Meet Phil Otto. Director of Retail at NELSON Worldwide.  Based in Cincinnati, Phil will work closely with clients and project teams throughout the design process to create spaces that build emotional connection and elevate the experience.

Professionally, what is one thing you want to be remembered for?

Creating designs based on culture and lifestyle that connect with a passionate audience.


Q: Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Everett, Washington not far from the Mukilteo Ferry – with the Skagit Valley and San Juan islands nearby. I had the good fortune to see views of Puget Sound out the kitchen window and the Cascades a stone’s throw up the road!


Q: Who inspires you?

Right now it’s Virgil Abloh. I love that he’s taking Street Culture to Luxury with his recent moves. This is a path that inspires me and relates to much of my work to date.


Q: What is a song or album that helps pump you up?

I love music and listen to so many things! This is a tough one to answer with just one track.  So, I’ll have to say it’s Beethoven’s 9th, Second Movement, followed up with anything by Massive Attack!


I am thrilled to become part of the innovative team that’s helping to shape the ever-evolving retail industry. I am committed to exploring the intersection between design, architecture, art, and culture to create meaningful connections with communities. I am looking forward to working with the team at NELSON to inspire through design.– Phil Otto