Private Brand Beauty from Pearlfisher

English branding agency Pearlfisher created the branding for Mii, a make-up line from Gerrard International – the first Private Brand make-up line from this leading consultancy and distributor for professional beauty salons and spas. Mii offers an exciting choice of everyday make-up essentials with a professional quality that is not directed solely by color trends and fashion fads.

Appointed in 2009 on the strength of its beauty brand credentials, Pearlfisher was tasked with creating brand strategy, product segmentation, naming, tone of voice and the packaging design.

The brand essence revolves around the idea of ultimate individuality. The consumer is at the heart of the brand and the products work to enhance and define the individual beauty – the real ‘me’ – of those that use them. The brand name is an aural representation of the brand essence and looks unique and stylish when written.

To help simplify, stand out and educate in the cosmetic marketplace, the graphic design is led by copy & tone of voice with useful hints and tips on how best to use the Mii products to suit the individual. The colour scheme reflects the premium and professional quality of the brand.

Natalie Chung, Creative Director Pearlfisher says “Mii appeals to both the professional market and the non-professional consumer. The design portrays the quality and educational aspect of the brand whilst also giving Mii a completely ownable and chic look and feel”.



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Christopher Durham

Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan).

Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s.
Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago.

Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.