Explore the strategy behind the visual identity of the world’s first live design and print fashion brand.
YR is much more than a branding project. We started working together in 2012. Since then, YR has reached several milestones where their branding needed adapting, expanding, reinventing or refocusing. They have entered new industries and markets, launched new products and services and targeted new audiences.
We have always stayed close by to provide expert help in every area of their branding and design. Today, YR partners with the biggest brands in retail and fashion, including Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld and Levi’s to name just a few.
At the start of our collaboration YR was called Luma. Their first breakthrough invention was the digital graffiti wall. We were brought in to create a fresh look for Luma’s product line of digital experiences, including YR Wall.
Soon, we were branding a new branch of their business, which was fusing technology with fashion. The tech allowed people to customise their garments in store and have them printed live. YR Store was a big hit.Learn about Brand Purist’s brand development service
YR’s brand identity has been realigned to support changes in their business strategy over the years. Key milestones have included:
These changes were made over a long period of time. We carefully considered their potential impact on the business, and managed risks by choosing a path of incremental evolution.Learn about Brand Purist’s brand identity service
The fashion customisation arm of the business was going strong. YR Store booths soon appeared in Selfridges, Liberty and Topshop – on London’s Oxford Circus and New York’s 5th Avenue. The retail industry loved the concept and the brand.
The team saw an opportunity in leveraging the YR Store brand for their main business. So they commissioned the rebrand of Luma to YR Live. We implemented the new branding across all touchpoints, communicated the change to clients and ensured the rebrand had staff buy-in.Learn about Brand Purist’s rebranding service
Rebranding is often more noticeable because it involves changing the visual identity. Brand repositioning is about changing people’s perceptions, but not necessarily the look of the brand. It can have a huge impact, even though it’s less visible.
YR’s business pivoted from catering to the events industry to partnering with global retail brands. We helped underpin this shift with a brand positioning exercise that involved questionnaires, interviews and workshops for staff. Once the direction was agreed internally, we updated YR’s brand communications across their website, presentations, social media, marketing and sales channels. The result was a distinct place in the competitive landscape and a clearly articulated value proposition.Learn about Brand Purist’s brand positioning service
YR’s brand architecture has changed over the years. We created sub-brands, and new product and service brands. But we kept the visual identity cohesive throughout, always aiming to simplify any complexity for YR’s audiences.Learn about Brand Purist’s brand architecture service
We’ve helped YR grow into a global brand, supporting them with everything from overarching brand strategies to daily design tasks. They now have offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Helped by a strong brand, YR has:
Our work demands a deep understanding of YR. As the creator of the brand, we are fully invested in its success. YR’s leadership recognises the importance of branding and knows that it is crucial to continuously invest in it. This close alignment on vision and values helps us maintain a pioneering brand and strong partnership.Learn about Brand Purist’s brand management service
Rebranding and brand positioning services involve various research methods to uncover challenges and opportunities. We analyse competitors and audiences, and conduct interviews, workshops and site visits in search of insights.Learn about Brand Purist’s brand audit service
We keep YR’s brand messages relevant, coherent and impactful. Their priorities and target audiences have evolved over the years. But we reflect their positioning as ‘the global customisation partner’ across all communications.
YR’s website and sales presentations are the most important touchpoints. We maintain a consistent quality by handling both content and design.Learn about Brand Purist’s brand communications service
Collaboration is ingrained in YR’s identity. YR has built up its recognition by partnering with brands that have cult-like followings. We helped YR shape their team-ups with brands including A Bathing Ape, Star Wars, Boy London, Obey, GCDS and SpongeBob.
We act as YR’s brand guardian and advise on brand maintenance and growth, from small designs to holistic brand strategies.Learn about Brand Purist’s brand consulting service