February 4, 2015
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 4, 2015 - Gap, the iconic American clothing brand, will debut an innovative "Micro-Series" developed specifically for Instagram. The series consists of 12 short films, each only 15 seconds long, that tell a surprising love story between comedian and "Marcel the Shell" creator Jenny Slate and indie actor Paul Dano, in his commercial debut. One episode will be released each week during the Spring season, beginning this week.
The films build on Gap's recent history of partnering with acclaimed directors to tell stories that will relate to customers' lives. After creating more traditional, broadcast commercials with David Fincher and Sofia Coppola last year, the brand has partnered this season with 'maverick' directors The Daniels to create a purpose-built story for Instagram.
Premiering today on Gap’s Instagram account, http://instagram.com/gap, the Micro-Series tracks the burgeoning romance between the love struck duo of Slate and Dano, as they navigate chance encounters, first dates and moody Spring weather in the hope of finding their perfect fit. As they grapple with what is real and what is digital "content," they begin to suspect that their lives may not be theirs alone. Viewers will need to stay tuned as each short film is released over the season to see the story unfold.
The films feature Gap’s key trends of the Spring season, which are integral to the events in each episode – form-fitting Resolution Denim, the new Spring-ready Khaki, and the go anywhere Jogger Pants – to showcase weather-proof and heartbreak-proof, outfits.
In addition to Instagram and other digital platforms, the love story will be released on dating websites and apps. A companion promotion called #APerfectFit will offer viewers special rewards for trying on the new form-fitting Resolution Denim featured in the Micro-Series.
Gap's Spring campaign will also include broader print and online components featuring upcoming artists India Menunez, Neelam Gill, Victor Norlander and Andre Feulner, who model Gap's new seasonal classics.
Developed with Gap's global agency, Wieden+Kennedy New York, the Micro-Series series is one of the first campaigns to take advantage of Instagram's new video auto-replay looping capabilities.
"We are excited to further innovate our marketing approach and introduce a series that not only is inspired by social, but reflects its zeitgeist – where the lines between real and created events are increasingly blurring," said Tricia Nichols, Global Consumer Engagement and Partnerships for Gap. "In each episode, we bring to life those first days of Spring that can feel a bit surreal as our couple's real lives and Instagram lives start to merge into one. We think people will relate to the storyline, while also getting some help navigating the tricky territory of the perfect first-date outfit, especially when Spring's weather can be so unpredictable."
Fans can visit youtube.com/gap to watch the episodes in full.
Gap is one of the world's most iconic apparel and accessories brands and the authority on American casual style. Founded in San Francisco in 1969, Gap’s collections are designed to build the foundation of modern wardrobes – all things denim, classic white shirts, khakis and must-have trends. Beginning with the first international store in London in 1987, to the brand’s planned 2015 debut in India, Gap continues to connect with customers online and across the brand’s more than 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap includes Women's and Men's apparel and accessories, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity, GapBody and GapFit collections. The brand also serves value-conscious customers with exclusively-designed collections for Gap Outlet and Gap Factory Stores. Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta and Intermix. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.