Fashion Philosophy

I asked myself a question, “What is my purpose in the marketing world?” Well, my hobby turned side projects answered that, with each one having a melody of its own. 4umum.com reflects my love for my dear mother, with slogans like giving back, optimis+ and “Hope is food for the Soul.” Whereas UnityStates.com has a mountain of a slogan, “Black or White – We’re ALL the Same” which resonates with the brave. Finally my masterpiece 7ofPARIS.com with its flamboyant slogans like, “Grandiose” or the quote, “Long Live the Crayon Kids,” to the punchline, “it’s easy to criticise, but can you create?” speaks volumes.

From all of my projects, I noticed a pattern in my brain. The secret ingredient behind my ideas is philosophy or fashion philosophy to be specific. I was always big on quotes, and during my university years I would flood my twitter line with food for thought, all of which helped me understand life. I then combined design with philosophy to create the brands above. It sounds simple right, but believe me I had many sleepless nights working on my craft – from quotes, to design, and execution through online sales.

Steve Jobs once said, “you cannot connect the dots forward, you can only do so backwards” and so I saved all my Confucious like quotes and combined them with simplistic design to create my brands. The quest to success lies in looking backwards and connecting the dots to draw the perfect picture. I absorbed so much art: from music, film, documentaries, the list goes on, but they all were part of the bigger puzzle. As I write this, I am fully content. With views from around the world, to online sales success of my brands. I have seasoned each brand with my creativity and kept it on the right track – towards their destination.

Branding takes years, and sometimes tears.

BRANDING – PART 6 – Copywriting

Words move mountains, and if you want your brand to succeed, you must condition the brand story with creative writing – otherwise known as copywriting. Writing good copy can be a challenge, but it’s instrumental you gather keywords and depending on the business or brand, you then link the buzzwords creatively. For example, let’s take the photobooth company I did content for; I wrote creative sentences like, “we zoom into your happiness,” or “we add colour to your occasion.” You see, the fun will never stop if you link words in a creative way. Another cool example I wrote copy for was a restaurant where the sentence, “we answer your cravings,” totally took their brand value to new heights.

I’ll tell you a secret, I’m a big fan of Gordon Ramsey and watched his Kitchen Nightmares show from the very first season. From the show, I would pick out food/cooking words – in a way I was stealing words from the main man Gordon himself, but when I had a restaurant as a client, I was able to write great copy! Hey, they say – great artists steal, but I doubt Gordon will be mad. By simply watching the show, I was inspired to write sentences like, “the key ingredient is delighting your taste-buds.” Another restaurant I designed a menu for happened to be in a resort located next a small waterfall, and I was able to use the location to my advantage by writing the following, “Qafa Resort has a melody of its own, enjoy your exquisite meal to the sound of mother nature.”

It’s easy brand enthusiasts, just think outside the box and great copy will flourish from your mind. On that note, this is where the blog ends.

Oh, and one last thing …

Thank you for your eyes 🙂

BRANDING – Part 5 – Swiss Made

Watches, they amaze me … and so does Switzerland. As a teen, I would visit my auntie with my brother every other year. Being a Londoner, I found the country strange. So many rules, from recycling to not being able to make noise after off-peak evening hours, or else face eviction from fellow Swiss neighbours. But all these rules is what makes the country boast an economy amongst the best in the World.

As a young university graduate, I wanted to know the secret to the “Swiss Made” formula. When you think of products from Switzerland, you think of luxury, advanced, tailored with precision – bold products with a high emphasis on quality, or QUALI+Y as I like to call it.

Let’s take watches as an example – there is three ingredients to a luxury Swiss watch: Design, Quality, and Typography. Design of course is critical, once your design is noticed by the masses and becomes in sync with the latest fashion trends, you’re onto a winner. Quality is obvious, but I bet typography raised your eyebrows. Yes, typography is the icing on the cake. If you look at all the biggest and most expensive brands, they all have unique typography, and they always mix it with another different font underneath. In graphic design this is called font pairing, or, fonts that marry with each other.

There you go people – the secret to a luxury brand is Design + Quality + Typography … thank me later!

BRANDING – PART 4

Firstly, branding does not change your brand, but your strategy. Secondly, we cannot stress how important the story is, as every story has its own unique roots. The best of brands create relationships with consumers, hence why the fuel of branding is emotions. Which brings us to the third necessity, Emotional Branding! EB is the cherry on top of the list we offer here at Moorketing because when a brand reflects love, only then can it escape competition. A brand must be fluent in loyalty, but this only happens when a brand is loved.

You may be thinking how? Well we cannot give away all the secrets, but, persistence is instrumental to a vision. Another key aspect is finding out what people think of your brand, find a way to dig into their gut feelings about your brand. Because for a brand to flourish, it must indulge and act upon customer feedback. Once you create this relationship with your customers, your brand in essence becomes part of their memory. That’s why a brand that is nostalgic, will always thrive.

Branding takes ideas, years, and in some cases, tears – but the good news is, we’ve been through all that hence why we’re referred to as Brand Scientists. After all, we believe that success is a science, and not only have we created brands, but revived them. I shall end with one of my favourite quotes, “it’s easy to criticise, but can you create?”

BRANDING – Part 2

The first step to branding is engraving belief. If you don’t believe the potential your brand has, then who will? You see, the destiny of a brand should be affection and that begins with you. You have to be the first person who will love your brand, as love is a brands best friend. The quest of a brand is love, whilst destiny – affection, I said it once and I’ll say it again. However, an idea is simply just an idea, but then you must garden your brand until it blossoms. 

For a brand to flourish, it must indulge and act upon customer feedback. On another note, a brand that is nostalgic will always thrive. Remember, persistence is instrumental to a great vision and it’s down to you to carry your vision forward. The road to a successful brand is differentiation. To enjoy the cream, you must satisfy your customer, it’s that simple. Things will get tough, however a brand must find its silver lining. The most successful brands are fluent in loyalty, as the bounty of your brand is customer loyalty. To enhance your brand, you must protect customer loyalty, it’s the core of your brand value. The ultimate fortune for a brand is brand loyalty. Your brand should be centred with love and coated with loyalty. 

A brand will only blossom when its purpose is sincere, so you cannot make things up. You must be original and genuine. A vital part of branding is emotional branding, how consumers become emotionally attached to products or services – such as apple. Your brand must have the ability of changing peoples’ lives. Story, purpose and love are the perfect ingredients to stir an affectionate brand. Note, brands have feelings too – they need love just like flowers need the sun. 

To conclude, your brand should be modest in expectation and honest in strategy. Whereas employees must harvest your secrets for brand longevity. Every brand must carry a scent of creativity. Ideas ignite brands, but only critical action makes dreams come true. Words can be just words but they can also be a melody to your brand, so take the above advice however you want it, but just remember emotional branding, google it at least … it certainly changed my life.

PERSISTENCE

There is a recipe to success and it’s called persistence. However you must take calculated risks, don’t risk everything because you will actually loose everything. Everybody craves success, money or fame, but what they don’t understand is the struggle. The struggle is an ingredient to success, as success is not a straight road, there are many bumps, many holes and hurdles you must overcome.

One must first plant a seed with an idea, then harvest and water that idea until suddenly it slowly blossoms. And when it grows, it grows into a delicious product, whereby your customers can indulge, allowing you to relax and applaud your success. But to get to this stage, persistence must be your appetite. Plants wont grow unless you water them.

Persistence is truly the fuel to success, so don’t give up! You must be the action to pollinate dreams, bee, see what I did there. To conclude, dreams are just dreams without action. 

STORIES

An irresistible brand contains a variety of ingredients, the main being its story. Some stories are timeless, others are nostalgic, whilst few are exceptional. In the very first page I wrote the following, “we believe that each brand has a story, if it doesn’t then this is a marketing crime,” so yes, I am very serious! One could say, a brands story is the melody to growth – a bold reminder of the past, influencing the present and its hope of the future.

We all know that without words there is no story, however without creativity there is no interest. Stories must also be simple to understand, so that they can be remembered and retold. In relation to branding, the message must be fundamental to the brands roots, defining its purpose and appeal to the masses. The challenge as a marketer arises when there is no story, much is the case with clients that have start ups. This is when creativity is tested, but there is always a seed to be found if you truly question the dots, then connect them to create a picture – mindfully.

To conclude, the human mind loves stories – from books, films, music, or real life experiences, everything has a story. Ever since we were old enough, stories have had an impact on us because we all have our own. That is the special thing and this also true with branding.

TYPOGRAPHY

Art also exists in typography and searching for fonts that pair well together is a quest, but once found it is a magnet to the eye. The infusion of serifs with sans serifs is crucial, however not all are destined to blossom. It takes experimentation along with taste to establish a connection, and the result – a contribution to art.

I was first introduced to the big brands of today whilst working in Harrods. From Prada to Gucci, each one had their own unique typography. It was apparent that fonts are instrumental to their success, sending its own message of elegance. I wanted to know how they created these ripples of creativity?

After a year of studying fonts through books, blogs, & articles I began to experiment. The result being 7ofParis.com – positioned in two words “Renaissance Couture” with the aim of selling affordable luxury. However, the challenge I found was using fonts for clients. A perfect example being a construction company. It would not have made sense if its slogan was in fashion typography, so we chose the rather simplistic Helvetica.

To conclude, each font must be in sync with the direction of the business as it is critical in creating your brand image. It can engineer your brand to victory, but only if you know your stuff! That is why, I respect graphic designers. They are truly modern day artists.

SIMPLICITY

Are you like me? When I first visited Paris I was amazed at the subtle yet rich brands such as Louis VuittonCartierChanelYves Saint LaurentBalenciaga … the list goes on. Some, I cannot even spell but I know how to pronounce them. I found something however that took me a while to realise, the key to their branding is simplicity. Yes, Simplicity!  

My first ever book that I read was How to Think like Leonardo Da Vinci and the very human who was part of the Renaissance period said, “Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication.” It was evident this is true when I read another book by Ken Segall (the right hand man for all matters Marketing to the legendary Steve Jobs). He stated that Apple were all about simplicity, I found this outstanding, but when one thinks in clarity … the iPhone has only one button at the front (everything is done via the touchscreen) I am not counting the volume, on/off button because that is standard in all phones. Even my two year old cousin used to play angry birds when the iPhone 4 was in its heyday.

So, be it Creativity, Design, or Branding everything should be simple. But by simple I mean the one that touches the 5 senses, be slick, attractive, and worthy of a purchase. Yes, that is the secret everyone however it is the most complex thing to accomplish.

Long Live Simplicity!

SUCCESS

For a chef to create he/she must taste. As simple as it sounds, it is rather true. However that is just one of the 5 senses. To be potent, you must allow the customer to fully indulge each senses. Only a polished brand has this ability, and believe me it can take years and tears, unless of course you already know the secret. The equation you see below is the alchemy to a successful brand, it will create ripples of positivity, and keep everyone happy – from staff to shareholders. I should really write a book on this, but being one that likes to share knowledge – here it is. 

Last night I had a conversation with someone close to my heart and perhaps my biggest critic. I was adamant that my point of taste being the road to success is correct, yet his view complemented mine with another sense … feel. Take for example the hospitality industry, in specific fancy restaurants – they truly first and foremost rely on feel. These are not my words, rather they are his – who has (may I add) been in hospitality for over 15 years, “feel is so important, when you are living in a city such as London, you are faced with daily challenges, you are not on holiday mode and it all begins with feel. From the cutlery to the glasses, quality of the napkin, all the way to the feel of the table/chairs.” 

Feel must be conditioned in the brand DNA, feel leads the path to taste, without feel we will not enjoy the taste. In short, feel fuels taste … irresistible taste that is. Now you can poach my thought or you can ignore it, but if you truly understand branding, you should keep this in mind: Success = Feel + Taste