PPAI Magazine January 2024

3. Chick-fil-A’s Second Holiday Collection Chick-fil-A’s 2023 holiday collection included plenty of apparel, from holiday sweaters with matching beanies to fresh tees, hoodies and socks. The sweater features a Waffle Fry pattern at the top and “Making a list and chicken it twice” on the hem. The original Chick-fil-A mascot, a cartoon chicken named “Doodles,” also adorns a cap and crewneck sweatshirt. Other new items include a 1,000-piece puzzle and oversized pillow – both in the shape of the brand’s beloved chicken sandwich – as well as a sleeping bag, wearable blanket with hood and cuddly stuffed cow mascot. The collection and online shop are once again powered by New York City-based distributor Harper + Scott (PPAI 626454, D10), No. 39 in the inaugural PPAI 100. Image courtesy of Chick-fil-A 4. McDonald’s x Crocs McDonald’s partnered with Crocs to launch a limited collection of four designs and shoe charms inspired by the fast-food giant’s longtime mascots, including Grimace and the Hamburglar. The McDonald’s Crocs join collabs with KFC and Taco Bell among the shoe retailer’s fast-food wares. But don’t go looking on the Crocs site – they sold out within days and are already posted for sale on the secondary market for nearly twice the price. Image courtesy of Crocs 5. Jimmy John’s Jackets By Starter Sandwich chain Jimmy John’s jumped on the ’90s nostalgia train with a limited-edition jacket by athletic and streetwear brand Starter. Released on November 3 – National Sandwich Day – the half-zip pullover celebrates the brand’s colorway in black with red and white highlights on the shoulders and neck, with the Jimmy John’s logo emblazoned in red on the torso pocket flap. Part of the JJ Clothing Store’s collection benefiting the JJ Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the jacket sold out almost immediately. The items for charity are only a slice of the Jimmy John’s merch on offer. They include a plush blanket and baby swaddle printed like the paper wrap for the chain’s sandwiches, as well as branded joggers, a pickle bucket hat and more. Image courtesy of Jimmy John’s Buzzworthy | Community PPAI • JANUARY 2024 • 89