Cardhardt, Converse, Costa and Lululemon Achieve Cult Status

Cardhardt, Converse, Costa and Lululemon Achieve Cult Status

Costa, a Florida-based sunglasses brand, received recognition as one of the top cult-like brands in the world at The Gathering, an annual summit and awards gala held in Banff, Alberta Feb. 3 – 4.

The Gathering recognizes spectacular brand, marketing and consumer loyalty achievements. The exclusive two-day event pays homage to the courageousness of a highly select group of brands, the globally relevant status they’ve established, and their willingness to spill their secrets to more than 700 curious marketing contemporaries hoping to cement their own brand success.

In addition to Costa, other confirmed cult-like brand honorees at the 2016 event included Lululemon, Vice Media, Converse, AirBnB, The Movember Foundation, Carhartt, The Chive, Molson Canadian, Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment and Car2Go.

“After surveying more than 36,000 North American households to quantitatively analyze customer engagement, over 1,000 brand candidates from across the globe have been carefully evaluated against 18 criteria by our member organizations,” said Sheldon Lachambre, managing director of The Gathering.

Past brand honorees have included The Ultimate Fighting Championship, Tim Horton’s, Disney Channels, Dallas Cowboys, Nintendo, Patrón Tequila, Cirque du Soleil, GoodLife Fitness, Sport Chek, Harley-Davidson, The National Hockey League, Madden (EA Sports), Saskatchewan Roughriders, Red Bull, GoPro, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority and Urban Outfitters.

“As evidenced by significant endeavors, such as Kick Plastic, GEOBASS, Bluefin on the Line, its OCEARCH partnership, Watery Rave, and Project Guyana, we felt Costa is a poster child for achieving cult status through a strong corporate ethos and remarkably pervasive brand touch points, such as a producing a Sundance Film Festival award winning movie, its partnership with Kenny Chesney, and relationships with numerous conservation groups,” said Lachambre.

“It’s certainly an honor to be recognized as one of the top cult brands in the world,” said Al Perkinson, vice president of marketing for Costa. “We’d like to include thanks to our loyal fan base as part of this achievement – they’re the ones who’ve helped to shape our story and shared our conservation message around the world. We look forward to sharing our success with them in the years to come.”