There’s always a lot to consider when doing a rebrand. This project was no different.
Once upon a recent time, a renowned fashion model had an online ethical fashion shop called Antibad. Its web agency saw it being mothballed, so, being eco-warrior fashionistas themselves, launched a similar shop called Antibrand. Antibrand got a bit too militant and off track for the founders, so when I started work on it I suggested a name change, rebrand and repositioning. A full do-over.
Fitted around other projects, the name took me a month to think up. When it did finally pop into my head, it felt like a revelation, but surely a word that must already be a thing — a movement, a hashtag — at least a San Francisco boutique.
Ethist was all-new. (Except for the .com- and @-squatters, those people think of every combo of everything.)
Moving on to the brand mark, Helen the owner took a long journey to Vogue and back again, but pretty well ended up where I first suggested: a simple, mid-weight sans. Classic, modern, quietly confident, gender-neutral. (Credit where credit is due: Helen did discover the perfect final typeface, from which I made a bespoke between-weight for the logotype.)
Ethist’s endeavour is to fight fast fashion with ethically made high(er) fashion. Proper pieces for refined, curated, ethical wardrobes. Think Parisian organic boutique rather than TopShop. I proposed a logo representing that break with a literal break that itself breaks a norm — a hyphen, on the wrong line. With this execution, Ethist could brand other words and concepts:
Anyway. When Ethist’s final creative development was still a work in progress, its parent company discovered some serious Covid-related budget challenges which meant I could sadly no longer work for them.
They’ll be back.
[ For Antibrand—Ethist ]