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Levi’s taps K-Pop girl group NewJeans as its newest global ambassador

Singapore – In celebration of its 501 jeans’ 150th anniversary, global clothing brand Levi’s has named popular South Korean girl group NewJeans as its newest global ambassador. The year-long partnership – spanning Spring/Summer ‘23 and Autumn/Winter ‘23 – will include a new campaign featuring the brand, concerts, and appearances. 

To kick off the partnership, Levi’s will release a brand campaign featuring NewJeans that celebrates the group’s positive energy and each member’s unique personality, all whilst wearing items from the upcoming Levi’s® Spring/Summer 2023 collection. 

Additionally, NewJeans will celebrate 501 Day on May 20th – the date in 1873 when Levi Strauss & Co. was granted a patent on the process of riveting pants – in Seoul with a live performance.

According to Levi’s, the five-member girl group is perfectly placed to be the brand’s ambassador as they represent ‘youth and timelessness’.

“NewJeans is a talented group that has looked to the past for inspiration while boldly blazing their own unique future in culture. As the group’s influence on the music industry and culture continues to grow, we’re excited to be a part of their journey and help NewJeans connect with fans globally in a fresh and authentic way,” said Chris Jackman, vice president of global brand marketing at Levi’s.

Meanwhile, NewJeans expressed their excitement over the partnership, stating, “We’re honoured and thrilled to represent Levi’s, a timeless brand that literally created the world’s most iconic new jeans while constantly looking towards the future.” 

The group also added that because of the brand’s support for youth culture and their admiration for Levi’s, the partnership is something that came naturally. 

Throughout the year, NewJeans will also continue to celebrate the anniversary of Levi’s 501 jeans and represent the brand as a global ambassador.

NewJeans is a K-Pop girl group featuring members Minji, Hanni, Danielle, Haerin, and Hyein, with music that spans forward-thinking reimaginings of 2000s sounds with singles “Attention,” “Hype Boy”, “Cookie”, and most recently, “Ditto” and “OMG”, which both entered the Billboard Hot 100 this year.

Previously, parent company Levi Strauss has also announced a slew of commercial endeavours around East Asia, including the launch of new stores and new in-store services throughout the region.

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Levi Strauss announces new commercial endeavours in East Asia

Hong Kong – Global apparel brand Levi Strauss has announced a slew of commercial endeavours centred around its East Asia presence, including launching new stores and rolling out existing store refreshes and new in-store services throughout the region.

Nuholt Huisamen, managing director and senior vice president at Levi Strauss, said, “We are committed to the future success of our business at every level and are reimagining what we do and how we win in today’s marketplace. At the same time, we are embracing the technologies of tomorrow to power innovation and better serve our customers and deliver greater value to stakeholders. We will do this by placing people at the heart of our business and through responsible practices because being a force for positive change is integral to being the world’s best apparel brand.”

In addition, the company will leverage digital, data and AI to stay ahead of trends, drive efficiency and innovation in the product creation process, deliver omni-channel offerings, claim its space in the direct-to-consumer (DTC) sphere, and ultimately enhance the consumer experience.

Furthermore, among the new stores to be launched this year are Levi’s® stores in countries including Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Levi Strauss & Co. will refurbish a number of retail stores and shop-in-shops into NextGen Indigo stores, offering an elevated store experience that uses digital tools to streamline the consumer journey, including installing LED portal entry archways and LED screens for marketing content. 

Select stores in the region will also introduce in-store tailoring services to offer greater personalisation.

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OMD China nabs Levi’s media mandate

Shanghai, China – Media communications agency OMD in China has won the media mandate of global denim brand Levi’s, which will drive media strategy, planning and buying for the iconic denim brand. 

Through the agency’s empathy planning workflow – OMD Design & E2E data platform – OMNI, OMD China delves into the Chinese Gen-Z’s behavior and identified opportunities to accelerate growth for Levi’s with an innovative integrated media solution. 

A spokesperson for Levi’s commented that they were deeply impressed by OMD China’s advanced strategic thinking, strong data capabilities and excellent innovation. The spokesperson also added that the agency’s youthful and dynamic team has shown great passion for the brand and the denim culture.

“They were able to resonate with our consumers and translate this youthful energy into a strong integrated communication blueprint that is rooted in Levi’s heritage and DNA. This year, we will collaborate with OMD to embark on a new journey and explore more innovative marketing possibilities in the Chinese market to bring accelerated growth to the Levi’s brand,” the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Connie Chan, CEO at OMD China, commented, “We are excited to be working with an iconic brand who appreciates our vision and insights on the market’s Gen-Z consumers. OMD brings together a unique combination of expertise and strategic approach which taps on our network’s capabilities to deliver impactful and innovative solutions to our clients. We look forward to [supporting] Levi’s in achieving their growth targets.”