Cocolobo is described by Anagrama – the multidisciplinary design agency behind their new visual identity – as a ‘high-end shopping boutique that caters exclusively to strong women with a confident and in vogue fashion sense’. For the name, Anagrama played with the patrons’ ‘characteristic duality’, with a ‘catchy and fun’ compounding of ”Coco” (coconut in Spanish) and “lobo” (Spanish for wolf), which helped to define the ‘Cocolobo woman’ as ‘not only feminine and sweet, but also independent, aggressive, sensuous and daring’
The agency captured and conveyed this duality in print through the combination of a black and white colour palette ‘portraying the elegant, sober aspect of the brand’, a red highlight to represent ‘all that is feminine and chic’, and the contrast of the logo-mark’s playful familiarity and the logo-type’s sense of exclusivity.
Anagrama have just completed the branding of Romero+McPaul, an English-style velvet slipper manufacturer and retailer established by Italian shoemaker Mr. Migliori that produces bespoke lines handcrafted by artisans with a ‘trendy twist’.
“For this project, our inspiration was heavily drawn from traditional English types and coat of arms mixed with the over-the-top luxuriousness of The Hamptons and it’s sailing and yacht club maritime lifestyle. With the intention to speak of the product’s duality, we created a storyline based on two characters, Romero and McPaul. Romero is the mischievous heartthrob, representing the product’s playfulness, warmth and latino heritage, while mMcPaul is the serious, traditional man, embodying the product’s ancestral and upscale British nature. We gave the brand the rosemary (or “romero” in Spanish) not only as a wink to its name but also as a reference to this herb’s curious nature, as it only grows close to the sea.”
James Braund is a Melbourne-based photographer with a background in journalism, an approach ‘characterised by an unfussed, direct methodology’ and over twenty years of experience in the design editorial and advertising fields.
Arising out of a ‘desire for a more contemporary look aimed at designers and art directors’, James’ new identity, developed by Hofstede - an agency committed to typographical craft and detailing – conveys his methodology by leveraging the economy, utility and contemporary sensibilities of a heavy, uncoated, unbleached mixed fibre board, an urban combination of cool and warm concrete greys, the restraint and what Hofstede describe as the robust typographical choice of Akkurate executed with a stacked, uppercase confidence and a good eye for letter and line spacing. This type-only approach is elevated by the high quality finish of a foil set within the reductionist context of broad unprinted regions used across the collateral. The result is a modern aesthetic neutrality and fine detailing that neatly frames the rich detail of James’ photography.
Brazilian fashion blogger Rafaela Abrahao recently commissioned design agency BR/Bauen to develop a new visual identity that would extend across her website and stationery. Drawing on Rafaela’s favourite brands, Prada, Versace and Hermes, and an interest in English nobility for inspiration, BR/Bauen developed a solution that unites the fine illustrative detail and typographical flourish of a blackletter monogram executed with a contemporary and consistent single line weight, an uppercase neoclassical Didone logo-type, duplex material textures and the finish of a foil, hand stamp and emboss. It is a combination which works well to convey the personal aspect of blogging, garment texture and a clear relationship with high fashion.
Dalaco is a UK-based family run cufflink and accessory business that has been designing for and marketing to jewellers for over 30 years. Their new visual identity, developed by design agency Believe In, marks the passing of the business from one generation to another through the contemporary rendering of a lark, a songbird that signals the dawn of a new day, that was inspired by the heritage of the family name and acts, much like a craftsman’s monogram, as a symbol of pride, care and a guarantee of quality.
Les Market is an on-line fashion boutique, with a store in Stockholm, that offers a curated collection from brands such as Rick Owens, Kris Van Assche, Alexander Wang and Raf Simons. The store’s visual identity, developed by Planet Creative, establishes – through a bold sans-serif logo-type, a tape, paint and black marker aesthetic, typewriter slab-serif and a monochromatic colour palette – an urban and industrial quality that frames the detail and distinctive style of the garments.
Solis is the fashion label of Tel Aviv-based Lisa Grishakova, a women’s clothing designer who balances texture, colour and pattern to create her collections. The label’s new identity draws together and subtly conveys the high quality detailing of Lisa’s garments, the warmth and radiance of the brand name and familiar fashion sensibilities, through the combination of a weighty material choice, surface treatments, foil print finish and light, consistent, single line weight letters and illustration.
Anni Hall is a Sydney-based writer, editor, hair and makeup artist, and former online beauty and bridal editor for Vogue Australia. Her visual identity, created by German design studio Dittmar, unites fine organic detail, bold form and the tactile, craft qualities of a weighty substrate and deboss print finish, to create an unusual and distinctive union of natural beauty and typographical efficiency.
Sancy & Regent is a UK-based online boutique retailer of limited edition jewellery created by young international designers. Their visual identity, developed by independent design studio OK-RM, combines classic type, proprietary quirk and subtle embellishment with tactile material choices and a hidden high quality print finish, to convey small-scale craft with consistent, curated quality.
Andrew Schweitzer Foto is a Melbourne-based photographer who captures images of the built and natural environment and also services the portrait and fashion markets. His visual identity, developed by creative design agency Studio Constantine, delivers a structural and personal sensibility through the unusual monogrammatic union of three initials neatly ‘framed’ by the contact details of an austere but contemporary business card.