Burberry changes logo for first time in two decades

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Top: old logo. Bottom: new logo.
Top: old logo. Bottom: new logo. Credit: Burberry

Burberry has changed its logo for the first time in 20 years, revealing the new look via an Instagram post.

The British heritage brand's new logo says "Burberry London England" in stark capital letters, replacing the softer, rounder font the company previously used. Riccardo Tisci, the star designer Burberry hired this year to revamp its brand image, posted screen shots of an exchange with graphic designer Peter Saville agreeing on the logo.

Saville is known for iconic album covers for bands like Joy Division and work for fashion brands including the most recent logo for PVH Corp.'s Calvin Klein and ready-to-wear collaborations with Puig's Paco Rabanne.

Burberry also revealed a new monogram print featuring interlocking T's and B's—for the brand's founder, Thomas Burberry. A wave of customer nostalgia for the logo prints of the 1990s and early 2000s has led brands including Kering SA's Gucci and LVMH's Fendi and Christian Dior divisions to revive their monogrammed accessory lines, which many luxury labels had discontinued to prevent overexposure.

The logo and monogram print was set to begin appearing in Burberry marketing material on Thursday.

The Thomas Burberry monogram.
The Thomas Burberry monogram. Credit: Burberry

Tisci, who will show his first runway collection for the brand in September, formerly spent 12 years at the helm of LVMH's Givenchy. He turned the faltering label into a fashion powerhouse favored by Beyonce and Madonna by selling intricate red-carpet couture alongside track suits and graphic tees that spearheaded the trend for luxury athletic-wear.

The new logo arrives after Burberry recently incited outrage for admitting to burning unsold clothing stock worth 28 million euros. The London-based brand, which joined Nike and H&M in to an initiative to improve industry sustainability earlier this year, said the move was in an effort to protect against counterfeiters. Many consumers voiced their disapproval, and ThredUp, an apparel resale site, penned an open letter it released on Instagram.

"We are in the midst of an environmental crisis exacerbated by the fashion industry," the July letter read. "We respect the desire to protect your brand image, but discounting your product shouldn't be scarier than setting it on fire."

On Thursday, some Twitter users responded to the new logo by alluding to the incineration. Some said the brand could "always burn" the new design if it doesn't work out.

Another suggested burning clothes in celebration of the news.

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