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Yep, I'm a Lifestyle Brand: Ellen Can Cut the Rug, But Make Them Too?

Posted by Sarah McLaughlin on July 9, 2014 05:03 PM

Celebrity Pop Quiz: Comedienne. Pants suits. Dancing. Converse.

Who am I talking about? Ellen DeGeneres? Exactly!

When you sit back and think about Ellen and her brand, those things pretty much sum it up.  So imagine my surprise when I read in WWD about her E.D. That's the name of the lifestyle brand that the daytime TV talk show host is developing with Tory Burch's ex-husband.

That's right: later this year you can surround yourself in all things Ellen, from your body to your pet to your home, with a "fully conceived" lifestyle collection that includes chic homewares such as candles, plates, decorative pillows, and PJs to lounge in.

Unless it’s a funny decorative pillow, however, I’m not sure I trust that Ellen as the authority on how I jazz up my sofa. It makes you wonder if she knows what a lifestyle brand actually is. It makes you wonder if any celebrity does.Continue reading...

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Is a Kardashian by Any Other Name Still a Kardashian?

Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 2, 2011 02:00 PM

Kim Kardashian is getting married — and it’s causing a minor rift with her mother. Not because Ma doesn’t like the fellow, New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries. And it’s not because of the wedding preparations for the reality TV star’s big summer event. No, it’s because 30-year-old Kim Kardashian plans to lose her last name, the golden family brand, and become Kim Humphries.

“I don’t think she should take his name and be Kim Humphries,” her mom, the 55-year-old Kris Jenner, reportedly said. “I think she needs to be Kim Kardashian because she’s worked so hard to get where she is.”

Of course Jenner ditched the last name of Kardashian, too, when she married Olympic legend Bruce Jenner. But her daughters — the K-named trio that is Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney — have made their names household ones since Keeping Up With The Kardashians debuted on the E! Network back in October of 2007.Continue reading...

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Why Harley-Davidson Risks Being Run Over as a Lifestyle Brand

Posted by Barry Silverstein on May 11, 2011 04:00 PM

In the branding world, becoming a "lifestyle brand" is seen as something akin to grabbing the golden ring. If a brand can represent a particular lifestyle, the theory goes, it can gain a huge competitive advantage over other products in its category, because the lifestyle brand connects with consumers on a very personal level.

Harley-Davidson, for example, may be a motorcycle brand, but it embodies a lifestyle that creates fanatics who live and breathe the brand and what it stands for. Case in point: "Harlistas," the moniker for Latin American Harley riders, as highlighted on Harley's website and above.

As much as it may seem desirable to have consumers identify their lifestyle with a favored brand, now, it seems, that very strength can actually be a liability.Continue reading...

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