Well, this is dope. Just in time for opening day, 72andSunny New York and New Era Caps has launched “We Who Reign,” a new, multi-platform campaign that juxtaposes traditional kings and queens with today’s reigning cultural creators in their modern day “crowns” — the iconic New Era Authentic Collection 59FIFTY Fitted.
And it’s a home run.
Billed as the largest cross-cultural campaign for MLB in New Era’s 98-year history, “We Who Reign” ushers in the 2018 Major League Baseball season with a new monarchy of all-star athletes and award-winning artists including Baez, Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop LA Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, Washington Nationals right fielder, Bryce Harper; Houston Astros second baseman and reigning American League MVP Jose Altuvé; rappers Big Sean and A$AP Ferg; leading afro-futurist artist, Hebru Brantley, reigning DJs, Kitty Cash and CoCo & Breezy and many more.
“‘We Who Reign’ explores New Era Cap’s idea of modern day kingdoms, with the New Era AC 59FIFTY Fitted as the crown on both the playing field and in street culture,” said Mark Maidment, Senior Vice President, Brand at New Era Cap. “We wanted to underscore our deep-rooted relationship with MLB, while nodding to our natural connection to an influential creative class, and we’re excited to partner with some of the best in the game across sports, music, art, and culture through this new campaign.”
To bring “We Who Reign” to life, the 72andSunny team enlisted rapper Rakim, who assumes the role of narrator and director Marcus Smith for visuals that are stunning. Mike WiLL supplied an exclusive new record for the video’s soundtrack, while Hebru Brantley served up some original pieces of art. Take a look at the 90-second video below:
New Era, which owns seven flagship stores globally, began working with 72andSunny roughly nine months ago. According to Executive Creative Director Bryan Rowles, the agency’s job was to get “the New Era authentic collection fitted into a broader cultural conversation beyond baseball.” He added that the campaign promotes towns as modern-day kingdoms–a Yankees hat, for example, doesn’t say “Y” for the team, but “NY” for New York.
Debuting on the heels of the “Claim the Crown” release, “We Who Reign” marks a larger shift in the brand’s direction, with the overarching campaign transcending just baseball alone, and spanning sports, music, art, and culture. It’s a move baseball desperately needs as it tries to expand its fan based.
In addition, this special collective of athletes and artists will be featured in a series of complementary campaign images, which can be seen on New Era Cap’s social channels and at retail stores nationwide.
I’m a huge baseball fan (Go Phillies) but even I can admit that baseball lacks a certain cool factor that exists in the NFL and NBA. This New Era campaign helps elevate the sport to that same level.
New Era Cap Co.:
CEO / Owner: Chris Koch
Vice President / Owner: Lindsey Koch
Senior Vice President, Brand: Mark Maidment
Creative Director: Martin Morris
Director, MLB Business Unit: Tony DeSimone
Senior Marketing Manager MLB Business Unit: Shaun Rachau
Marketing Coordinator, MLB Business Unit: Toran Nigrelli
Brand Manager, Events: Victoria Mintz
Director, Entertainment Marketing: Eddie Capobianco
Creative Co-Chairman: Glenn Cole
Executive Creative Director: Bryan Rowles
Executive Creative Director: Justine Armour
Creative Director: Gabrielle Shirdan
Creative Director: Dabo Che
Designer: Chidalu Montanya
Writer: Corey O’Brien
Business Development Director: Mallory Solomon
Brand Manager: Joslyn Summerset
Sr. Strategist: Sidney Henne
Executive Film Producer: Ryan Chong
Sr. Film Producer: Michael Lenic
Sr. Art Producer: Sabrina Bajaj
Partnerships and Legal Director: Denice Heyward
Sr. Partnerships and Legal Manager: Quentin Perry
Sr. Partnerships and Legal Manager: LaTanya Ware
Partnerships and Legal Manager: Rich Sica
HECHO en 72 (editorial)
Managing Director: Tom Dunlap
Editorial Executive Producer: Saima Aiwan
Producer: Annika Volbert
Editor: Nick Gartner
Asst Editor: Matt Tolkin
Executive Producer: Jonny Edwards
Film Coordinator: Nicole Abascal
Line Producer: Gabe Reiter
Director: Marcus Smith
Director of Photography: Ryan Helfant
Motion Graphics Creative Director: Gene Sung
Producer: Caroline Anguiano
Audio Engineer: Jesse Herrera
HECHO en 72 (Print)
Photographer: Marcus Smith
Producer: Nick Bernal
HECHO en 72 (Color/Finishing)
Producer: Annika Volbert
Colorist: Michael Gossen
Music – We Who Reign
Composer/Producer: Mike WiLL Made It
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