VillaLobos Ambient, DM, Case study A LOJA VAZIA by Loducca

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Media Ambient, Direct marketing, Case study
Market Brazil
Agency Loducca
Creative Director Cassio Moron, Jose Augusto Guga Ketzer, Sergio Mugnaini
Art Director Alexandre Amaral
Copywriter Fabio Saboya, Raphael Franzini, Marcelo Rosa, Weber Luiz De Andrade
Designer Gustavo De Lacerda, Eduardo Tallia
Released November 2012


Cannes Lions 2013
Design Lions Temporary Retail Gold
Promo and Activation Lions Product & Service; Charities Bronze
Media Lions Use of Media; Best Use of Ambient Media: Large Scale Bronze

Credits & Description

Type of entry: Use of Media
Category: Best Use of Ambient Media: Large Scale
Agency: LODUCCA São Paulo, BRAZIL
Creative Director: Guga Ketzer (Loducca)
Creative Director: Cássio Moron (Loducca)
Creative Director: Fábio Saboya (Loducca)
Creative Director: Sérgio Mugnaini (Loducca)
Copywriter: Raphael Franzini (Loducca)
Copywriter: Marcelo Rosa (Loducca)
Copywriter: Fábio Saboya (Loducca)
Art Director: Alexandre Amaral (Loducca)
Copywriter: Weber Luiz De Andrade (Loducca)
Head Of Design: Gustavo De Lacerda (Loducca)
Designer: Gustavo De Lacerda (Loducca)
Designer: Eduardo Tallia (Loducca)
Executive Producer: Ana Luisa Andre (Loducca)
Executive Producer: Sid Fernandes (Loducca)
Client Services Director: Fernão Cosi (Loducca)
Account Group Director: Fabiane Veiga (Loducca)
Media Director: Rodrigo Tamer (Loducca)
Planner VP: Ken Fujioka (Loducca)
Planner Director: Daniel De Tomazo (Loducca)
Account Director: Tatiana Moliterno (Loducca)

Results and Effectiveness

With only a free space and literally an empty shop, VillaLobos mall managed to collect 3.2 tons of clothes and help thousands of people in need.
The Governor of the State of São Paulo and other Brazilian personalities like footballer Neymar (with 15MM followers online) got involved and caught the media’s attention.
Other malls have shown interest in implementing the idea in their countries.
So, we're turning it into an open source project. This means that the shop blueprint, the key visuals and the communication kits are going to be made available for free to anyone to spread goodwill.

Creative Execution

The key issue was not only to generate a good number of donations but also to make people aware of the cause and consolidate traffic to VillaLobos mall. The Empty Store itself was the media and the main character of the idea, but with huge press coverage and support from celebrities, socialites and even the Governor of the State of São Paulo, we increased several times the visibility and awareness of the activation.

Insights, Strategy and the Idea

Brazil is a tropical country but São Paulo gets pretty cold during the winter. So, for the annual Winter Clothing Drive, we created a new way of collecting donations.
A Loja Vazia, or The Empty Shop, is a store at VillaLobos shopping mall,
with empty hangers, empty shelves, empty windows. You bring clothes to the shop instead of taking them from the shop.
The space fills with donations during the day and is emptied out at night to receive more pieces the next morning. To encourage donation of clothes in good conditions, the shop team creates outfits and displays them as fashion looks.