Popp Studio collaborates with online pet care retailer and distributor Podium Pet Products to unleash their all-natural, luxury pet care brand, born and nurtured in the UK: Be:Loved.
Co-Founder and businesswoman Carina Evans approached Popp Studio in 2019 to create all aspects of the brand identity, including the strategy, name, brand language, visual identity and packaging.
Evans, a winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, has led and defined the industry for 17 years. She was inspired to create Be:Loved after finding an old family heirloom: a farmhouse recipe book of natural remedies made solely using nature’s harvest.
With a knowledge of animal care in the founders’ DNA, the recipes were reimagined and made relevant for modern life to care for and pamper pets and their humans together.
The uplifting and elegant range of shampoo bars, sprays and balms are perfect for everyday indulgent care. Whilst the sumptuous, moisturising ingredients protect and nourish hands while giving pets a natural boost, even those with sensitive skin.
There’s an unspoken bond between humans and animals, and Be:Loved lets people show their pets how much they care with practical pampering.
Popp Studio Managing Director and Co-Founder Andrew Slade says:
“The name is a simple encapsulation of that intangible connection between pets and pet-parents: “be loved” by your “beloved” pet. The strapline “Proper Pampering from Palm to Paw” positions the products as both effective and indulgent, and emphasises the benefits to both the pets and those doing the pampering.”
The logo combines a B-shape, paw and heart in an irresistibly cute, distinctive asset that is paired with a simple wordmark with a colon that hints at the play on words in the name.
This “Be:” device flexes across packaging and throughout the brand world placing the different benefits of each product in the spotlight, and the range as a whole. “Be:Safe” features on the nose and paw balm. “Be:Silky” evokes clean, soft fur after a rub from the coat oil. Lastly, “Clean, Calm, Vegan and Bugfree” speak to the different benefits of the shampoo bar range.
The understated, sophisticated colours fit perfectly with the décor of modern homes, and the considered designs mean that pet products can be displayed confidently alongside other premium beauty or home care products.
The Popp team was inspired by the idea “hidden in the hedgerows” – the root of many of the ingredients – and thus created silhouette illustrations of plants with cats and dogs hiding amongst them as a fun, discoverable feature.
The brand story is both playful and poetic, and encourages people to dote on their pets, and “let them Be:Loved.”
Handmade and all-natural, the range was reared on the philosophy that we don’t use “chemical-packed products on our own skin, so the same should go for our pets.” With this in mind, the message “Always tested on humans” is proudly displayed on the back of the outer packaging.
Be:Loved Co-Founder Carina Evans says:
“We had a real challenge in creating a brand that combined the desirability and aspiration of the beauty world with the friendly feeling of pet care. Popp has created a brand that straddles these worlds in a distinctive way and sets us apart from the rest of the category.”
Popp Studio Creative Director and Co-Founder Poppy Stedman says:
“We aimed to create a verbal and visual identity that was authentic, positive and indulgent. Be:Loved balances the cute, lovable side of having a pet, and includes those can’t-help-but-smile moments, with a stylish aesthetic you’d be proud to display in your home. Knowing the products are completely safe and natural means pet-parents can relax and cherish all the special moments that come with having a pet.”
Be:Loved can be purchased at www.podiumpetproducts.com and is widely available at pet stores nationwide.
- Agency/Creative: Popp Studio
- Article Title: Be:Loved Luxury Pet Care Brand Creation by Popp Studio
- Organisation/Entity: Agency, Published Commercial Design
- Project Type: Packaging
- Agency/Creative Country: United Kingdom
- Market Region: Europe
- Project Deliverables: Brand Advertising, Brand Creation, Brand Identity, Brand Naming, Brand Strategy, Brand World, Branding, Graphic Design, Identity System, Illustration, Packaging Design, Photography, Product Naming, Tone of Voice
- Format: Bottle, Box, Jar
- Substrate: Glass Bottle, Pulp Paper