Timed to coincide with the beginning of the FW21 season, today Reebok unveils a video collection, titled “Reconnect,” to give consumers the first look at the refreshed brand creative direction. This new vision for the brand is being driven by Vice President of Creative Direction, Kerby Jean-Raymond and Artistic Marketing Director, Jide Osifeso.
Following Jean-Raymond’s appointment to his role of Vice President of Creative Direction at Reebok in September 2020 he has been providing creative leadership across all design disciplines. One of the first decisions Jean-Raymond made at Reebok to help bring his strong vision for the brand to life was to recruit fellow creative and designer, Jide Osifeso, to join Reebok. Osifeso, now Reebok’s Artistic Marketing Director, has been building an internal creative agency to lead the direction for Reebok’s new creative identity.
“I’ve been blessed to have three to four creative partners in my life and Jide is one of them,” said Jean-Raymond. “He’s the genius who’s been behind your favorite geniuses. We speak the same language and care about the same audience.”
“The opportunity for someone like myself to contribute to a company with such a rich heritage is special,” said Osifeso. “Having the ability to work with one of my brothers to challenge what a brand like Reebok can and should look like is not only an exciting endeavor, but also an important one to undertake.”
The first manifestation of this direction is reflected in Reebok’s FW21 campaign creative beginning with the “Reconnect” collection, a series of compelling vignettes and one longform video directed by Jonas Lindstroem. Lindstroem also co-wrote the longform film with Osifeso, who led the creative direction for the content. The resulting series is a collection of moments shown through the lens of sport and community, having drawn inspiration from Osifeso’s own relationship to sports growing up.
Said Osifeso, “The film series was made for people to derive their own meanings. I wanted to explore forward movement – literally and figuratively – and on a macro level, the idea that life is not a spectator sport as we should always strive to make the most of every moment in our journey through life.”
The long form video is available on Reebok’s YouTube channel and a trailer for the longform video is available on Reebok’s Instagram. Over the next few weeks the vignettes will also be shared on Reebok’s Instagram. In the coming months Jean-Raymond and Osifeso will drive the new Reebok brand look and ethos, culminating in the unveiling of a new global brand campaign in SS22. The first product line influenced by Jean-Raymond will also debut in SS22 and the first collection driven entirely by his creative direction will be revealed in SS23.