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Red Jacket Tea Takes Inspiration From The Golden Days of Clipper Ships

by Natalie Mouradian on 02/15/2018 | 5 Minute Read


Plenum designed this gorgeous packaging for Red Jacket tea, a new high-end Russian brand of tea that is hoping to stand out from the rest in a competitive market.

Project Context

The Russian tea market is highly competitive and has been in decay for a couple of years. Companies have to come up with new solutions in order to increase their market share.

A tea company with years of experience, wide tea range and strong price positioning have decided to enter a B2C market. Previously the company has worked only in B2B supplies of tea and coffee.

Agency Task

The company asked us to develop a new B2C tea brand from scratch – strategy, concept and design system. The brand had to communicate the following attributes: a unique storage technology, wide range, high quality and the attention to the consumer’s need.



Our analysts conducted a series of interviews with the company’s top-management, analyzed competition and retail shelf, thus narrowing down potential positioning territories for the new brand. An express consumer research allowed describing a primary target consumer segment based on the emotional motivations behind tea consumption.

The research also showed that the tea lovers are keen to share their experience via social media. This learning transcended into a creative brief – we had to come up with a truly unique and emotional package and other media design in order to motivate consumers to share more.

The core brand idea that sums up the brand platform is “Well-flavored tea. Outside and inside.” The tea is produced using classic recipes and advanced European technologies. The package is pleasant to the eye and makes you anticipate a teatime. In other words, it is the tea for those who prefer a beautiful lifestyle. Afterwards based on the brand strategy we developed a system of brand’s verbal and visual identification, including packaging and promo materials.


Creative Work

The creative process started with a legend “An ocean of tea pleasure” and a brand name – Red Jacket. It as the name of the fastest clipper of its time, the Champion of the Atlantic, the ship that had always been delivering gold, tea and passengers to a destination on time. The brand’s logo represents how this name could look like on the side of a ship. Additionally it contains the port of registration and a graphic symbol – a stylized image of a berthing bollard.

The package design, following the legend, is a hard case that consists of two parts and has “valuable cargo” in it – one of the tea flavors. The case cover has a ship nose shaped cut-off, while a contrast color is used for the inner part representing a ship hull below the floatation line. Each SKU has its own color and its own hand drawn pattern. The package design and the graphic guidelines reflect the brand's character – traditional and monarchic, but at the same time modern and a bit snobbish.


Agency: Plenum
Creative Director: Egor Myznik
Designer: Daria Merzlikina
Location: Moscow, Russia

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