David Jones celebrates being 'The Home of Christmas for 182 years'

Paige Murphy
By Paige Murphy | 16 November 2020

David Jones is waving goodbye to 2020 and warmly welcoming the festive season with The Home of Christmas for 182 years, a nostalgic Christmas campaign inviting all Australians to celebrate 182 Christmases with the iconic department store.

Founded in 1838, David Jones has seen almost 200 years of Australia’s heritage through its famous windows.

From the perspective of looking out, not in, The Home of Christmas for 182 years, celebrates two centuries of Christmas shoppers peering through the glass, uniting the years with a sense of joy and delight.

Jointly created by The Monkeys and Maud, part of Accenture Interactive, the campaign invites the country to partake on a whistle-stop tour throughout the years – from 1838 to the present day – from the inside of one of its famous Christmas displays.

“David Jones’ annual Christmas windows remain iconic to Australian families across the nation," David Jones general manager marketing communications Georgia Hack says.

“We are incredibly proud to be one of the world’s oldest department stores and to remain as the beating heart of many cities for almost 200 years.

“This has been a trying year for people all over the world, but in partnership with The Monkeys and Maud, we are delighted to bring a little more joy to people’s lives with this year’s Christmas campaign.”

Shot by acclaimed director John Hillcoat of Collider, the campaign film is supported with in-store activations, visual merchandising and the unveiling of this year’s Christmas Windows at David Jones Elizabeth Street.

The Home of Christmas for 182 Years premiered Sunday November 15, 2020, before rolling out nationally across broadcast and digital for six weeks and in the lead up to Christmas.

“While Australians have been gazing in at the changing David Jones windows over all these years, the oldest department store in the world has been watching Australians change too," The Monkeys creative director Barbara Humphries says.

“Through humble beginnings, wartime frugality and baby-boom optimism, what hasn’t changed is the sense of wonder and joy that can be seen on the faces of David Jones visitors at Christmas.

“We wanted to capture that feeling and celebrate the special place the iconic store holds in Australians hearts, no time more so than Christmas.”

Client: David Jones
General Manager, Marketing: Georgia Hack
Senior Brand Manager: Shadiya Nusrat
Marketing: Sohani Forscutt
PR Manager: Prue Webb
Fashion Consultant: Jillian Davison

Agency: The Monkeys and Maud, part of Accenture Interactive
Group CEO: Mark Green
Chief Creative Officer Melbourne: Ant Keogh
Chief Design Officer: David Park
Creative Director - Monkeys: Barbara Humphries

Creative Team: Scott Zuliani & Connor Beaver
Creative Director – Maud: Brianna Ho
Art Director - Maud: Ricky New
Chief Strategy Officer: Fabio Buresti
Senior Planner: Joe Harris
National Head of Production: Romanca Mundrea
Producer: Katie Wellbelove
Head of Content Management: Jaimee Kerr
Content Director: Vicky Mockler
Content Manager: Jessie Roper

ATL Media Strategy and Buy: UM
Digital Media Strategy & Buy: David Jones

Production Company: Collider

Director: John Hillcoat

Executive Producer: Olivia Hantken
Managing Director: Rachael Ford-Davies

Music Composition & Sound Design: Barking Owl

Offline Editor: Kirk Baxtor at Exile
VFX / Post Production: Fin Design + Effects
Executive Visual Effects Producer: Alastair Stephen
VFX Supervisors: Justin Bromley & Stuart White
Producer: Isabelle Howarth
Sound Mix: Sonar

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