‘Hrithik Roshan’ Joins hands with Exceed and The Wild East Group to Launch New Clothing Brand, HRx – Push Your Extreme
Hrithik Roshan has earned himself much critical acclaim during his acting tenure. He has also become a notable brand ambassador for international brands such as RADO and Mountain Dew. He is one of only a few Indian actors to have his waxwork at the world-famous Madame Tussauds in London – he is the most kissed wax statue.
In a deal set to revolutionise the celebrity brand licensing space, Hrithik Roshan has tied-up with multi-platform entertainment management company Exceed and business development and brand extension agency, The Wild East Group, to launch an initiative pillared around fitness and fashion – ‘HRx – Push Your Extreme’, representing India’s first celebrity brand extension project of this stature and the establishment of an active and sports inspired casual wear market in India.
Afsar Zaidi, Founder & Managing Director of Exceed, a company that began as a consolidated talent agency promoting the international profile of stars such as Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan and Bipasha Basu before diversifying into live event management, sports hospitality, licensing and merchandising, entertainment projects and creating business ventures for artists, together with Sid Shah of The Wild East Group, focused on building new businesses for iconic brands such as Playboy, Times of India, Paul Frank, and Kolkata Knight Riders, conceptualised and launched Hrithik Roshan’s active lifestyle apparel and casual wear brand HRx, which will be sold and manufactured exclusively by Myntra.com, a leading e-commerce platforms in India for fashion and lifestyle products.
Signifying the exquisiteness, the brand logo is inspired by Hrithik Roshan’s initials ‘HR’ and ‘X’ implies the ‘extreme’ touch which has been given to the clothing range. HRx epitomises fashion, fitness and flair, which the stylish and suave Hrithik Roshan is known for,across the globe. HRx together also represents an extreme state of mind that inspires one to be the best version of themselves. The lightweight product range includes comfortable casuals
Speaking about the launch of HRx, Afsar Zaidi, Founder and Managing Director of Exceed, said: ‘We are thrilled to be pairing withHrithik Roshan on the launch of his new clothing brand HRx. Exceed together with The Wild East Group have been at the forefront of driving forward the brand creation, strategy and development of Hrithik’s new brand and initiative, which will be centered around fitness and fashion. We have worked in partnership with Hrithik all the way through and all involved are very happy with the end results. We have started off with the active and casual wear apparel market and HRx will be diversifying into other areas that lend to the Brand DNA and its motto of Push Your Extreme.
The men’s apparel market size in India is estimated at circa $32 billion USD with the sports and active wear market size being circa $1.2 Billion USD, experiencing a year on year growth of circa 35%. Currently four international brands control 80% of the market share however HRx has the potential to tap a fast growing market segment, its unique selling point being its design and pricing to make the brand aspirational yet affordable for the masses.
The HRx range has something to suit every taste, and combines film star chic with versatility and affordability. These are just some of the reasons why HRx has the potential to attain a market share.’
Bringing a combination of eclectic style and extreme passion, the HRx brand aims to reach out to the masses with the admirable objective of inspiring people to be the very best that they can be, and to conquer new heights every day. To further extend the brand philosophy of HRx, plans are underway to spread awareness about fitness and well-being through a range of grass-root campaigning and synergies such as with schools, government bodies and other institutions.
Afsar Zaidi added: “Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives will also be introduced, forging partnerships with various charitable institutions across India to ensure the HRx product range reaches individuals who reside in impoverished areas of the country.”
HRx marks the second prominent initiative by Exceed in the merchandising and licensing space in India, the first being the model devised for India’s highest box office earner Krrish 3 in association with Dream Theatre. Ten different licensees were granted across various product categories, a first for any Indian film.
Exceed team has successfully managed the profiles for Bollywood superstars such as Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan, Bipasha Basu, Shilpa Shetty, amongst others, for a period across nine years. Exceed has also established a firm presence in the live events industry, spanning film, music, fashion and sport, in addition to pioneering sports hospitality services, which started with the Indian Premier League (‘IPL’). One major area of development has been the launch of merchandising and licensing deals. The multi-disciplinary team features domain experts as Afsar Zaidi, Founder and Managing Director of Exceed, Uday Singh Gauri, CEO and Kamal Punwani, CFO and Corporate Development Head.