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Rational: Acne Studios have evolved from a division of a multi-disciplinary creative company into an independent luxury fashion house. The brand offers ready-to-wear collections for men and women, as well as footwear, accessories and denim. The brand is characterized by specific attention to details, and innovative choices in tailoring and materials. Acne Studios clients are high-end consumers looking for strong differentiation. The brand is associated with a laid-back lifestyle of sophisticated people – picture creative professionals playing the street-slouchy card.
Emotional: Acne Studios offers a creative edge that is hinged on all the cultural shifts that the brand interprets. The brand ambitions to give creative expressions to relevant ideas that come from actual people. Democracy and participation in the creative process is at the heart of the brand. For the customer, that means Acne Studios offers a product that is very close to each individual’s own insights.
Core Assets: Acne Studios recently adopted a new identity, based most strikingly on a change of logotype. The original typeface was a custom version of Times Modern (serif), conveying classicism with a twist, and only typed Acne. The brand has since detached into several entities, and the fashion house added “Studios”. The new logotype is much more minimal and contemporary (sans serif), with bold spacing, suggesting room for creativity and innovation, as well as hinting at a standard for a new generation of luxury brands.
Image: Acne Studios is perceived as an edgy designer brand, and communicates with a subtle mix of luxury codes and street-smart codes. Sophistication in the details and boldness of little things seem to be the key to the brand image. Still, the brand is identified as a go-to, reliable provider of basics to mix and match with more status-proving brands.
Acne Studios have made a relevant move in evolving its visual identity to become a better vehicle for its recently found new brand position. A leader of trends, challenging perceptions and social concepts, innovating but always respecting the fundamentals.