Apparel Rebrands: Inspiring, Successful Examples to Follow

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Rebranding is one of the most powerful ways to reposition your image, attract new audiences and stay competitive. In the apparel industry — where trends are changing with every season — it’s critical to maintain a fresh visual brand that excites and entices customers.

If you’re thinking about rebranding, there are many important factors to consider. Make the job easier on yourself by using these successful apparel brand makeovers to guide and inspire you.

Krimson Klover

Based in Boulder, Colorado, this women’s outdoor apparel brand has always been geared towards an adventurous audience. But with athleisure becoming more popular with young women, Krimson Klover decided to rebrand its image to better appeal to younger, sportier audiences. In addition to undergoing internal changes, Krimson Klover updated its logo. The clothing outfitter’s previous logo was its name in a script-style font. The new logo is comprised of two mirrored K’s, which gives a clean, modern and minimal appeal.

Ministry of Supply

This clothing company began designing high performance, professional men’s apparel that won’t wrinkle, shrink or sag. When Ministry of Supply launched a line of women’s work clothing with products like the Easier than Silk Shirt and a line of Structure Your Day pants, it needed a fresh brand to match. They opted for a more minimalist logo by shortening their name to Ministry. This change helped the brand remain modern and further reinforced their approach to simple, reliable basics.

ScrapLife

Sometimes a rebrand is due to a new name. Case in point: FlipsWrestling, which began selling headphones and earbuds to wrestling teams. Now with an established social media following, it features custom wrestling team apparel co-created with brands like UnderArmour.

To reflect these changes and new product offerings, FlipsWrestling has changed its name and rebranded as ScrapLife. The company is fully focused on creating high quality wrestling apparel and marketing it to the professional wrestling community. The new ScrapLife logo retains the same water puddle print that was featured in the FlipsWrestling logo. However, the mirrored F’s have been replaced with an S and L to reflect the new brand positioning while maintaining familiarity for long-time customers.

Asics Tiger

Born from the classic running company Asics, the Asics Tiger brand launched a new logo to further differentiate itself from its parent company. The new logo draws from the retro typography aesthetic of its original in order to maintain its legacy and appeal to lifelong customers. It’s different in that it adopts a custom font that evokes character and originality. By masterfully leveraging its brand legacy for a fresh look, Asics Tiger effectively stands out from the crowd in an approachable and familiar way.

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Milly

This designer label was first lauded for its blend of American and French vintage styles. Since gaining a larger following, parent company Sagmeister & Walsh decided to give Milly by Michelle Smith a more dynamic image. This goal is accomplished through an updated logo that keeps the same shape, but is more flexible and dynamic. Specifically, this allows the mark to translate into different colors and design environments. As a result, the Milly brand can expand its story and reach new audiences in digital contexts.

Kaibosh

Kaibosh is a trendy Norwegian eyewear company that makes stylish, affordable prescription glasses and sunglasses. Although Kaibosh was founded on the principles of bold, unapologetic style, the market quickly became saturated with similar eyewear brands seeking the same goal. To stand out, Kaibosh completely revamped their logo with two distinguished eyelashes and a playful font that speaks to originality and freedom. This look is paired with strategic copywriting and plastered across the brand’s signs, ads, packaging and more for a consistent, cohesive feel.

Sword Maclean

As an apparel brand that calls itself “a premium and distinctly Scottish clothing label,” having a standout logo is essential. Sword Maclean is an up and coming retail brand that revamped its logo to include a Scottish-inspired text that evokes thoughts of castles, knights and rolling green hills. This helps the fully traceable, single origin company stay true to its roots and homeland-inspired clothing offerings: handcrafted leathers, woolen knits and woven textiles.

Industrie Clothing

Industrie Clothing is an Australian-based menswear brand geared towards the fashion-conscious modern man. Industrie Clothing has all the class and sophistication of high fashion, yet its adventure-geared apparel sets it apart from typical runway fare. Industrie’s revamped logo reflects its not so ordinary customer with a stark, modern logotype.

Brioni

Brioni is an Italian fashion house with enough brand power to outfit celebrities including Will Smith, Michael Phelps and Milo Ventimiglia. But like all fashion brands, Brioni still needs to maintain its image in order to stay relevant. Brioni decided that it required an updated visual brand in order to better solidify its creative vision and reflect the company’s historical branding. The new brand reflects the house’s evolution with a scripted, timeless typeface that echoes the history of the past while suggesting what’s to come.

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School of Sock

School of Sock was the original company to offer a sock of the month club. But before being called School of Sock, the company went by Sock 101. The company decided to change its name to reflect its broader focus of help its customers excel at sock fashion. Men and women can learn everything from how socks are made to how they should be worn. Hyperfocused on this initiative, the new School of Sock logo reflects the educational standpoint with a pennant logo evoking memories of high school gym class.

Thought

Formerly Braintree Clothing, Thought is a sustainable retailer that changed its name to establish a stronger presence in both the men’s and women’s fashion markets. Since Thought had changed so much since its original debut, it only made sense to reposition the brand and create a visual image that better reflected its current image. The name Thought directly reflects the idea of sustainable clothing, yet also echoes the philosophies of ethics and sustainability. The hovering “O” in the logo also reflects the idea of the earth, continuity and respecting nature’s cycles.

SMYTHE

SMYTHE is a Canadian ready-to-wear women’s brand with a focus on practical fashion. Starting out with blazers and jackets, the company quickly gathered a cult following. After experiencing such sudden popularity, SMYTHE launched an entire collection with dresses, pants, skirts and more. Part of this rebrand included establishing a stronger online presence, so SMYTHE launched an ecommerce site in addition to a new brand. The logo is classic and direct in black lettering, evoking timeless style that’s still approachable.

Butterfly Twists

This popular British footwear brand is known for its playful and spontaneous shoe collections. Butterfly Twists acquired a minimal, angular logo to better represent the brand’s bold, multi-dimensional personality. This geometric, modern logo is accompanied by a new tagline, “Never Twist, Stick” to evoke its daring and unapologetic nature. Butterfly Twists also divided its shoe collections into three different colors and style niches to cater to different consumer groups.

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