Mumbai: Pepperfry, furniture, and home products marketplace, has launched its new campaign, Swadeshi Is Great, to promote and celebrate Indian artisans and their creations. The brand, which was conceived with the idea of building an ‘honest Indian’ company, impresses upon consumers the superiority of Swadeshi products on key variables of purchase decision-making i.e. quality, style and value. Through this heart-warming campaign, it urges people to buy Swadeshi furniture not only because it is Indian, but also because it is superior.
Historically, the majority of India’s handcrafted furniture was exported primarily to premium retailers in the US and Europe. However, since its inception in 2012, Pepperfry has aimed to democratize the furniture industry in India. With its unique marketplace model and an extensive catalog that comprises 90%+ ‘Made in India’ products, the brand has made authentic Indian furniture accessible and affordable in every corner of the country. Additionally, Pepperfry has also provided the local manufacturers and artisans access to a steady national market and pride from the fact that fellow Indians are using their handcrafted products.
Having championed the cause of ‘Made by Indians for Indians’, Pepperfry has launched this three-part digital campaign to highlight that Indian is better and Indian is beautiful. It conveys that Indian furniture is not mass-produced and through each intricately carved piece a carpenter brings to life his expertise, craftsmanship as well as his rich lineage. Most of the furniture is made from hardwood like Sheesham, Teak, Mango, and Acacia that lasts a lifetime, and with beautiful designs, they are indeed priceless.
Conceptualized by L&K Saatchi and Saatchi, the first film captures a carpenter carefully working on a piece of furniture and as he finishes the article, he looks at his father and says that he has learned this world-class manufacturing process from his abbu. The second film shows a carpenter that checks the wood of his furniture item, knocks it, varnishes it and critically eyes it before proudly claiming that this international quality piece is made in Ratangarh. The last video depicts a couple of carpenters painstakingly refine a motif as one of them proclaims that such edgy styling and design are their specialties.
Speaking about the campaign, Kashyap Vadapalli, Chief Marketing Officer & Business Head, Pepperfry said, “Pepperfry has always endeavored to democratize the furniture industry in India. A one-stop-shop for authentic Indian furniture and home décor, it has not only made beautiful handcrafted furniture affordable and accessible but also empowered local artisans and manufacturers. Through this campaign, we are celebrating these skilled craftsmen and encouraging consumers to buy Indian furniture not only because it is Indian but because it is superior, beautiful, durable, and stylish.”
Debarjyo Nandi, Sr.Vice President, Law & Kenneth Saatchi & Saatchi, said, “Swadeshi is at the very core and essence of brand Pepperfry and a dominant part of its product portfolio. The campaign looks to instil pride in Indian made furniture and celebrate the craftsmen who create beautiful and world-class furniture right here in our homeland.”
Trishay Kotwal, Executive Creative Director, Law & Kenneth Saatchi & Saatchi, added, “We wanted to deliver the message with simplicity and authenticity, really focusing on the skill and dedication of the master craftsmen who create these exquisite pieces. The entire campaign is an ode to swadeshi furniture and everything that goes into making it so special.”
Agency: Law & Kenneth Saatchi & Saatchi
Creative Team: Trishay Kotwal, Pritam Shettigar, Gauri Gokarn, Shahid Sheikh, Anand Vyas, Smita Misra
Account Management: Debarjyo Nandi, Nivedita Lahiri, Shubhrav Phate
Account Planning: Snehasis Bose
Senior Agency Producer: Vijay Vigamal
Production House: Prodigious Brand logistics
Director: Deepak Thomas
Director of Photography: Harshvir Oberoi
Executive Producer: ChahnaRupani
Associate Producer: RajdeepRahi
Music Director: Anand Bajpai
Vo Artist: Shashank Vaity
Post Production: After Studios