On a redeveloped, 28 acre former steelworks site, Dransfield properties has recently brought a new shopping centre to life in the heart of North Sheffield called Fox Valley.
“The £50million development, delivered by South Yorkshire based Dransfield Properties Ltd, has been carefully designed to reflect the area’s rich industrial heritage, as well as answering the need for a new retail and commercial heart in this growing catchment.”
In the midst of this new shopping centre, Dransfield formed their own department store, Sandersons. Now home to both local suppliers as well as some of the biggest names in the world such as Abercrombie & Fitch, YSL, Dunhill, etc, Sandersons needed high quality packaging that would represent the high quality products that would be going inside.
We made these collapsible rigid boxes with a magnetic front flap for the Sanderson store. They were covered in uncoated FSC approved paper with a two colour litho print and sealer added to protect the inks from rubbing. Bags and tissue paper were also supplied by us at Progress to match the collection. As a start up business, we’re able to support both long and short runs. Our client range is vast, working with well established chains as well as new, independent stores.
Simon Farrow [Progress Packaging's MD] recently stopped by the new development and managed to take some shots of the boxes on the shelves. We think they look amazing!
We had the privilege of working with the quality brand Mary Le Bone recently, helping them to create a luxury gift box that tied in with their company ethos of only creating products that are built with care and are able to stand the test of time. Speaking to Mary Le Bone about who they are and the products they produce gave us a fascinating insight into the company themselves.
“Mary Le Bone designs premium products that are masculine in essence that women love to wear as much as men, and don’t have a fad nor quality expiry date. Mary Le Bone don’t use plastic packaging or products, and we don’t mass produce products. All of our scarves and lounge throws use 100% natural fibres, and like the boxes, are made in England.”
A quick bit of research on their website shows how committed Mary Le Bone is to being creative without being reckless with the amount of waste that is left over and the materials which they use. “We believe there are too many churn and burn clothes sitting on sale racks headed for landfill,” they state. “We believe that Earth has already provided us with unparalleled quality in sustainable forms.”
Mary Le Bone’s main focus is to challenge mainstream manufacturing, mass production and waste, which is why they chose to make their gift boxes as eco-friendly as possible. These boxes were produced on short runs, meaning that nothing goes to waste over time. The Geltex papers are recyclable and offer a scratch resistant surface, ensuring as little damage as possible which, again, means less wastage. These shoulder boxes highlight what can be achieved in the luxury sector while still being green without sacrificing design or quality.
Thanks to our partners in crime at Design Project, the new Progress rebrand has a beautiful six-page spread in the September issue of Computer Arts, telling you all about how the changes to our logo, stationery and website came about, from concept stage, right through to the final product.
Speaking to the magazine, James Littlewood of Design Project described how the new branding reflects the changes of Progress Packaging over the last decade.
“Historically, Progress primarily worked with agencies and would liaise day-to-day with creative directors and designers. Organically over time the company has diversified to work more directly with end clients to service a more expansive range of packaging formats – liaising with production managers and buyers to fulfil this type of work.”
For a further insight into this project, grab your copy of the September issue of Computer Arts.
With the cosmetics industry being one of the biggest industries in the world, it can be difficult for companies and brands to stand out. There is, however, no fear of that with this beautiful box piece for Cream & Powder. Using bright colours to compliment the lipstick and blusher splashed heart in the centre of the lid, this definitely stands out on the shelf.
This four-board case and tray was lined and covered in a four colour print with a gloss laminate finish. On the inside, we produced foam inserts to hold the items that it would house securely – one black and one white – and a magnetic closure was fitted to secure the box and add that little extra detail to the packaging piece.
The closest any of us at Progress have ever been to a film festival was in the year 2000 when Showcase Cinemas had a Chicken Run fun day in their car park and one of us won a tub of free popcorn in the egg and spoon race. So when Channel 4 came to us with a desire to produce some Film 4 giveaway bags for The Cannes Film Festival, naturally, we were excited to be involved in it, even it if was in some far off, distant way.
These striking bags were produced using 12oz canvas material with shoulder length handles. A dyed red cotton lining was produced for the inside of the bag, matching the handles, also – which were lined up to match the screen-print as part of the very clever design for the number 4 on the outside of the bag. The finishing touch was the custom made woven label to the outer edge, making this bag one that was sure to stand out among the crowds.
Vaara, a brand and company built on the belief that everyone is capable of attaining and having an active lifestyle, make everything they touch feel harmonious and empowering to their target audience: the women of the world.
With a strong emphasis on everything feeling as good as it looks and looking as good as it feels – as well as it being durable and suitable for everyday use – when it came to packaging their sport and activewear, they needed a design agency that would understand their ethos. Each London were the guys to step up to the plate and provide Vaara with a design and a range that works wonders, using clean lines, simple yet detailed branding that speaks for itself, and no-fuss, classically appealing materials.
We at Progress Packaging Ltd were there to help with the production of these sophisticated designs. Four items were produced in total, all of which are detailed below.
- Paper bags with grosgrain ribbon handles, made using 270gsm Colorplan Gravure Emboss with a raised 3D logo on both sides.
- A small card folder , made using matching Gravure Colorplan paper with a foiled logo, also.
- Tissue paper which was printed with a repeat pattern print using white on white.
- Corrugated outer boxes, in a 0427 style, with a litho laminated interior and a white flexo print on the inside.
The finished results support our belief that packaging can, indeed, be a beautiful thing.
Packaging > Vacuum formed mailer.
Production > Vacuum pouch, 80 micron Tyvek, digital print.
Photography > Guy Farrow Photography.
We have new stationery. Of course we do. We’ve just rebranded! Here’s a sharp breakdown of what we’ve featured above for those of you who love to take a closer look at the processes and materials involved.
Production > G.F. Smith, Cranes Lettra Flourescent White, Triplexed Nomad Rough, 80mic Tyvek, One colour litho print, Kurz gloss black raised foil
Partners > Generation press, G.F. Smith papers, Design Project.
Business cards > G.F. Smith Triplexed Nomad Rough, One colour litho print, Kurz gloss black raised foil.
Having worked alongside the incredibly talented guys at Design Project for over ten years now, it comes as no surprise to us that they’ve gone above and beyond all our expectations, once again, with the rebrand of Progress Packaging.
Quoting their take on this project, Design Project said: “Our strategy was to create a new visual identity and position the business as ‘Packaging Partners’ – defining their appeal to buyers, production managers, marketeers and agencies alike. A key aspect of the identity is the ‘progress arrow’, a visual device used to express and articulate the ongoing story of the brand.”
To help us promote the changes we’ve made to our brand, we’ve produced a tote bag for key clients, focusing our ‘Handled With Care’ tag line to show the method and approach that we take during all aspects of our production process.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been putting little teasers out into the blogosphere which have all led to us finally revealing our new Packaging > Partners branding today, and we’ve got to say, even we’re in awe of just how good it now looks out there.
For further information contact > firstname.lastname@example.org
Partners > Enrich
The Story Continues.
Partners > flourish through building strong working relationships.
Approaching production from the inside out – discussing detail and specification with designers or units and logistics with buyers – brings a refined, efficient outcome to packaging. It delivers results that are as remarkable as they are fluid.
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Production > Increase
The Story Continues.
Production > continues to evolve and diversify as new technologies and materials entwine with traditional craft.
Packaging in any form or quantity no longer has limitations but is an enticing opportunity that allows brands to engage and communicate in new ways.
#Packaging Partners #PackagingDesign #CreativeProduction