Joya de Nicaragua Clásico is the very first cigar imported from Nicaragua, and the only brand to have ever been officially recognized as the country’s national cigar.
On the verge of its 50th anniversary, the company decided to revamp the visual identity and packaging of its original and most well-known brand. Joya de Nicaragua Clásico is the longest standing and most widely distributed cigar brand in JDN’s portfolio, its best selling cigar in the European market and currently available in more than 50 markets around the world.
We did a revamp to make the product more attractive, add value to it and improve its display in retail spaces. We defined a set of finishes with a specialized supplier in Holland, this included three-dimensional enhancements, foil inks, gold dust, and set of varnishes and textures. We also optimized the factory's inventory management by covering 16 packaging sizes with a system of only two sizes of labels, instead of the 16 different sets that were previously required.
The main logo was simplified and modernized, the typography updated and the main symbol of the brand was incorporated to match the overall aesthetics. The 'coat-of-arms' was reinterpreted to include new Nicaraguan icons, but maintaining its most relevant elements and vintage look. The overall composition was simplified to optimize its reproduction.
The inside label shows a painting of a tobacco field in the Valley of Estelí, which is where the history of the brand began. The human, artisan and artful side of the brand is also portrayed, with the on-duty tobacco growers on the front. On the background, you’ll see the curing barns and the “malinche” trees with their vibrant red flowers, an iconic ornament present at JDN's factory, too.
This is the only brand to feature JDN’s vintage ‘coat-of-arms’ as the main logo, depicted on the top part of the box and its inside label. It's meticulous in composition and finishes; with beautiful hand-made 3D embossings, golden and foil inks and a combination of varnishes which add depth and make the painting almost come to life.
© Madre Consulting - 2017
Creative Director: Carlos Zúñiga.
Graphic Design: Carlos Zúñiga, Franco GonzálezInti Ruíz, Melina Rodriguez.
Illustration: Krisztian Tejfel.
Photos: Otto Mejía.
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