5W Public Relations, one of the largest independently owned PR firms in the U.S., announced its appointment as the PR agency of record for popular footwear retailer with a 60+ year heritage, Payless.
Founded in 1956, Payless has seen continued success across international markets over the last year, and looks to mirror these achievements as it relaunches into the North American market and formally drops “ShoeSource” from the brand name. 5WPR will work to raise awareness surrounding the relaunch of Payless, which includes the unveiling of an immersive e-commerce platform and new brick-and-mortar retail concept stores, as well as its products, which is now across a range of apparel, accessories, and footwear. The first prototype store will launch in December 2020 in Miami, FL, the new home and headquarters for the brand, with plans to expand to 300-500 freestanding stores across North America over the next five years.
“We’re thrilled to support Payless as they reintroduce themselves to U.S. shoppers,” said Ronn Torossian, CEO and Founder at 5WPR. “Payless is coming back at a time when providing value for families couldn’t be more important. Through brand visibility, influencer relations, and positioning as an industry leading retailer, we look forward to watching Payless flourish.”
“Despite being in truly unpreceded times, we saw an opportunity for Payless to relaunch into the US market, providing our community with the affordable, value driven products they’ve always searched for, now across multiple categories, at a time when the world needs to pay-less,” said Jared Margolis, CEO of Payless. “We are so excited to bring Payless back to our 60M+ customers who missed us, with the strategic help of 5W Public Relations, so they and future generations to come can lead the way forward.”
5W Public Relations helps consumer products and brands build strong, authentic relationships with customers. PR services offered to fashion and lifestyle clients includes messaging and positioning, media relations, influencer relations, product launches, new market expansion campaigns, executive visibility programs, fundraising announcements, content creation, sponsorships/partnerships, digital media campaigns, thought leadership and speaking opportunities.