds. She guided us through the entire process one step at a time. As new store owners, she showed us how to run our business and offered advice and powerful insight for growing our presence. She even taught us how to photograph and edit all of our products for our website and newsletters. Without Sara, we don't believe our store would have had as successful of a launch as it did!

Heist

Sara has been a key factor in the rapid growth of our e-commerce business. She helped us migrate our inventory over from Magento, re-design the user experience of our site for a successful re-launch with Shopify, and provided fundamental suggestions to streamline our processes and offer better service to our customers.

She helped us develop a strong web presence and create a unique and recognizable online identity, driven by a custom built ensembles page which highlights our styling aesthetic to drive sales. Sara was pivotal in forming a solid marketing plan for rapid customer acquisition and continuing retention and guided us through the creation of beautiful e-mail newsletters and successful social media campaigns. I would enthusiastically recommend Sara to any Shopify store owner.

Mona Moore

We worked with Sara on a tight deadline to move us over from Magento and launch our new site. She was incredible, super helpful, always available, and understood exactly what to suggest based on our needs. We could not have asked for a better experience. We are thrilled with our new website and will definitely work with Sara again for future customizations!

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