Rebranding Chinese Tea
Pek Sin Choon, established in 1925, is one of the oldest tea merchants in Singapore and the "Shepherd Boy on Buffalo" trademark has been its symbol of quality Chinese tea since then. It is also one of the few in Singapore which blended their own tea leaves using the traditional style. The shop went through a stage of revamping after its shift from Teochew Street to the current location, Mosque Street. However, many of the traditions which formed part of the company's culture were retained. These include the traditional paper wrapped packaging for many of its signature tea-blends.
BRAND AUDIT & POSITIONING
In collaboration with Singapore Tourism Board, we were tasked to help Pek Sin Choon conceptualise a new brand identity and design a new packaging. This includes conducting a brand audit as well as coming up with a brand positioning strategy that is most effective and relevant to the brand. Through our research and auditing, we positioned Pek Sin Choon from a functional brand to that of a symbolic and experiential brand, as Pek Sin Choon has a rich heritage and is a symbol of quality Chinese tea, while at the same time offering a tea-drinking experience of quality.
Combining nostalgic elements with a modern design, we developed a series of brand mascots that speaks of the Chinese tea brand's rich legacy and roots. The concept focuses on the peculiar graphic elements of Pek Sin Choon brand (illustrated characters) and its symbolic components (heritage, know-how, history), translating them into a cohesive visual able to appeal buyers and consumers that look for an authentic and genuine approach to the Chinese tea culture. This way, we allow the brand to spread the legacy of Chinese tea making without losing its heritage in the contemporary world.
BRAND TOUCH POINTS
The Heritage Portable Tea Brewing Set focuses on the symbolic and experiential component of Pek Sin Choon brand and simplifies the process of preparing Chinese tea, making the experience straightforward and trouble-free. We also designed an instruction manual within the box with step-by-step instructions, on how to use the product. Pek Sin Choon’s product brochure, point of sales display and vehicle decal are also redesigned to reflect the new identity.
林方伟, Lian He Zao Bao