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Bonobos showcases 172 kinds of diversity in priciest campaign to date

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Bonobos has a few good men in its new campaign—actually, a lot of them. To show off that its pants cover 172 sizes and fits, the 11-year-old menswear brand is debuting a campaign featuring 172 men of varying shapes, sizes, ages and ethnicities in a 30-second TV spot. "However you fit, Bonobos fits you," reads text in the commercial, which will run in Austin and Chicago markets.

"There's a really interesting conversation to be had around the evolution of masculinity, and the power of diversity and incuslivity," says Micky Onvural, co-president of the brand, which was bought by Walmart last year for $310 million. The company has been exploring "how Bonobos as a brand could not just have an impact on the men that [it sells to] and how they see themselves, but have an impact on the conversation," she adds.

Onvural was Bonobos' chief marketing officer before the Walmart purchase and is still handling the role's responsibilities while the company searches for a new CMO. The campaign, which begins airing on Monday, is the brand's second push from Observatory Marketing, formerly known as CAA Marketing, following "Role Models," which aired last fall.

Along with the TV spot, Bonobos will run radio, digital and social marketing as well as project video on buildings in both cities. The brand will also cull a 90-second digital video and a seven-minute mini-documentary out of interviews with its models.

Onvural says Bonobos is backing the campaign with the brand's biggest ad outlay yet. The company ran a small TV test commercial in 2016 in Chicago, she says.

Exverus, out of Los Angeles, handled media duties.

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article said Observatory Marketing was formerly known as CAA. It had been called CAA Marketing.

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