Creative agency Open is helping fashion label Smythe rebrand and relaunch its website with e-commerce.
After more than 10 years of bringing a sense of occasion to everyday wardrobe essentials, design duo Christie Smythe and Andrea Lenczner felt ready for a refresh.
It began with a design evolution from making only jackets, coats and blazers to full ready-to-wear, and continued with a full rework of the Smythe identity. “Working with Open, we landed on a design that stayed true to our origins but also elevated the brand,” explains Lenczner.
The latest bold move for the Toronto designers is a plunge into e-commerce. As part of this project, the agency created a beautiful film to launch the new site. “This was our way of saying ‘we’re now live’ to our followers and friends in a playful, creative way” says Christie Smythe.
“With everything we do for this this brand, we always look to capture that elegant aesthetic” says Martin Beauvais, Creative Partner at Open. “Something simple, refined and utterly Smythe.”
It’s no surprise Open is very clear about what ‘utterly Smythe’ means, having worked with the fashion label for the last five years, on everything from celebrating their 10 year anniversary, to promoting their move into pants, to details like button bags.
shopsmythe.com is Smythe’s new destination for fashion, editorial and online shopping. Designed by Open, built by development partner Design Lab, powered by Shopify. shopsmythe.com is being promoted through SEO, Smythe’s social platforms and PR outreach.
Credits are at the bottom of this page.
When asked to describe the Smythe aesthetic, co-designers Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe choose words like “modern and emotional”. Since launching in 2004 with blazers and jackets, the pair have brought a unique sense of occasion to everyday wardrobe essentials and gained a cult-status following. Today their full ready-to-wear collections continue to be relevant, versatile and timeless. shopsmythe.com
Founded in Toronto by Christian Mathieu and Martin Beauvais, Open is a creative company focusing on strategy, advertising and design. Open has done work for a broad range of clients including Twitter, Food Basics, Metro Pharmacy, Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us Boulart and Cara (KELSEYS). openacreativecompany.com
Designers: Andrea Lenczner + Christie Smythe
e-Commerce Coordinator: Stephanie Gledhill
e-Commerce Consultant: Fiona Chau
Creative Agency: Open
Partner, Creative: Martin Beauvais
Partner, Strategy: Christian Mathieu
Copywriter: Samara Luck
Art Director: Tyler McKissick
Director of Client Service: Anne Ngo
Development partner, shopsmythe.com: Design Lab
Film Production Credits
Production Company: Skin and Bones Film Company Inc.
Director: Michael Chiang
Executive Producer: Liane Thomas
Producer: Luke Bryant
Cinematographer: Rico Moran
Off-Figure Stylist: Jeanie Lee
Post Production Company: Nice Shoes
Executive Producer: Kristen Van Fleet
Colourist: Roslyn Di Sisto
Music / SFX: Apollo Studios
Composer: Mike Wise
Creative Director: Daenen Bramberger
Audio Producer: Tom Hutch