Tiktauli de Corps: A Branding Dilemma
In July 2018, the chief executive officer of Tiktauli De Corps (TDC) was thinking about the branding strategy of the company. Founded in India in August 2012 as a casual wear apparel brand, TDC had grown rapidly. The company featured three main business lines: electronic dance music fashion apparel and accessories; sports gear; and affordable fashion wear. The company had adopted a house of brands strategy for its three brands: TDC, Fieldgear, and Koolho. After six years, one of the three brands had started generating profits, but none had achieved recognition outside a niche circle. However, confident that the various brands were aligned with TDC's vision, and encouraged by the company's success, the chief executive officer was considering expanding into international markets. Because of limited access to funds, synergy among the company's house brands, and the impact of macro-environmental factors on his growth plans, he had to choose the best branding strategy for the company's future. Jones Mathew is affiliated with Great Lakes Institute of Management. Banasree Dey is affiliated with Jaipuria Institute of Management. Sandeep Puri is affiliated with Asian Institute of Management.