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    ‘Our work is never done’ salutes Gore-Tex’s storied past and sustainable future

    The global campaign shows how the waterproof apparel brand continues to evolve and innovate for outdoor enthusiasts.

    From drying off hippies in the 1970s to cooling down skaters in the 2010s, Gore-Tex has revealed its plans to consistently build and rebuild on its 40-year history.

    The outdoor apparel brand today announced a global campaign that shows its journey of innovating high-performance apparel, while revealing a new product line that emphasizes sustainability. The new creative and products come as the brand also releases a new tagline and promise: ‘Going further, together.’

    The new creative, developed by AKQA’s Berlin studio, takes the viewer on Gore-Tex’s four decades of developing waterproof, windproof and breathable protection. Scenes are shot with historically-accurate formats from each respective decade. The brand also enlisted up-and-coming Canadian director Caraz, who recently brought home two golds for her short film at Cannes.

    “It’s a rare event that you get to launch a campaign for the first radically new products in a brand’s 40-year history. Such an event needs to be honored with a bold, eye-popping, mind-changing campaign,” said Andre Blanco and Alex Rose, AKQA creatives. “To capture the brand’s history in 60 seconds, we journey through time and space, using vintage cameras from each decade. Shooting with 8mm, 16mm, VHS and old iPhones was as exciting and aesthetically rewarding as it was challenging. The soundtrack was another key element to the storytelling, developing and changing seamlessly according to each era.”

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    At the end of the spot, Gore-Tex’s new clothing line is revealed, which not only prioritizes durability but also represents a key milestone in the brand’s ongoing sustainability efforts. “We believe performance and sustainability are not mutually exclusive, and protecting people also means protecting the planet,” said Silke Kemmerling, sustainability team leader of Gore’s fabrics division. “Responsible Performance defines our sustainability commitment beyond technical product performance benefits to include a wider combination of protection, comfort and sustainability. We are ... striving to create products that positively impact both people and the planet, and deliver the high-performance benefits customers and consumers trust and rely on from us.”

    “We use science as a proof point to cut through a sea of undifferentiated sustainability marketing and build trust among skeptical consumers,” said Kerry Summers, global marketing leader for the Gore-Tex brand. “We see the new Gore-Tex products as a present-day innovation within a long history of innovations – a key step in our responsible performance journey – but by no means the final step.”

    The digital campaign will launch on September 16 in Europe, North America, China, Japan and Korea, with content appearing on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, Weibo and WeChat.

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    WL Gore & Associates

    Global content leader: Marc Bock

    European marketing team leader: Chris Blackwood

    European digital marketing and social media management: Fabian Gruenwald


    Account manager: Luisa Verhagen

    Senior project manager: Sable Yeh

    Senior producer: Leandro Santini

    Group creative director: Alex Rose

    Associate creative director: Andre Blanco

    Senior copywriter: Siouxzi Connor

    Associate art director: Leandro de Torres

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    Director: Caraz

    Founding partner: Philip Töpfer and Nico Kreis

    Executive producer: Nico Kreis

    Producer: Allison Lang

    Service production company: Film39

    AD: Adriana Itu

    DOP: Tim Bieker

    Art director: Medeea Enciu

    Wardrobe stylist: Flaviana Isachi

    Model: Theo Ching @ Forte Models

    Post production supervisor: Aratrika Das

    Editor: Simon Klinkertz

    Finishing offline editor: Nicolas Herwig

    Colorist: Simon Boissonneaux

    Music: Wolfsrudel Music

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