Virat Kohli’s Brand Wrogn Announces Exclusive Fashion Collection Inspired by Illumination’s Minions

WROGN, the breakaway youth fashion brand, announced the launch of a new fashion collection, MINIONS x WROGN today. This fashion collaboration brings together two of the biggest pop culture icons of today – Illumination’s larger-than-life Minions and WROGN co-creator and Captain of the Indian Cricket team, Virat Kohli. Created in partnership with Universal Brand Development and licensing agent, Black White Orange,and designed by team Wrogn, the brand-new collection offers 10 unique designs in various colors and styles and will be available across offline and online stores in India from August 2020.

Commenting on the collaboration, Virat Kohli said, “At Wrogn, we always try and work on something innovative and I’m excited that the brand, this time, has collaborated with the universal favourite – Illumination’s Minions! I believe this fashionable & fun collection will be loved by my fans. I’m eager to wear one and I’m sure these will bring a big smile on the consumers’ faces.”

Ten years after their creation, Gru and the Minions are among the most iconic animated characters of their generation. Globally recognized and beloved by fans of all ages, they have propelled Illumination’s Despicable Me into the most successful animated film franchise in history. Gru is one of the few protagonists who is also an antagonist, whose sweet and subversive qualities make him relatable to all audiences. Bright yellow, instantly unforgettable, speaking a language that no one knows but that everyone can understand, the Minions have become icons of self-expression in pop culture on every continent of the globe.

Speaking on the collaboration, Ms. Anjana Reddy, CEO Universal Sportsbiz Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are very excited about collaborating with the Minions franchise. We have thoroughly enjoyed designing this collection and we are confident that it well do really well as Minions is a rage, not only with kids but also adults across the globe and we are proud to bring this collection to our Wrogn customers through 250 points of sale offline and online as well. I’m sure we will see a lot of people sporting their favourite MINIONS X WROGN t-shirts soon. “

 “The WROGN x Minions collection taps into the mischevious nature of Illumination’s Minions, delivering a playful and stylish collection for fans of both brands,” said Marc Low, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Lifestyle at Universal Brand Development.

Brands rising to feed the need and show they care

With governments around the world making it mandatory for its citizens to wear face masks for the foreseeable future to avoid the spread of the Covid-19 virus, several entrepreneurs and companies have already picked up the mantle to serve this need by repurposing their existing assets. Some purely as CSR initiatives and others as a balance between CSR & to support other businesses that have dipped due to the strictures that have been imposed on business as usual. Here are just a few of the initiatives that caught our eye.

Bravado the licensing arm of Universal Music Group recently announced an initiative to provide a range of non-surgical face masks to its fans under the initiative We’ve got you covered. The website also mentions 100% of net proceeds will be donated to Music cares an initiative to benefit music-oriented charities and communities. The face masks are priced at $15/- each and are branded with some of the most iconic music brands including Queen, The Rolling Stones, Guns N Roses, Imagine Dragons, YungBlud, Black Pink and Black Sabbath.

 

According to LicensingSource.Net, Bravado and Universal Music Group (UMG) launched the programme first by offering free face masks to all UMG employees. The programme will also contribute 50,000 masks to those serving communities across the US including workers in food banks, school lunch programmes, homeless shelters and other community service providers.

Closer home in India, quite a few brands and designers have also decided to repurpose their existing resources to help meet the need of non-surgical masks. With the objective of “Staying Safe and Stylish” designers Anita Dongre & Masaba to name a few have announced initiatives via social media platform Instagram earlier this month much to the delight of their fans.

Said Ms. Dongre, “Ever since lockdown measures came into place, we have been finding ways to contribute meaningfully to safety efforts amidst the current pandemic. These efforts have now been greenlit.”

(image courtesy Anita Dongre’s Instagram account)

 She further stated – “24 of our women employees from two of our community tailoring units in Charoti and Dhanevari have offered their services in creating protective face masks to meet the needs of the community at large. All social distancing norms and hygiene measures will be followed during this time”

(image courtesy Anita Dongre’s Instagram account)

Designer Masaba Gupta wrote “Changing gears for some time in the wake of the current pandemic & lockdown across the country, all operations at the House of Masaba came to a halt. While the damage that this will do is immeasurable at this point, my hope is to keep my chin up by doing my bit to help my country instead-in this time. We have started the production of non-surgical masks for donation at a production facility keeping all hygiene and safety standards in mind. These masks are washable and reusable”

India’s largest English news daily The Times Of India has taken the DIY route to rally its readers to design their own face masks and share the same with the tag #MaskIndia on its website. Best masks get featured in the newspaper. So far the campaign has received over 90,000 submissions.

(image courtesy Times Of India campaign page)

While the central government has announced 17th May as the end date for Lockdown 3.0, the Prime Minister’s Office has left it to individual state governments to decide on their exit plans. However, the discourse has certainly shifted from saving lives to saving “lively hoods” and with 1.3 billion people to care for getting things up and running and back to normalcy is going to need everyone to pitch in with whatever they can do. Whether its making masks or serving at a local soup kitchen, we are all in this together.

Universal breathes life into Dragon program

Universal Brand Development has announced a multi-category licensing and merchandising program for DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

The program includes:

  • Master toy partner Spin Master with new toys inspired by the film, including glow-in-the-dark, dragon-glow effects and colour-changing technology and more

The Spin Master Toy range is now here by Black White Orange Brands Pvt. Ltd & distributed in India by Winmagic Toys. The toys ranging from Rs. 299 to Rs.6999/- is available in leading toy stores like Hamleys, Toys R Us, Landmark and Shoppers Stop amongst others across India

  • Playmobile, a partner since 2017, has developed a line with key story arcs from across the DreamWorks Dragonsfranchise and film
  • Funko has released a line featuring Toothless and Light Fury worldwides

Closer to home, Shree Ambica Plastomac will be launching the Back To School range with lunch boxes, sippers and pencil boxes, PAN India

A new mobile game, dubbed “DreamWorks Dragons: Titan Uprising,” will launch next year in Google Play and App Store. The game, developed by Ludia, invites players to a Dragon-inspired match-3-puzzle-role-playing game. Fans can visit Dragonstitanuprising.com to preregister for tokens.

Outright Games will release a new console game, “DreamWorks Dragons Dawn of New Riders,” which introduces new characters into and a new storyline within the DreamWorks Dragons universe. The game will be available in early 2019 on PlayStation4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Universal Pictures International India has recently released “How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World” across theatres and has had a massive opening of approx. $55.5 million, globally. They also handled the ATL promotion campaigns prior to the release.

Black White Orange Brands Pvt Ltd, while being the official brand licensing partner for India, will also be a part of marketing and on – ground promotions and campaigns.

DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World released on March 21 in India.

Punchbowl, Universal team for digital invitation line

Punchbowl and Universal are joining forces for a line of e-invitations based on popular brands such as Despicable MeJurassic World and Trolls.

More than 20 new invitation designs have been created as part of the partnership. Each invitation has the look of a paper invitation but is deliverable via text or email. The new offerings are available now via the “Punchbowl” app.

source: https://www.licenseglobal.com/entertainment/punchbowl-universal-team-digital-invitation-line