On Saturday 1 January 1972, Franklin Loufrani wanted to spread a little happiness in a time when bad news seemed to prevail. On that New Year’s Day, French newspaper France Soir printed the now iconic smiley logo to highlight good news stories. Before long, the promotion gained traction and an icon and brand was born. The Smiley Company is today one of the TOP150 licensing Companies in the world, with over 230 licensees globally generating annual turnover at retail in excess of $200 million and selling more than 13 million products year round. The Smiley trademark is registered in over 100 countries and in more than 12 product categories and according to a recent Toluna survey has 97% recognition across the world as a symbol of positivity.
Find out more about Franklin and Nicolas Loufrani and how they turned a simple campaign to promote happiness in newspapers into a $200 million a year business.
Having spent over 5 decades in senior positions in the licensing industry, Franklin was responsible for launching licensing programs for: Babar The Elephant, Batman, Scooby Doo & Superman. In 1972 Loufrani became the first person to legally trademark the Smiley face & is today President of The Smiley Company.
The creative force behind The Smiley Company, Nicolas gained global recognition for creating the world’s first graphic emoticons. With over 20 years experience in the fashion and licensing industries, he has overseen the transformation of Smiley into the most complete lifestyle brand in the licensing industry today.
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