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5&Vine is your Toronto Creative Agency.

Strengthen your brand to deepen connections with customers and accelerate growth.

At 5&Vine, brand is at the core of everything we do. Whether you’re creating something new or reimagining something old, we’ll craft a brand for you that will kick ass and take names.

We will leverage 5&Vine’s Challenger Brand Framework to define your market, solidify your brand positioning, and architect a messaging strategy that sets your brand up for growth.

With the foundation in place, we will launch your brand with a compelling name, world-class visual identity, and a marketing and communications strategy focused on long-term sustainable growth. And of course, we create the assets that strengthen every brand touchpoint: brand manual, website, stationary, digital and print creative, animations, video and more.

“5&Vine was instrumental in transforming our brand into a Challenger with a strong sense of purpose. With a new name and brand, we are now standing out from established players, gaining recognition among target audience, and accelerating costume growth. The impact has been incredible!”

– Jonah Chininga, Founder & CEO

5&Vine’s Branding Agency Services

Fueled by experience, intuition, and research, 5&Vine is your team of creative brand strategists and visual designers you wish that you had in-house – but don’t.

Strategic Messaging & Brand Narrative

We are your partner in uncovering and articulating an authentic brand positioning, value proposition, and narrative that is rooted in a deep understanding of your business, customer, competitors, and the category. This fundamental work will shape how your company talks and acts, not just in marketing but throughout the entire brand.

We will start with the fundamental work that shapes how your company talks and acts, not just in marketing but throughout the entire brand.

We will identify and craft a powerful new name that aligns with your evolved strategic messaging and brand narrative.


We will identify and craft a powerful new name that aligns with your evolved strategic messaging and brand narrative. Our engagement will start with a focus on the emotional: What thoughts, feelings, and characteristics is your brand meant to convey? Then we’ll move to the technical: What languages, trademarks, and domain requirements are most important to ground our work? We will then dig deep into research following our mapped criteria, and presenting our recommended names, the meaning behind them, and available URLs within your budget.

Visual Identity Design

Our design team will craft a vibrant brand identity to complement your name. We will start by understanding and mapping the logos, color schemes, and visuals of your competitors to identify their commonalities and differences, to ensure we’re crafting a brand that stands out. We’ll also look at how their symbolism connects to the category and their value proposition. We will create your brand’s unique color palette, logo, typography, and icons that reinforce a deep connection to your company’s mission, and ensure we craft a logo that works beautifully across the physical and digital use cases relevant to your business.

We will create your brand’s unique color palette, logo, typography, and icons that reinforce a deep connection to your company’s mission.

We will define the rules and standards that communicate how your brand should be represented clearly, consistently, and proudly in the world.

Brand Guidelines & Collateral

Newly crafted brands are codified in a manual that sets the team up for success. We will define the rules and standards that communicate how your brand should be represented clearly, consistently, and proudly in the world. These standards will detail your font and logo rules, as well as important notes about the company’s voice, tone, and messaging, shared as a beautiful digital booklet.

We also create the print- and presentation- ready physical items that make your brand real – business cards, pitch decks, stationary, and swag.

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Naming and
Branding FAQs with
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Creative agencies offer a spectrum of services to help businesses craft and refine their brand identities including branding strategy, naming & domain selection, visual identity design, marketing materials & content creation, and more.

At 5&Vine, we fuse creativity with strategy, ensuring that your brand not only stands out but also aligns seamlessly with your business goals.

The distinction between creative and marketing agencies lies in their core focus. Creative agencies specialize in the artistic elements of branding services, such as design, storytelling, and crafting a visual identity. On the other hand, marketing agencies focus on the marketing strategy, including market analysis, social media marketing, and digital strategies.

At 5&Vine, we bridge the gap between creative and strategic domains. Our team excels in both the creative and strategic realms, ensuring that your campaigns not only captivate your audience but also deliver results deeply rooted in a strategic foundation.

Branding and design play a pivotal role in driving growth. As a top creative agency, we are well positioned as collaborators because of the following:

1) Expertise: Creative agencies bring specialized skills and knowledge to the table, encompassing design, branding, storytelling, and user experience. At 5&Vine, our expertise is strategic storytelling, crafting narratives that resonate and designs that leave a lasting impression.

2) Fresh Perspectives: Sometimes creativity requires distance from the problem (we know, we experience it too). A creative agency comes in with limited knowledge of the problem or internal biases, enabling a new perspective.

3) Integrated Solutions: Often there is not enough budget for in-house expertise in all the functions of marketing. Creative agencies offer end-to-end solutions by harmonizing creative thinking with strategic planning. This approach results in a cohesive brand identity and campaigns that are not only visually stunning but also deeply aligned with your business objectives.

4) Time and Cost Efficiency: Working with a creative agency can provide an external perspective to make the best use of time and budget by streamlining processes, reducing the need for multiple vendors, and executing campaigns efficiently.

We exist because we believe in an evolved form of capitalism where business is aligned with the long-term health of society and the planet. Our mission is to enable a new breed of startups to challenge the incumbents that perpetuate the status quo and be better – for the customers they serve, the employees that make that possible, the communities they are a part of, and the planet we all inhabit. The world needs more from us, now. And we’ve committed to passionately direct our talent in branding and strategy to create a more just and sustainable world for us all.

At 5&Vine, our expertise is strategic storytelling, whether that’s through a brand name, story or visual aesthetic. We have collaborated with many startups to create impactful brands including Woveo, Stellar, Answerable, Compliance Works, Trove, Bright Breaks, Commonly and more.

Explore our portfolio or reach out if you’re curious about our experience in a particular sector or service.

Our naming process involves a deep exploration of your brand’s values, vision, and unique selling proposition. We conduct extensive research, brainstorming, and analysis to develop powerful names that encapsulate the essence of your brand.

To get rooted in your unique value proposition we ask questions like:

  • What is the essential value the brand provides and how is it improving the lives of its stakeholders and impacting the world in a positive way?
  • Who are your target customers? Where in their hierarchy of needs does the brand fit?
  • What are the moments of truth that reveal the severity of the problem that you solve?
  • What do potential customers love and hate about their current solutions? How will we address their pain points and in what ways are we also vulnerable to the same issues?

We also ask about any specific criteria like language compatibility, syllable constraints, domain name preferences and geographic operations.

Once we understand the brand and criteria we explore and recommend naming possibilities that we feel fit your business best alongside a rationale for each. We are responsible for a preliminary viability check but encourage legal counsel for final validation.

The timeline for a naming project completely depends on the scope of work. However, on average, it takes between four to six weeks to develop a robust brand identity that captures the essence of your business and connects with your audience.

Absolutely! We’ve worked with clients to research, qualify, and secure domain names that customers remember intuitively to help drive traffic to your new website. You will always retain full ownership over your domain.

We work with clients of various stages from startups to Fortune 500 in the following industries: Fashion, Fintech, Food & Beverage, Medtech, Proptech, Retail, SaaS, Smarthome, Subscription and Sustainability. Explore our work.

We’d love to talk about your branding goals and share an estimate for our partnership. Please reach out via the Contact Us form and our CMO Rahul will be in touch within three business days.

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