Ferragamo Welcomes NCT’s Jeno Lee as First Global Male Brand Ambassador

1 min read
Ferragamo x NCT Jeno Lee

Ferragamo has announced its new collaboration with K-pop singer Jeno Lee, christening him as their inaugural global male brand ambassador.

Listen to Audio:

This landmark decision once again confirms the redefinition of the conventional landscape of fashion branding and celebrity partnerships, reflecting the increasing resonance of K-pop culture worldwide.

Jeno Lee, a member of the South Korean boy band NCT, is no stranger to the limelight. He recently graced the Ferragamo’s fall 2023 fashion show in Milan, sharing intriguing glimpses of his Italian adventure with his massive Instagram following, which is approximately 6 million strong.

Ferragamo’s creative director, Maximilian Davis, lauded Jeno for his dynamic personality and an almost magical ability to engage with an international youthful audience. “Jeno’s musical talent, his authentic style, and his unique persona, all these facets align perfectly with the ethos of Ferragamo,” Davis affirmed. Their shared zeal for creativity makes this collaboration an exciting venture. Jeno, too, expressed his anticipation, commending Ferragamo’s remarkable heritage and craftsmanship.

Notably, Jeno Lee isn’t a newcomer in the fashion industry. He made history last year, becoming the first K-pop star to inaugurate a New York Fashion Week runway show. Showcasing Peter Do‘s revolutionary menswear collection, Jeno turned heads with his poised stride in a backless black suit.

This trend of integrating South Korean celebrities into luxury branding has been escalating in recent years. The surge can be accredited to the undeniable global appeal of these stars, sparking a fierce rivalry among luxury brands to secure these influential figures. Blackpink members – Lisa, Jennie, Rosé, and Jisoo – have collaborated with luxury behemoths like Celine, Chanel, SAINT LAURENT, and DIOR. NewJeans’ members – Hyein, Hanni, Danielle, and Haerin – have also earned ambassador roles at esteemed brands such as Louis Vuitton, GUCCI, Burberry, and DIOR.

You maybe interest to read:

Ferragamo Fall 2023 – Milan Fashion Week
Ferragamo celebrates the Year of the Water Bunny with its lucky red capsule
Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2023 – Milan Fashion Week

Furthermore, 2023 saw an array of collaborations between K-pop artists and luxury brands. To name a few, DIOR and Tiffany & Co. partnered with BTS member Jimin, while Louis Vuitton and Calvin Klein aligned with J-Hope and Jungkook respectively. Meanwhile, Valentino opted for BTS’ Suga, and GIVENCHY chose Taeyang of Big Bang fame as its brand ambassador.

Ferragamo’s latest maneuver, involving the charismatic Jeno Lee, could be seen as a turning point in global fashion. It’s a potent testimony to the growing cultural impact of K-pop stars and their indisputable influence in fashion and beyond. This strategy of fostering powerful brand relationships with these stars is not only a brilliant marketing tactic but also a bridge, connecting the world of high fashion with diverse global cultures.

Click on this link to read this article in French version