Hackett makes move to hire creative shop

Hackett, the upmarket men's fashion retailer, is talking to a number of creative agencies about its above-the-line account.

The brand, which currently creates its advertising in-house, is owned by the Swiss luxury goods group Richemont.

A spokesman confirmed that the agency is in exploratory talks with agencies but said that it had not yet reached the pitch stage.

Hackett has a unique positioning, which attracts traditional customers, for its stock of tweeds and top hats, while also appealing to a younger, more streetwise audience.

Its latest ad campaign featured the England rugby star Jonny Wilkinson, kicking a rugby ball while wearing a tweed jacket.

The discussions on the creative account do not affect the brand's media agency, Mediaedge:cia, which handles the media across Richemont's portfolio of brands.

Up until 2000, Hackett retained Hudson Wright Associates as its creative agency. It then embarked on a hunt through the AAR for an agency to launch a £3 million campaign to revitalise the brand in the UK before abandoning the pitch on the orders of its owners.

Separately, the Richemont-owned Alfred Dunhill brand is looking for an above-the-line agency and is in talks with a number of creative shops.

Richemont also owns a range of other high-quality brands including Cartier and Jaeger.

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