Wellness and lifestyle
Business strategy, strategic visioning, IP review and valuation, IP protection advice, trade marking, brand strategy, brand narrative, visual narrative, behavioural narrative, brand identity, brand communication assets, livery, environment, stationery, brand guidelines, copywriting, strategic guidance.
Brand clarity sometimes comes out of adversity, or its challenger, positivity. Brand narrative comes out of the authentic belief those things give you. Vitalia is the perfect example.
Buying the Oils for Life (OFL) business was a natural extension of our client's essential oil, wellness and low-tox lifestyle business. The purchase included the Australian registered trademark and domain registrations. As well as the online and retail operations.
When they were challenged by an American company (Oil Life) for the use of the name "Oils for Life" they talked to Untold.
They had another brand in their brand family, Vitalia which incorporated the founder's personal businesses and influencer activities. Their first instinct was to simply rename the new business Vitalia and move on. However, we advised that the OFL brand was an asset with equity in the market and that while Vitalia may be a better masthead for their combined offerings they shouldn't just walk away when they owned the Australian trade mark.
Ownership of the Australian trade mark and their previous trading history meant that the Americans had no grounds to object to their trading. A polite but confident letter indicating this changed the tenor of the discussions dramatically.
Plans to adopt Vitalia as the lead brand continued, but OFL would become a product line brand, retaining the equity and reputation. Moreover, their firm but polite communication with Oil Life led to a new business relationship with the American firm.
The name Vitalia means "Full of life" and represents positive living and health, but some additional brand assets were required to deliver the full narrative. A brand promise of "Life to the full" was incorporated to bring the founders' personal 'Why' to the mix. And then their belief that true wellness was collaborative, collective and importantly, a conscious series of choices, gave birth to 'Co-wellness', their 'What'.
No font would have been perfect for Viatalia, so we created our own. Type was hand-drawn to incorporate several san serif styles. (Note the double-story 'a', the serif 'i', curved 'l' and the short ascenders.) A custom leaf/oil icon was employed here as the 'tittle' of the lowercase 'i'.
Life–to the full™ was designed as an anamorphic element. The line would stretch over spaces, even around corners, and onto other canvases. It became a dynamic tool useful for framing visual narrative, spaces, and document breaks.
Co-wellness appears in a roundel with a custom illustration which spoke to the natural origins of their products as well as their network. The design also delivered a second message–the repetition meant that co-wellness also became the wellness.co.