Hey Jack Kerouac

The Gap did some wonderful ads a few years back. The reason I say “wonderful” is because the ads used celebrities in a refreshing way. Jack Kerouac Wore Khakis. That’s clean. And clean is nice.
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Now, The Gap has a new set of celebs—Liz Phair, Keith Urban, Joss Stone, Jason Mraz and Alanis Morissette—plus a new look-and-feel to the ads. The photography is striking, for sure, but the ads lack that certain “throwback to a simpler time with The Gap” feel of the earlier work.

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 now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.