Wearing Slacks With Flip Flops

From Ad Age:

The Haggar Clothing Co., a department-store pants supplier bent on becoming a lifestyle brand, has hired Crispin Porter & Bogusky, Miami, in what it describes as an “unconventional partnership” that includes Crispin taking a minority equity position in the newly private Haggar.
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Haggar was delisted from Nasdaq after an investor group, led by a pair of private-equity firms, bought the company from shareholders for $212 million. The sale was finalized on Nov. 1.
Crispin CEO Jeff Hicks described the relationship as an “agency-client convergence model” that “eliminates the noise which can exist between clients and agencies.”
“As an agency, our model is not really one that works well with one-off projects,” he said. “Our best results have come when we have empowered products to market themselves beyond paid media.”

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About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.