B&B studio has partnered with Edgewell-owned Wilkinson Sword to rebrand and revamp its shaving and grooming portfolio, introducing contemporary design confidence while re-emphasizing the brand's unique heritage. The rebrand cements Wilkinson Sword's role as the ultimate challenger to brand leader Gillette in the face of new market entrants and direct-to-consumer offerings. 

The Blade Masters since 1772

Working to a new brand positioning - The Blade Masters since 1772 - inspired by the brand's 250+ year history and sword-making origins, B&B studio began the project by recrafting Wilkinson Sword's iconic double sword logo. The new design moves away from the existing flat and one-dimensional graphic, introducing greater depth and character to the swords, and modernizing the logo's typography – including reworking the Ws with sharp and purposeful cuts. A new "Since 1772" tagline stresses the brand's longevity and expertise, adding quiet confidence to the execution.

A Complex Portfolio

Bringing meaning and purpose to the brand's portfolio was the project's core strategic challenge. A new consumer-led architecture, inspired by The Blade Masters – focuses on expertise and introduces four distinct ranges across the brand's shaving and grooming products. This simplified system was created to help people find the right tools to achieve a more masterful shave. 

With different SKUs available in different markets, it was essential to create an overarching family feel from a design point of view, so that any of the products could sit together. This has been achieved by introducing black as a core brand color across all ranges, and using color blocking, layout and typography to differentiate ranges, and variants within each range. Across all SKUs, product is put on a pedestal through hero imagery that clarifies what's inside.

A simplified communications system has also been introduced, with a clearer product naming, universal benefit-led iconography, and a consistent hierarchy, aiding navigation and making the brand's expertise instantly accessible.

Wilkinson Sword's Hydro range - the core razor offer - is the first of the new designs to launch onto the market, with further ranges to follow.

Contemporary Confidence

“Tackling the Wilkinson Sword portfolio has been an incredibly rewarding challenge," comments B&B Design Director Jack Gibbons. “It is a privilege to partner with a brand so rich in heritage, and the new look emphasizes the brand's genuine quality and expertise in a cluttered marketplace."

"B&B has successfully translated our new Blade Master positioning into a design that oozes contemporary confidence," says Sophie Rock, Head of Wilkinson Sword Europe. "We can't wait to see the complete portfolio on display in stores."