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    Guess’ Y2K Yueqi Qi collab and KFC’s gold giveaway

    KFC and Chow Tai Seng give away gold, while Guess’ Yueqi Qi collection slowly drives social engagement on Weibo, and Casetify celebrates Earth Day in China.
    Guess China and Yueqi Qi bring back denim favorites from the early noughties in latest collaboration. Photo: Guess
      Published   in Collaborations

    This week, in China’s dynamic fashion and lifestyle realm, collaborations have emerged as potent conduits for creativity and cultural expression.

    KFC’s surprise collaboration with jeweler Chow Tai Seng injects a touch of luxury into fast-food culture, or is it the other way around? Casetify’s collaboration with Nanjing-born contemporary artist Zhi Lin transcends mere tech accessories, showcasing direct interaction with consumers to feed the brand’s reputation in sustainability this Earth Day.

    In other news, Guess’ joint series with emerging Chinese designer Yueqi Qi breathes new life into Y2K fashion, merging denim heritage with Yueqi Qis signature style. Following collaborations with Ugg and Adidas, “The Love Guess” collection empowers consumers to embrace their individuality, exuding confidence in every ensemble and reflecting the fearless spirit of contemporary Chinese fashion.

    Read on to see how each of these collaborations is performing among Chinese netizens, and subscribe here to receive these updates straight to your inbox every Tuesday via the Collaborations newsletter.

    KFC x Chow Tai Seng#

    KFC is looking to other industries for creative innovation. Photo: Xiaohongshu screenshot
    KFC is looking to other industries for creative innovation. Photo: Xiaohongshu screenshot

    Details: Giveaway of 4 million RMB ($551,990) worth of gold jewelry, including 99 gold nuggets, 250 bracelets, and 15,000 golden tickets, April 25 to May 2

    Social context: KFC has 4.8 million fans on Weibo, where Chow Tai Seng has 647,000, and the campaign hashtag (#肯德基联名周大生) has 990,000 reads so far.

    Verdict:

    • KFC’s collaboration with jeweler Chow Tai Seng to give away gold accessories is an innovative, albeit strange, marketing strategy that blends fast-food culture with luxury items. By offering 4 million RMB worth of gold nuggets, bracelets, and golden tickets, KFC creates disruptive excitement and engagement among consumers.
    • The partnership not only feeds KFCs brand image as the most popular Western fast-food chain in China, but also provides Chow Tai Seng with an opportunity to increase brand recognition and appeal to a younger demographic. The household name offers alternative yet undeniably mega cultural capital.
    • By capitalizing on the cultural significance of gold during a period of rising gold prices – gold in China hit an all-time high on April 24 – KFC creates a timely and relevant promotion that captures consumer attention.

    Guess x Yueqi Qi#

    Guess China has collaborated with independent designer Yueqi Qi, increasing its cool factor in the mainland. Photo: Guess Weibo
    Guess China has collaborated with independent designer Yueqi Qi, increasing its cool factor in the mainland. Photo: Guess Weibo

    Details: Collection, Spring/Summer 2024

    Social context: Guess China has 377,000 fans on Weibo, where Yueqi Qi has 24,000 and the #GuessxYueQiqi hashtag has 17,000 reads.

    Verdict:

    • The collaboration between Guess and Yueqi Qi is a strategic move to tap into the Chinese market’s growing interest in Y2K fashion. By partnering with Yueqi Qi, an emerging figure in Chinese fashion known for her sexy and edgy style, Guess aims to leverage her influence to resonate with Chinese consumers and capture the essence of 1990s street fashion.
    • Effectively merging Guess iconic denim heritage with the Yueqi Qi brand's heart-cut elements, creating a unique and contemporary interpretation of sexy style.
    • The “Love·Guess” collaboration aims to empower consumers to express themselves freely through fashion, encouraging them to break away from mundane daily routines and embrace their inner hot girl — this is one for Chinese Gen Zers flaunting fashion-forward styling choices.

    Casetify x Zhi Lin#

    Made from cut up Casetify phone cases, Zhi Lin's installation takes China for Earth Day. Photo: Casetify
    Made from cut up Casetify phone cases, Zhi Lin's installation takes China for Earth Day. Photo: Casetify

    Details: Earth Day installation, April 30 to June 10

    Social context: Casetify has 24,000 fans on Weibo, where #Recasetify has 17.3 million reads.

    Verdict:

    • Casetify’s Earth Day celebration conveys a commitment to sustainability while integrating the initiative into its brand identity. By utilizing recycled materials, reducing disposable plastics, and operating a recycling program for old mobile phone cases, the company demonstrates a dedication to environmental protection.
    • Core to the brand’s strategy, artist partnerships not only enhance Casetify’s credibility but also expand its reach within the global art and eco-conscious communities.
    • Through the launch of the Earth Day product series made from “Re/Casetify particles” and the partnership with Ant Forest to plant trees for every product sold, Casetify actively engages consumers in environmental conservation efforts. By providing tangible ways for consumers to contribute to sustainability while purchasing products, the brand fosters a sense of responsibility and community involvement. This consumer-centric approach not only drives sales but also creates a positive environmental impact, aligning with Casetifys long-term goal of integrating sustainable development into its business model.
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