New Zealand menswear brand Hallensteins captured a fair bit of attention with its last ad, which was shot on the Bonneville Salt flats in Utah and featured motocross star Carey Hart. And it’s headed overseas once again for another impressive spot to coincide with the launch of its winter collection, this time teaming up with The Script lead singer Danny O’Donoghue and heading to Cuba.
For the third year in a row, Roy Morgan handed out awards to 24 Kiwi businesses that showed the highest levels of customer satisfaction, when measured against its annual survey of over 12,000 New Zealanders.
Hallensteins has been trying valiantly to add some coolness to the brand in recent years. And, if the much improved first half results for parent company Hallenstein Glasson are anything to go by, that approach is working. But its latest ad, The Power of the Suit, which was made by Publicis Mojo and directed by new Thick as Thieves recruit Jae Morrison, is easily its edgiest yet.
Given the commercial slant of Valentine’s Day, and the willingness consumers have to shell out for objects for the objects of affection, there’s never any shortage of interesting creative ideas clamouring for attention at this time of the year. Some of them are pretty good, most of them aren’t. But here are a couple of local examples that caught our attention.
Hallensteins seems to be trying pretty hard to increase its coolness quotient. Publicis Mojo’s first ad for the mainstream clothes retailer featured a track by indie darlings Sleigh Bells (and they got in a bit of trouble for the racy lyrics) and to launch the summer 2011 range it has tapped into some Hollywood star power with the velvety voice of academy award nominee Matt Dillon and headed to Mexico City with Thick as Thieves to film the latest instalment of the Brothers campaign.
Publicis Mojo and Hallensteins received a smack on the hand recently after a fun-hater complained about the lyrics of the Sleigh Bells song used in its first ‘Brothers’ commercial. And the pair have gone down what could be another slightly controversial road for the next big push, with a campaign that hopes to catch the illustrious yet highly elusive New Zealand Canadian moose.