LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 31, 2018--GUESS?, Inc. (“GUESS”) (NYSE: GES) and TikTok (“TikTok”) have partnered to launch TikTok’s first branded content in the USA and first fashion branded content globally.

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TikTok, Musical.ly, a short-form video content app which serves as an incubation hub for digital culture, is dominating the social community platform space. In the first quarter of 2018, TikTok was the world’s most downloaded iOS app, according to US research firm Sensor Tower.

In an increasingly visual social media landscape, GUESS and TikTok are bringing fashion content to the Millennials and Gen Z generations through their preferred medium – short-form video. GUESS will be launching the first ever fashion takeover on TikTok on Sept 1, 2018 that will directly lead to the first TikTok promoted hashtag challenge in the US. As each TikTok user opens the app during the GUESS brand flight, they will be directed to the #InMyDenim challenge. The phenomenon of hashtag challenges spreading across the globe are inspiring millions of users to participate organically and enthusiastically in viral call-to-actions whether for a cause or for fun.

GUESS will kick off the #InMyDenim challenge with beloved and popular content creators including @ourfire (2.3M fans), @madison_willow (+983K fans), @jammincammy (+184k fans), and @operamericano (+380k fans) participating in the denim transformation challenge, a take on a native meme from TikTok.

“Discovery and innovation are part of GUESS’ DNA. We are excited to be the first major global brand to partner with TikTok in a truly organic and innovative way,” said Edward Park, SVP of Retail and Digital at GUESS. “These digital natives’ tastes and desires govern the future of social media and culture. A cluttered brand space demands unique, engaging content and integrated participation. Our partnership with TikTok is an exciting evolution within our digital marketing strategy.”

“Trends often originate on TikTok and GUESS is known for being ahead of the trends,” said Matty Lin, Director of Brand Partnerships at TikTok US. “One of the reasons we chose to partner with GUESS for our first ever branded content piece in the US is because they are a well-known international fashion brand that's very recognizable to our users, who are from all over the world. GUESS is very tied into the TikTok audience and we are excited to see how the community jumps on the trend.”

The #InMyDenim hashtag challenge will run from Sept 1, 2018 through Sept 6, 2018 marking the first official launch of TikTok’s US brand partnerships.

About GUESS?, Inc.

Established in 1981, GUESS began as a jeans company and has since successfully grown into a global lifestyle brand. Guess?, Inc. designs, markets, distributes and licenses a lifestyle collection of contemporary apparel, denim, handbags, watches, footwear and other related consumer products. Guess? products are distributed through branded Guess? stores as well as better department and specialty stores around the world. As of August 4, 2018, the Company directly operated 1,061 retail stores in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The Company’s licensees and distributors operated 601 additional retail stores worldwide. As of August 4, 2018, the Company and its licensees and distributors operated in approximately 100 countries worldwide. For more information about the Company, please visit www.guess.com.

About TikTok

TikTok is a destination for short-form mobile videos. Our mission is to capture and present the world's creativity, knowledge, and moments that matter, directly from the mobile phone. TikTok enables everyone to be a creator and encourages users to share their passion and creative expression through their videos. TikTok is based in Los Angeles, with global offices in London, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, Jakarta, Mumbai, and Moscow. In early 2018, TikTok was one of the most downloaded apps in the world. TikTok is available worldwide for iOS and Android. Visit tiktok.com.

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CONTACT: Guess?, Inc.

Kaitlyn Quail

(212) 852-0568

kquail@guess.com

or

TikTok USA

Leah Linder

(727) 643 1134

leahlinder@tiktok.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY INTERNET AUDIO/VIDEO SOCIAL MEDIA TEENS RETAIL COMMUNICATIONS FASHION MARKETING MOBILE ENTERTAINMENT ONLINE CONSUMER

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