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Go Outside: You'll Be Glad

Roots x CLOT

CRUEL partnered with Roots to create a motion and stills campaign to celebrate a landmark collaboration with CLOT and founder Edison Chen; honouring the heritage of both brands. This partnership, marks Roots' 50th and CLOT's 20th anniversaries.


The inaugural collection, "Go Outside: You'll Be Glad," crafted in Roots' Toronto factory, marries high-quality Canadian production with CLOT's streetwear ethos. It encourages embracing the spirit of the outdoors, whether amidst Canada's natural beauty or Hong Kong's urban landscape. Edison Chen's vision combines Roots' commitment to comfort and style with CLOT's innovative, inclusive approach to streetwear.


The collection, including Leather Varsity Jackets and Kanga Hoodies, and the Lunar New Year collection, inspired by the Year of the Dragon, showcase a harmonious fusion of East and West. This collaboration stands as a vibrant testament to the unifying power of fashion.

CREDITS

Lead agency: @cruelcommons
Production Company: @parasiempre.ca / @postofficecreative


Director (Motion): @macsiwocha
Director (Stills): @domlisi
Creative Director/Photographer: @joey_saturday
Art Director: @janeespiritu
Executive Producer: @jackthomasroy
Executive Producer: @keshialall
DOP: @steventsinokas
Stylist/ Wardrobe: @bobbybowenn
Editor: @steventsinokas
Hair/ Makeup: @iamwinliu
Talent: @justjackyweng
Talent: @liannsun


Special Thanks:

@nolimitsheli
@strangeragency
@beauphotostore
@lizbellagency

  • Brand of the Year ADCANN and

    Canadian Cannabis Awards

    SUPREME CANNABIS (2018)

    Best Marketing Campaign

    O’Cannabiz Awards

    SUPREME CANNABIS (2019)

    ADC Awards 2022
    Gold for Media Innovation

    MR. SATURDAY (2022)

    Cannes Bronze Lion for Brand

    Experience and Activation

    MR. SATURDAY (2022)

    Atomic Awards, Gold for Niche Targeting, Collaboration, Engagement

    MR. SATURDAY (2022)

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