Fruit of the Loom has chosen GSD&M as its media and creative agency of record. The selection follows a competitive pitch that began in April and led by Pile and Company. The sought-after review was said to include McCann, FCB, and Wieden+Kennedy, the last of which was a finalist, according to multiple people close to the situation.
The company and consultant declined to comment on contenders for the business. Wieden+Kennedy could not be reached at press time. FCB declined to comment and McCann could not be reached for comment.
“During our review process, we saw many great agencies, but GSD&M stood apart with a strong strategic and creative vision that we felt was best suited for our iconic brand,” Bryse Yonts, director, brand communications for Fruit of the Loom said. “We are excited to partner with GSD&M in the next chapter of our brand.”
GSD&M will also be responsible for strategy and social work. The agency will be focused on continuing to increase brand awareness across Fruit of the Loom’s varied categories.
“Their business has been growing in the sports and the women's area,” Duff Stewart, CEO of GSD&M said. "They want to continue to push that and diversify both their audience and bring the age down. Fruit of the Loom is a brand that many of us grew up with and people tend to step away from the brand, but then come back to the brand a little bit later. Part of our job is to have a continuous life-cycle relationship with the consumer in terms of building their brand.”
GSD&M is often most closely associated with Southwest Airlines, due to its nearly 40-year relationship with the carrier, but it has steadily been picking up significant accounts. In May the agency picked up creative AOR duties for Tyson label chicken under the Tyson Foods umbrella, with its first campaign released in August. In February GSD&M was reunited with Avocados From Mexico as its agency-of-record after a three-year absence and it scored Capital One’s business in early 2020 without a competitive review.