Country Base: Croatia
Industry/Sector/Keywords: Footwear, Shoes, Retail Stores, Children, Kids, Apparel
Below: Before and After Images in Slide Show, Summary, Credits


Industry Setting

Froddo is a brand of children’s shoes from Croatia and a big exporter in the EU and the US market. The Croatian marketplace had three big players communicating the same message about materials and foot’s anatomy. The international scene was saturated with beautiful, charming and determined brands fiercely targeting the consumers.


The challenge was to create a relevant brand story and to change the way the footwear looks. The challenge became greater when Froddo bought one of their competitors in the Croatian market. The look of the new brand had to become unified because internally two brands had two distinct sets of philosophies.


The acquired brand was put under Froddo to gain a stronger market presence domestically and internationally. At the phase of analysis we consulted the kids, parents, psychologists and studied design footwear trends. The strategy advanced into creating the insight that kids are not uniformed beings but that happy kids are those who are treated as individuals and who have the freedom to be what they want to be.

Our brand’s hypothesis was that each kid is unique just as each kid’s footprint is unique. The hypothesis was shown in the brand story, the visual identity, the shop’s interior and the new collection. Together with the client we created sneakers that have an empty space for personalization – whether the kids want to sign their name or draw something was up to them. The whole collection was stripped of superfluous ornaments, and became playfully elegant.


The rebranded Froddo was a huge success among kids and parents, as well as among international buyers. Since the launch in early 2015 the brand’s sales grew significantly. The number of international buyers grew by 60% and 74% more footwear was sold in the foreign markets for fall/winter 2015/16 compared to the same period the year before. The online sales increased by 30%.


Client: Ivančica –

Brand Strategists/Designers: Brandoctor –

Senior Brand Consultant: Anja Bauer Minkara
Brand Consultant: Petra Despot Domljanović
Junior Brand Consultant:
Stipan Rimac
Željka Zrnić
Brand Implementor: Jelena Mezga
Anja Bauer Minkara
Petra Despot Domljanović
Art Director: Igor Manasteriotti
Igor Manasteriotti
Mia Marić
Illustrator: BooBoo Tannenbaum

Retail Design: Brigada –

Creative Director & Architect: Damjan Geber
Furniture Designer: Dominik Cergna
Production Manager: Marko Sančanin
Architect: Sandra Unterajner
Architect: Marina Brletić
Retail Analyst _eljka Zrnić

Igor Manasteriotti
Domagoj Kunić