Amsterdam – G-Star RAW has worked together with Amsterdam start-up agency, HERC, and Dexter Navy – who is possibly the world’s hottest music video director right now – to create a new global campaign for Fall/Winter ’18: Uniform for the Free. It’s an ode to freedom, captured through the lens of street culture. The campaign is a day in the life of the ‘Kings and Queens of the street’ – a range of highly individual rule breakers – and is sound tracked by an original piece of spoken word poetry, set to an unreleased track by electronic duo The Blaze.
The G-Star F/W ‘18 campaign champions a range of captivating individuals: from urban cowboys to hip-hop ballerinas, female dirt bikers to urban climbers – they all step beyond pre-established rules, push boundaries and celebrate the freedom of doing it their way. For the first time ever, a global campaign for G-Star has been shot using real people, as opposed to models or celebrities. The young cast was found by way of extensive street casting in the US and through searches on YouTube and Instagram.
G-Star, which is one of the world’s biggest denim brands, is working for the first time with one of Amsterdam’s newest creative agencies, HERC. The campaign serves not only to present G-Star’s latest F/W collection, but also to introduce a new brand line: Uniform for the Free. Referencing denim’s beginning as a workwear uniform, the brand pays homage to its history as the garment of choice for free-spirited individuals.
The new collection is brought to life with a global campaign, shot in New York City. It includes print, retail activations, online, social and billboards in key metropolitan locations such as NYC, LA, London and Tokyo – all led by an epic 75 sec film. The campaign is created by HERC together with acclaimed music video director, Dexter Navy. Navy is considered one of the most innovative and exciting new talents in the industry and is known for his work with A$AP Rocky, Kanye West and more.
“This campaign is about freedom – and celebrating freedom in a RAW, authentic and intelligent way. Our vision for creativity is to make brands popular by credibly making them part of culture. For our very first campaign as an independent agency, G-Star’s Kings and Queens of the street match own agency spirit and philosophy very well.” say creative directors and founders of HERC, Rogier de Bruin and Emilio de Haan
“Some people flash their skills or attributes outwardly, while others tend to reveal what’s special or unique about what they do in a way they don’t always give away at first glance,” says Dexter Navy, Director. “To me, that’s the spirit of ‘RAW’ and it’s what drives the vibe in the G-Star film.”
The soundtrack is by up-and-coming electronic producers The Blaze, who made waves with previous releases such as Territory. The lyrics are an original composition, which has been co-created by HERC together with Chicago-based spoken word poet, Rapsody. Both the music and the words reinforce the message of non-conformity and freedom.
The G-Star RAW F/W ’18 collection is available online and in stores as of September 2018. Join the free on https://www.g-star.com/uniform-of-the-free
UNIFORM OF THE FREE
By HERC and Rapsody
The look of a king
I see myself in you
And you, and you – therefore, I am king too
Where independence is a thing we rule
Cut from a cloth both rugged and true
Look at us, and all our glory and fight
We are heirs to the throne,
We are queens of the night
Free as birds with unclipped wings – ain’t we fly?
Unashamed of who we are, I, see myself in you
Phenomenal, wild, wise,
Filled with strength, love and pride
These are the jewels of our royalty
Of human kind I stand loyally
Regardless of creed or color, language or religion,
Amongst kings and queens there is no division – we shine.
Kingdom to kingdom, cut from a cloth that can’t be defined.
This is freedom.
Jump with the push of a swing
Heir to the throne knowing we have the right to be king
Uniform of the free
Client: G-Star RAW
Creative agency: HERC
Creative Director: Emilio de Haan
Creative Director: Rogier de Bruin
Managing Director: Niels Heimens
Director: Dexter Navy
Director of Photography: Khalid Mohtaseb
Photography: Dexter Navy
Production company: Division Paris
Post production: Mathematic
Social content: Noël Schoolderman
Line production: Strange Love
Print production: CLM
Edit: Modern Post & Kapsalon
Music: The Blaze
Lyrics: Rapsody & HERC
Music Supervisor: Pitch & Sync London
Sound: Wave Studios