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SANKYO FLUTES

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Re-igniting a brand is like getting reacquainted with an old friend

A BELOVED DIVA RETURNS TO CENTER STAGE

For over 45 years, Sankyo flutes have set the standard for exquisite craftsmanship and sonorous beauty. But with unstable distribution in the U.S. market along with a void in brand messaging, Sankyo availability and sales had suffered in recent years. When the new U.S. distributor asked us to help re-energize the brand and the passion it inspires in flutists around the world, we recast the Sankyo story, spotlighting its founder-craftsmen and the striking beauty of the flutes they create.




Sankyo Landing Page

We chose the dark, silky palette of this re-launch to match the rich beauty and uniquely mellifluous sounds of the Sankyo flutes themselves.

BEAUTY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP WORKING IN CONCERT

To re-establish the Sankyo brand, we captured a series of dramatic monochrome images of Sankyo flutes and paired them with aspirational words like passion and seduction. These images are immediately recognizable and telegraph a powerful brand image that anchors the content on the website while working just as powerfully in other channels.


Poster/Ad



Sankyo Print Ad

To maximize the impact of Sankyo’s investment in these images, we designed the series to work as POP signage, print ads in trade publications and even downloadable desktop artwork.

A SUITE OF BENEFITS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

In addition to clarifying and re-launching the Sankyo brand, the upscale new website serves as a hub of information and inspiration. To cast a wide net of interest in the flute community, it profiles leading flutists, provides a calendar of flute conferences, and includes a global directory of exclusive distributors and repair centers. The site has been highly successful in global markets, and the factory in Japan is translating it for use in their domestic market as well.


Sankyo Website



Sankyo website silver flutes

We designed the website with growth in mind. Sankyo can easily add or update information on every page of the site.

MARKETING BY THE BOOK

A glossy brochure romances the craftsmanship, artistry and passion that go into the creation of each Sankyo flute. With robust copy and glimmering hero shots of the instruments against a rich black background, the brochure acts as an ambassador between Sankyo and the world, including shopkeepers, trade show attendees and flutists alike.


Sankyo Brochure


FROM SOTTO VOCE TO SOARING OBBLIGATO

The brand re-launch has re-ignited such a passion for Sankyo flutes that the company is spreading it globally. And nobody is as thrilled as Sankyo about the effectiveness of the re-launch: “Our new brochure has elevated the Sankyo brand to a new level of sophistication and quality, reflecting the elegance and warmth of a Sankyo flute,” says Cathy Miller, Vice President, Sankyo Flutes (US). “We are thrilled with the response we have received about the new look and feel.”

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