Product / ServiceZOO JEANS
EntrantI&S BBDO Tokyo, JAPAN
Entrant Company I&S BBDO Tokyo, JAPAN
Advertising Agency I&S BBDO Tokyo, JAPAN
Production Company TCJ Tokyo, JAPAN


Name Company Position
Yoshihisa Ogata I/S BBDO Exective Creative Director
Shinichi Ikeda I/S BBDO Senior Creative Director
Takuya Miyamoto I/S BBDO Creative Director/Art Director
Takahiro Sakai I/S BBDO Planner
Campbell Hanley I/S BBDO Copywriter
Hironobu Taniguchi I/S BBDO Agency Producer
Tomoaki Watanabe TCJ Chief Producer
Kazuhide Kumada TCJ Producer
Tatsuo Murai CAVIAR Director
Yousuke Ohmori Freelance Cameraman
Katsuya Yamada Aiin Music
Yusuke Matsumoto RAMPUYA Production Designer
Reiko Matsumoto Kadokawa Daiei Studio Production Designer
Yuki Kawakami Amana Photographer
Noriaki Hosaka Amana Web Director
Takanari Yamashita Bluecurrent Japan Pr Account Manager
Tetsutato Shimo Bluecurrent Japan Pr Media Solution Manager
Tatsuya Hirosawa Bluecurrent Japan Pr Account Executive
Aya Miyashita I/S BBDO Agency Pr Director

The Campaign

We wondered whether some new form of entertainment couldn’t be found in the everyday lives of the animals. We took the animals’ playthings – old tires and giants balls – and wrapped them in fabric, to make the world’s first animal-made distressed denim jeans. We created three versions of the jeans – the Tiger edition, the Lion edition and the Bear edition. We then sold the jeans in a public auction, and returned the proceeds to the animals in the form of donations to the zoo and to WWF Japan.

Success of the Campaign

In the first two weeks of the campaign, Zoo Jeans was featured in major news channels both in Japan and around the world – a total of 737 media. In the same period, social media users mentioned the jeans made by animals in 28,346 posts, reaching a total 34,572,889 people. Furthermore, many people participated in the charity auction, with one pair alone selling for some USD$1,500.00. And the zoo saw a 132% increase in visitors compared with the same period last year. People saw the zoo in a new light – as a place that offers new form of entertainment.

Describe how the campaign/entry was launched and executed across each channel in the order of implementation.

We felt that the basic idea – designer jeans ripped by real lions, tigers and bears – was strong enough to garner considerable media coverage and generate buzz. Our first task was to get this message out, then make the details available to people who would inevitably want to learn more. A press release was dispatched inviting the media to a press conference and launch event held at the zoo. The journalists and event attendees were treated to an impressive demonstration by lions and tigers, gnawing and clawing at their denim-wrapped playthings. A high quality “making of” video was released on YouTube, and embedded in the Zoo Jeans website, which also went live on the day of the launch event. A Facebook page was created and filled with more behind-the-scenes images, captioned in Japanese and English.