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Bindery Creates New Campaign for Bombas Starring Dan Marino


NYC-based indie film & content studio Bindery is behind a new, pun-filled campaign for sock company Bombas starring Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino.

The broadcast and digital/social effort touts the DTC brand's super comfortable Merino Wool socks - just in time for football season and colder weather. 

In the :30 spot, titled “Best Damn Merinos,” confusion breaks out in a locker room after a man repeatedly declares that his Bombas Merino Wool socks are so comfortable, they really are “the best damn merinos.” The problem is that everyone thinks he’s referring to Dan Marino. 

The payoff comes at the end of spot when Dan Marino himself appears with a tongue in cheek product plug. “Some might say they’re best damn merinos,” he says. “Not to be confused with me, the best Dan Marino.”

In addition to the :30 spot, the campaign also includes a :60 and two :15’s. 

For every pair of socks it sells, Bombas donates a pair to a homeless shelter - where socks are the #1 most requested item. Bombas recently celebrated its 20 millionth pair donated. 

CREDITS

Client: Bombas
Campaign Title: Best Damn Merinos
Creative/Production/Post: Bindery
Founder: Greg Beauchamp
Executive Producer: Carter Collins
Producer: Drew Toresco
Director: Jeff Chan
Director of Photography: Greg Wilson
Head of Post Production: Jen Gothard
Editor: Matt Dunne
Color: Company 3
Senior Colorist: Tim Masick 
Sound Mix: One Thousand Birds 

Bombas:
Co-Founder, Chief Brand Officer: Randy GoldbergCo-Founder, Creative Director: Aaron WolkCopywriter: Sam BartosVP, Content: Jessica KrantzVP, Partnerships and Communications: Emily Hoffsetter

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Johnson states, “We started PJA Advertising to specialize in healthcare and technology and I sometimes asked what do new technologies, life science innovations, and gang members have in common? They are not easy to sell to the public."

However, the name "Uncornered" has drawn national attention to College Bound Dorchester’s first- in-the-nation 'corner-to-college' solution that pays gang members $400 per week to go to college, get a degree, stay in the community, earn a living wage, and become positive (rather than negative) role models in Boston’s most violent streets.

PJA brought this branding to life with the Uncornered Photo Documentary Exhibit, which was on display on Boston Common this past summer and is expected to move to Boston’s City Hall and the University of Massachusetts / Boston later this year.

It paired striking photos of famous and unknown people by Boston photographer John Huet with stories about a time when participants found themselves cornered by racism, a traumatic event, or low expectations and what happened to get them to turn things around and become ‘uncornered’.

Uncornered Students Share Their Stories


Brittany Baldwin, Boston Uncornered Student 
After months of neglecting my health and abusing drugs and alcohol I caught pneumonia and fell into a coma. Within six months of coming out, I lost two of the most important people in my life, my boyfriend and my mother. Losing them was my Uncornered moment. When you lose everything you love, you have to find something to fight for. So I fight for my children who keep me grounded.

Alex Diaz, Boston Uncornered Student
I didn’t care if I lived or died. I went to prison and missed the birth of my first-born daughter. When I got, out, I promised to never miss another day of her life. My daughter saved me from myself, my daughter UNCORNERED me.

Quaknesha Garvin Johnson, Boston Uncornered Student 
I grew up seeing my family members and friends being incarcerated and not understanding why. By my second arrest I was facing 20 years and had almost given up, until I heard the quote “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” That began my UNCORNERED journey.

Mark Culliton, Founder and CEO, College Bound Dorchester
I was living in San Francisco, lost and had forgotten who I was. My father got very sick and I came back to be with him. In those last months together he reminded me of who I was and all that was possible. His path to dying UNCORNERED me.


ABOUT COLLEGE BOUND DORCHESTER
Founded in 2009, College Bound Dorchester is a Boston nonprofit using education to end systemic generational urban poverty and violence through its Uncornered solution to quip young people with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college, focusing on engaging gang-involved youth to become positive leaders in their community.

ABOUT PJA
PJA is a $75 million advertising and marketing agency with offices in Cambridge, Mass. and San Francisco, Calif. PJA serves a global roster of technology, life science and healthcare clients that includes: GE Healthcare, PAREXEL, Patheon, Molecular Health, Xylem, and Aprecia. For more information, visit agencypja.com.


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