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How an Ordinary Coat Lining Became Fashion’s Most Stylish Scarf

The checkered past of Burberry’s perfect plaid

As the story goes, the invention of fashion's nattiest scarf was a complete accident. In 1967, the manager of Burberry's Paris store was arranging a group of the brand's signature…

How Hilfiger Exports the Culture of Cool

CMO Avery Baker on the brand's vision of 'American classics with a playful twist'

Avery Baker is the embodiment of Tommy Hilfiger's ambitions to export its preppy vision of Americana, full of plaid and cozy sweaters, to the rest of the world. With a…

Peter Mayer Advertising Infuses New Orleans Flavor in National Campaigns

Family-run agency even helps brands break world records

Specs Who (l.) president Mark Mayer; CCO Josh Mayer What Full-service advertising agency Where New Orleans Just like its clients, Peter Mayer Advertising has its roots firmly planted in the culture and history of…

The Tall, Cold Tale of the Big Gulp

Thanks to 7-Eleven, large will never be the same

The average American citizen will drink 44 gallons of soft drinks this year, and a good many of them will head off to the local 7-Eleven to fill up. In…

This New Agency Uses Old-Fashioned Spectacle With a Futuristic Twist

Magnetic Collaborative's larger-than-life stunts

Specs Who (From left) Jessica Reznick, managing director; Glenn Marck, partner, design; Brian Schultz, partner, production; Rick Rathe, partner, operations; Gary Johnson, director of strategy What Experiential and promotional marketing agency Where New York Even…

Could Fifty Shades of Grey's Popularity Put Sex Toys on Mainstream Retailers' Shelves?

Adult industry says film could be a tipping point

In 2012, E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey opened up a whole new market for the sex toy industry. With Universal Pictures' adaptation hitting theaters Valentine's Day weekend, retailers are…

Here's Why Agencies Are Hiring Top Execs at Such a Blistering Pace

Hungry for modern talent, growth and fresh ideas

Even in an industry increasingly defined by change, advertising agencies this year are making high-level moves at a blistering pace.  In the first six weeks of 2015, some 14 shops have…

How a Naked Woman, a Horse and a Family in Belgium Created Godiva Chocolate

America's most coveted confection

If you're not among the 54 percent of Americans planning on celebrating Valentine's Day, you may wish to reconsider. Some 53 percent of women surveyed a few years ago reported…

Super Bowl Ads Low on Testosterone, High on Cultural Awareness

After a year of scandals, frat-boy humor gets shut down

Can you hear that? That's the sound of the National Football League breathing a huge sigh of relief that advertisers still want to sidle up to the Super Bowl buffet,…

Fifty Shades of Grey Did $1 Million in Advanced E-Tickets in First 3 Days

And Fandango says: It's our fastest-selling 'R' film ever

All signs point to Fifty Shades of Grey being an R-rated blockbuster hit of unusual magnitude. According to a source with direct knowledge of the sales figures, after tickets for the…

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