Oct 11, 2021

AXE redesign inspired by street art

PB Creative collaborates with street artist Ben Tallon to bring graffiti inspired illustrations to life.
Elisabeth Skoda

AXE is synonymous with young guys.  As the ever increasing pace at which expectation changes within the mindset of its loyal Gen-Z consumers, the brand continues to advance and evolve, striving to stay relevant, connected and most importantly front of mind. Global strategic agency partner PB Creative has moved the brand to a more vibrant and expressive space as it continues to engage with its core GEN-Z audience.

This latest development of AXE follows a re-calibration of the brand in recent years which the company says successfully drove positive reappraisal with core consumers and reaffirmed the brand’s credibility.

AXE has since been on a "progressive journey of expression", fuelled by an innovation pipeline of limited edition fragrance collisions, including the controversial but iconic LYNX Africa x Marmite range, which embraced a much more expressive and vibrant aesthetic at the hands of PB Creative.

This fresh and expressive visual code, with its inspiration firmly rooted in street art, has generated strong appeal with AXE guys and presented an opportunity for the agency to "transcend the master brand into a much more vibrant and progressive territory", with the aspiration to put street art in the hands of every AXE guy across the globe.

PB Creative used their long established partnership with the brand and deep understanding of each AXE variant to curate a detailed back story for each of the brand’s iconic fragrances, before briefing renowned street artist, Ben Tallon to bring their vision to life as a range of graffiti inspired illustrations.

“ ‘Expression’ is the future for AXE that will re-define what the brand stands for:” says Ben Lambert, co-founder and creative partner at PB Creative.”

“This is the beginning of an exciting journey which will see the brand engage with consumers on a higher level through increasingly compelling and desirable AXE brand expressions.”

Marco Montanaro, senior brand manager at Unilever added: “PB has brought the brand back to its roots but with a new focus and energy.  The graffiti led approach feels more ‘street’ with massive opportunities for exciting, brandworld activations.  The brand is now very much where we want and need it to be – characterful, with a ‘cult-like’ edge.

Elisabeth Skoda

Editor of Touchpoints magazine, writer for Packaging Europe magazine and design enthusiast!
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