International Brand

 Hello Kitty brand celebrates five decades, Sanrio gears up to bring Kawaii to India

Beny Sachdeva
Beny Sachdeva Jun 10, 2024 - 2 min read
 Hello Kitty brand celebrates five decades, Sanrio gears up to bring Kawaii to India image
Sanrio makes Hello Kitty larger than life and India the next Kawaii culture destination

 Hello Kitty, one of the world’s most iconic Japanese brands, celebrates the 50th anniversary in 2024.The  brand has become one of the most beloved and an undisputed pop icon in the world. As part of the celebrations, parent company Sanrio has an array of grand plans for the Indian market.  With Hello Kitty being the very epitome of Kawaii culture, Sanrio is making India centre-stage  for Hello Kitty  and  is taking the Kawaii culture craze to the next level.

Hello Kitty has been a part of Indian subculture, with very high brand recognition not only as fashion and lifestyle icon, but she crosses all generations to embrace younger kids with a wide array of products from toys to apparel or stationery. Kawaii, a Japanese term that loosely translates to cute and adorable, is a fashion trend that originated in the 70s. Its aesthetic is marked by playfulness, simplicity, innocence and Hello Kitty with her cuteness and sweetness with the red bow on her left ear and no mouth is one of the most recognizable symbols of kawaii culture globally. Pastel colours, playful designs, bows and adorable friends make Hello Kitty a universal symbol of Kawaii. Hello Kitty champions the values of kindness, positivity and friendship, making her the perfect brand ambassador for Gen Z, Gen Alpha and Millennials, who hold the same values dear.

With Hello Kitty marking its historic 50th anniversary, Sanrio and Dream Theatre, the agent that represents Sanrio brand in the Indian market, are gearing up to spread the magic of Hello Kitty and Kawaii on a mammoth scale never seen before in India. Sanrio has been working towards creating a strong, licensing programme for Hello Kitty that cuts across generations and speaks to kids, teens and young women to create not just a consumer products programme, but a deeper India relationship for growing the brand  and have multiple touch points and experiences across content, social media, ground events and strategic partnerships with leading brands and retailers.

Talking about the exciting plans ahead, Silvia Figini, Chief Operating Officer Sanrio GmbH– EMEA, India and Oceania and Mr Men – Worldwide, said, “Hello Kitty is in the forefront of Sanrio’s global licensing business and in its 50th year, its stronger than ever in our leading markets of Japan, Europe and the US.  Our collaborations in fashion and lifestyle with international brands and celebrities makes Hello Kitty one of the most fashionable global IPs  and our values of kindness, friendship and cuteness makes us resonate with fans of all ages. We are excited to bring the world of Hello Kitty now to India and with our India focus create meaningful relationships with partners and fans here.”


Subscribe Newsletter
Submit your email address to receive the latest updates on news & host of opportunities
Franchise india Insights
The Franchising World Magazine

For hassle-free instant subscription, just give your number and email id and our customer care agent will get in touch with you

or Click here to Subscribe Online

Newsletter Signup

Share your email address to get latest update from the industry