Radar creates CI for fashion brand Coal

Posted: June 18, 2015

Radar has created a complete corporate identity, along with launch lookbook for fashion brand, Coal.

Radar - Coal Collection

Coal is a fashion brand that uses African wax prints as the foundation of each collection.  The clothing is sold in very upmarket tourist shops – such as the boutiques at The Lost City – and the ask was to create an overall look that would appeal to the adventurous, sophisticated, traveller… people who want to take a little bit of Africa home, but in a form that they are comfortable adding to their urban, New York, Tokyo or London wardrobes.

Radar began knowing that they wanted to create an identity that would always allow the fabric to be the hero. They needed to consider how the logo would work with the brightly coloured clothing that would be shot for advertising, and what the implications would be for each new collection – these are always wax print but vary widely in terms of colour and design.  The designer also asked them to consider the addition of a sub-brand aimed at a younger audience.

The solution was to create a highly flexible logo – one version in black, that could off-set the strong fabric, and one as an outline, which could be ‘filled’ with fabric.  For this to work it was crucial that the actual typeface was simplicity itself and (after much testing) they finally chose ‘Noir’ from Danish Type foundry, PlayType.  Once that was resolved, the system, with the addition of top class finishes continued through every tiny detail, wrote itself.

The end result?  A wonderful flexible brand identity which is equally at home on advertising, website, in-store communication, packaging and promotion AND had the desired effect of always showcasing the fabric.

Integral to the ID, was the designed and printed a QR code fabric.  Scanning the fabric takes the viewer to this season’s lookbook.

The team were inspired by Paul Jung’s photography style and bough one of his shots from the Offset Image Bank to use in the campaign, while other were created in a similar style to fit.

For more information, visit Radar or Coal.


Agency Producer and Account Manager: Dominique Anders
Creative Director and Art Director: Richard Myburgh
Executive Creative Director and Copywriter: Tricia Snowball
Photographer: Sven Kristian
Strategist: Jason Ray

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Radar Coal Collection