Affinity1Brand building is all about credibility and protection – mainly gaining credibility and then protecting it. So more than 20 years ago, when Greek fraternity and sorority organizations nationwide began seeing an increasing number of manufacturers using their names in unwanted and unauthorized fashion, the Greek community responded with a resounding “no more.”

And why shouldn’t they? Coca-Cola doesn’t let anyone make and sell spinoffs of its name without approval, so why wouldn’t these organizations – founded with specific missions and some more than a century old – do the same? Their credibility was built over decades and today they are using their resources to protect it – no official shirt, sweater, coffee mug or jewelry hits the retail stands that falls short of the quality benchmarks or criteria specified by the licensor. Only credible merchandise is allowed, which makes sense since credibility is one of Greek life’s main draws.

Redasign1The team at Redasign Studio has a solid background in design, product development and licensing and is quietly building strong merchandising programs for its clients. Slow and steady wins the race, but in the case of this boutique agency, so does small and agile.

Moshi1An immensely popular digital property is expanding its reach into the off-line world while maintaining a strong connection to its core business. Moshi Monsters, a free online world aimed at children ages six to 12, this fall will make its second foray into video games following a record-setting console gaming debut in 2011.

Hasbro1At Hasbro, not everything is fun and games. There are also fashion products, movies, television shows, digital apps and a variety of innovative ideas to tell the story of the company that introduced the world to iconic products such as Mr. Potato Head, the Monopoly game or one of the first action figures, G.I. Joe.

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