Luxury Fashion

The 10 brands that won web3 in 2023 🏆

Our fingernails are officially onchain.

2023 was a year of building in web3 — and no shortage of brands got in on the action. 

Across luxury fashion, institutions like Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Maison Margiela reimagined the roadmap for retaining customers through captivating yet accessible content that turned buying products into something more: an enduring digital connection. Others, like beauty platform KIKI World, pushed the limits of blockchain — and fingernails — via web3 communities focused on co-creation and customization. Across the sports field, Manchester United, Red Bull Racing, and the Tampa Bay Rays-owned Rowdies, won through fan programs and sticky experiences that incentivized fan engagement and boosted sales. The list goes on.  

Below are 10 brands who did it right in 2023 — and, in the process, won web3.

How Digital Twin NFTs Create Authenticity for Consumer Brands

Learn how to increase your product lifecycle and create engaging web3 experiences.

Web3 has finally allowed consumer brands to connect with their customers in a decentralized digital arena. 

Brands can meet the growing demand for NFTs and web3 experiences, increase sales, and solidify customer loyalty. But they have to start today before customers find alternative solutions as web3 adoption grows. 

Customers want web3 so they can enjoy digital assets, loyalty points, and communities. Then, they can take these benefits to a metaverse, marketplace, or decentralized app (DApp). 

Thanks to NFT digital twins, the physical and digital world becomes one integrated experience.

We'll define how digital twins fit into your web3 strategy, how they work, and how you can start today.

From the top: Defining NFTs

An NFT or "non-fungible token" is a digital asset recorded on a public decentralized ledger called a blockchain. It can be owned and verified.

These tokens represent art pieces, virtual products, photography, and more. As a result, NFTs have established true digital ownership for the first time in history.

What’s more, brands can utilize NFTs to provide and sell ownership opportunities for customers. 

What is an NFT digital twin?

NFT digital twins help connect a digital asset with a physical product. 

For example, if someone buys a designer purse, they could receive the physical product as well as an NFT digital art version. They can wear the bag physically and share their NFT on social media and in a metaverse. 

Brands like Nike have already jumped in. 

With Cryptokicks, Nike's virtual sneakers, customers can embed themselves in the ultimate web3 experience. They can buy virtual sneakers valued by the popularity of the "skins" or designs. 

Owners redeem physical shoes after purchasing the NFT. Much of it is still developing as innovation moves fast, but they want users to experience the shoes wherever possible (like how they partnered with EA Sports to incorporate the shoes into games). 

In Nike’s case, The Verge reports, “[It] suggested that its virtual apparel could eventually be equipped in video games and ‘other immersive experiences.’” Soon, Nike could add their shoes to EA FC as players play soccer with their NFT merchandise.

None of this is possible without a blockchain connecting physical and digital assets. But as brands unite both realities, they can give customers a fully immersive brand and community experience.

Mojito provides the NFT infrastructure, marketplace, and digital twin technologies required for a successful web3 strategy. 

Key NFT digital twin terms

Tokenization vs. digital twin

A token represents assets or utility on the blockchain. It can become non-fungible (NFT) when it is a unique (one-of-a-kind or serialized) item. While tokens help represent a digital twin, this doesn’t necessarily mean tokens will always have a physical component.

Digital twins are a combination of the two (digital and physical). Owners acquire the physical product and the NFT, which is then recorded on the blockchain.

Virtual worlds

Web3 brings virtual space opportunities where online users can interact with others and communities. Your brand can host their own virtual experience, and customers can also feature your digital products in other virtual worlds. Brands have already experimented with virtual experiences in games like Fortnite and Roblox.

In many ways, it's the virtual embodiment of the web3 customer experience. Users can play games, build spaces, and show off their digital assets. Thanks to blockchain technology, they can bring their items into any virtual world. 

Digital twin NFTs connect physical and virtual realities so users can join different virtual spaces with their items from anywhere.

Web3 Marketplaces: The Next Direct-to-Consumer Frontier

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Customers want a more intimate relationship with the brands they love. Web3 connects the dots with digital ownership, exclusive offers, and community membership. 

Brands have the opportunity to meet customer needs, increase sales, and build their presence on the evolving internet. 

But how can a brand jump into web3? They can meet customer needs with a web3 marketplace. 

Using a white-label solution, brands provide a great experience that meets their high standards, enforces royalties, and fosters a committed, passionate customer base. 

Together, we'll dissect and define the web3 marketplace. Then, we'll dive deeper into how a marketplace works in web3 and some use cases for consumer brands. 

What is a web3 marketplace?

Web3 marketplaces allow users to buy, sell, and trade digital assets peer-to-peer with automated transactions and enforced royalty payments to the brand.

Digital assets can be “digital-only” artwork, avatars/skins, trophies, and/or membership passes, and digital assets can also be “backed” by redeemable physical goods and experiences.

Sometimes they are initially earned or distributed for free by the brand or offered at a price. The vast majority of transactional activity occurs after the primary drop (if they’re in demand by a hungry audience). This means your customers want and need a place to discover available assets, interact with other customers, and ultimately trade. 

Why would brands want to drive this behavior off-platform to a third-party marketplace when they can host a white-label marketplace instead, thus controlling the experience and collecting royalty payments?

Key characteristics of web3 marketplaces 

Web3 marketplaces allow sellers to list their digital assets for a “buy now” price, while potential buyers can make an offer.

Mojito enables brands to accept payments with credit cards or cryptocurrency and facilitates royalty payments to multiple parties automatically and instantly, regardless of payment choice.

When customers make the purchase, a smart contract automatically kicks in to broker the transaction. It is then recorded on the blockchain, updating the asset’s provenance and showing proof of ownership.

Customers use branded digital assets to access special events and exclusive rewards, and to share their love for their brand through profile pictures and community engagement.

It's one of the most exciting new ways to build brand loyalty and increase market reach. As customers continue to adopt web3, brands can meet them right where they are and lead the way.

Web3 marketplaces offer direct engagement with and between fans, a global economy, provable scarcity, and engaging community features. 

Successful examples of third-party marketplaces include OpenSea, Rarible, and SuperRare. But third-party web3 marketplaces operate like Amazon or eBay—with your brand mixed together amongst many others, you have no control over user experience. 

Worse, the leading web3 marketplaces today do not enforce royalties, so trading on these platforms generates no revenue for brands. 

Alternatively, brands can provide customers with a white-label marketplace using Mojito that represents their organization and generates revenue from secondary trading.

The Web3 eCommerce Stack for Premium Customer Experiences

Explore web3 e-commerce. We discuss the benefits and challenges in facilitating premium customer experiences.

Web3 offers incredible opportunities to build brand loyalty, increase revenue, and grow thriving communities. 

As brands build their web3 infrastructure, they must decide what and how to incorporate their eCommerce stack for an experience that supports their brand.

They should consider the following:

1. Is it easy to use?

Web3 eCommerce should be so straightforward that someone unfamiliar with it can start immediately. But it should also be well-equipped to utilize all of web3 for those well-versed in the ecosystem.

2. Does it meet web3's needs?

Your eCommerce platform should accept various cryptocurrencies, integrate with decentralized applications, communicate with blockchain technology, and include the necessary components for a full-solution web3 experience.

The luxury experience doesn’t meet customers halfway—it exceeds expectations. A web3 stack should do the same.

3. Is it safe, secure, and reliable?

Web3 eCommerce stacks should comply with eCommerce business laws and expectations (like AML compliance to protect from fraud). 

If you choose a platform like Mojito, you get a Merchant of Record that safeguards risks and threats from bad actors.

In this article, we’ll cover the transition to web3, how web3 eCommerce is changing the internet, and how you can get started.

Evolution of web2 to web3 eCommerce

The internet changes so fast that it’s hard to remember what it was like before. 

Take web1, for instance. 

It started mainly as an information hub through which you could visit a static site. Then, companies introduced online shopping carts, internet directories like Craigslist or Yahoo! Directory, and eventually, the search engines we know today. But everything was controlled by a few companies. 

It wasn’t until web2 emerged that everyone could participate in their creations and engagement. In the publishing and writing stage of the internet, users could easily blog or share on social media. They used their online community and growing network to fuel their brand and sell. 

All these benefits still lacked a crucial customer need. 

Consumers didn’t like how they depended on platforms and often didn’t own what they purchased (like digital products, where they only had a license or a copy). They wanted digital ownership.

The new solution: Web 3.0

Web3 technologies solve many issues and create a decentralized marketplace with alternative payment methods, investment opportunities, security and privacy, and digital ownership.

For the first time, customers don’t need to depend on a few companies or platforms to dictate their commerce experience. They can buy, collect, sell, and build a community on their terms. Additionally, luxury brands could create the high-quality experience they wanted with no limitations. 

Transitioning to web3 recognizes the “ownership” stage of eCommerce. 

Brands must invest in a web3 eCommerce stack and join up with partners like Mojito to meet these needs, grow their customer base, and build customer loyalty that spreads like wildfire. 

It’s a complex journey for brands on their own. They have to consider the infrastructure and all different types of customers on their web3 journey—whether they’re big users or not, everyone is on a path to web3 as the internet evolves. 

A brand’s eCommerce solution must facilitate Web 2.0 needs for newcomers and those transitioning but also meet the expectations of a fully adopted web3 user (a “Web 2.5” solution).

How can brands leverage an eCommerce stack for all stages? 

It starts with understanding the blockchain factor.

What is web3 eCommerce?

Web1 eCommerce: read stage

Web2 eCommerce: write and publish stage

Web3 eCommerce: ownership stage

Web3 eCommerce is online trade that uses cryptocurrency and the blockchain. It encompasses and facilitates web3 themes like ownership, decentralization, and community. 

When someone purchases a product on your marketplace, let’s say an NFT (non-fungible token or unique ownership of a digital asset), your web3 eCommerce stack conducts the sale and records it on the blockchain.

The blockchain is a verified public ledger that shows digital ownership or onchain activity.

For example, if you decide to sell NFT artwork based on a product line you’ve launched, customers can purchase it through an auction on your marketplace. 

The transaction is recorded when they buy the NFT, and they have proof of ownership. They can keep or sell it in the future on a secondary market (brands can receive royalties with resales). 

Companies can give rewards and exclusive access to events (through “token gating,” a way to prove digital ownership for entry), which can create exciting communities. These loyal customers and members continue to spread the word about the brand, strengthen brand culture, and launch strong momentum for market reach and growth.

Brands can also hold digital events and connect with customers. Or, they can connect digital ownership and eCommerce purchases with real-life events, using the blockchain to verify eligible customers for exclusive access. The potential to build relationships with customers has never been greater.

There are two notable uses of web3 commerce to consider, which we briefly mentioned above:

  • NFT & token-gated commerce: when a brand sells non-fungible tokens, usually tied to artwork, digital collectibles, or general proof of purchase when brands use tokens as a ticket to membership for exclusive events, loyalty points, rewards, and buying opportunities
  • Redeemable commerce: when customers purchase a token they can redeem for something else, typically a physical product or event ticket

The web3 eCommerce industry has also been created to facilitate today’s web2 needs. Customers can buy tokens with credit cards and simple-setup wallets with a platform like Mojito

Brands can also use web2 apps like Discord to build communities while connecting them to onchain activities. When someone purchases a token, they can use it to access these gated communities. 

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Wallets-as-a-Service & Web2.5

Mojito explainer on wallets-as-a-service, offerings in the space, and benefits for brands and consumers.

Recently, wallets-as-a-service startup Magic raised $52mm from PayPal and others. This post breaks down what 'wallets-as-a-service' means, introduces similar solutions in Paper, Crossmint, Sequence, and Coinbase, and how brand and agency leaders should think about this within their broader consumer engagement strategy.

'Wallets-as-a-service' is not about hardware wallets like Ledger for self-sovereign diehards, or self-hosted web wallets like MetaMask that require safely storing a seed phrase offline and paying your own gas. It's not for web3 natives, in other words. It's for onboarding the mainstream!

'Wallets-as-a-service' are one of several emerging technologies that make up the growing 'web2.5' trend in general, which is about making selective decentralization trade-offs in pursuit of a seamless user experience that still delivers on digital ownership and interoperability.

How 'wallets-as-a-service' work, and how brands and consumers benefit

If you've ever tried to set up a web3 wallet, you know how much friction is involved.

Instead of a simple email-password, you are given a 'seed phrase' of random words that you need to write down and store offline for maximum safekeeping. This is how web3 maintains full decentralization: no one but you is capable of gaining access to your account or acting on your behalf. This is great for certain use cases when users are ready to climb the learning curve, but for onboarding new consumers to the space with sometimes free-to-earn digital assets, it's just overkill.

Of course, the opposite of a fully decentralized wallet is a fully custodial wallet: one in which the brand owns, controls, and is liable for the users' wallets and their contents. This approach may be right for some brands (though we at Mojito often question it), but for others looking for a middle ground: 'wallets-as-a-service' was born.

Wallets-as-a-service use an underlying technology called multi-party computation.

Instead of asking consumers to store their own private key with a seed phrase offline, the private key is 'sharded' into three fragments of data, two of which are needed in order to control the wallet. Each is encrypted and authenticated uniquely:

1. Email/SMS -- One fragment is tied to the consumer's email or phone number, and requires proof of ownership through a one-time password like 2FA.

2. Local Device ID -- Another fragment is tied to the consumer's physical device or browser that was used to create the wallet.

3. Vendor Solution -- The third fragment is stored by the wallet-as-a-service provider with a range of security options, some better than others.  

The consumer can operate the wallet with two of the three shards, while the wallet-as-a-service company can never unilaterally gain control.


The consumer is never aware or bothered by any of this. This makes for a seamless wallet experience where users don't pay gas, and brands don't take on unnecessary risk or liability because the wallet is also non-custodial.

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Mojito has met with all of these teams, tried all of their tech, and used multiple in the wild with customers.

  • Magic -- The most well-funded, largest headcount, and longest tenured team, however, also the priciest and most centralized in terms of security.

  • Paper -- The fastest, most secure, and most white-labeled product we tested on the market with the most flexible team and approach to partnerships.

  • Crossmint -- The most b2b2c focused in terms of creating a direct-to-consumer connection with their own brand and family of growing apps.

  • Sequence -- The most gaming focused, and farthest ahead on smart contract wallets (ERC-4337).

  • Coinbase -- Mobile-only 'wallet-as-a-service' right now, but already has one of the best self-hosted wallets with their exchange and on/off-ramps plugged in.

At Mojito, we believe the future of consumer engagement is onchain.

This is important for you to know -- brand and agency leaders -- but consumers should not need to know or understand this any more than 'omnichannel'. That's what web2.5 is all about, and wallets-as-a-service are a helpful piece of that puzzle (dynamic NFTs, too!), which will continue to evolve.

The key thing to solve for isn't your wallet provider. They're largely at parity and easily interchangeable / upgradeable. The key thing is your holistic product offering, which isn't influenced or constrained by your 'wallet-as-a-service' provider, but instead unlocked by use-case solutions like Mojito, which has wallet-as-a-service built right in.

Mojito enables brands to launch end-to-end web3 consumer engagement campaigns including wallets-as-a-service, fiat and crypto payments, free mint and paid drop mechanics, white-label secondary marketplaces, token-gating, and onchain rewards.

With Mojito, you can tailor your brand experiences for mainstream users only, web3-natives only, or both.

As always, we love talking web3 consumer engagement with brand and agency leaders. Whether you're sourcing tech solutions with a clear scope, timeline and budget in mind, or you're just getting started, Mojito can help you every step of the way. Share your contact details and our team will reach out for an exploratory chat. Get in touch.

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Dynamic NFTs: The future of consumer engagement is onchain

Mojito explainer on Dynamic NFTs, brand use cases, and benefits for brands.

NFT ‘metadata’ has mostly consisted of JPGs, GIFs, and MP4s, and the more advanced collections have traits and rarity. Critically, creators haven't changed the metadata, in some cases they even ‘froze’ it to prevent tampering or ‘rugs’ post-mint.

But innovative brand and agency leaders are poking holes in this dogma, and starting to realize what is possible with ‘dynamic metadata’ – updating a consumer's NFT metadata over time. It’s not just about possible new artforms or content, it’s about the fundamentals of how brands and agencies leverage consumer data itself.

“NFTs: your ticket into a brand’s action," wrote MediaMonks Web3 Director Michael Litman.

"We’re entering an ownership era where everyone has a chance to own a piece of the action. This ownership partly lies in NFTs or digital collectibles, which can be many things—an artwork that evolves over time as users get involved, a digital object, and more.”

How will brands and agencies personalize experiences and tailor ads in a future without cookies? How will developers create unified consumer experiences across disparate brand properties or different brands altogether? How can consumers achieve a more elevated digital experience without compromising on privacy?

Dynamic NFTs may be part of the solution. It’s not a consumer-facing term by any means, but it may soon become a key piece of every brand and agency's consumer data and engagement strategy. Here’s an explainer, today’s most helpful use cases, and where we see Dynamic NFTs going at Mojito.

What are Dynamic NFTs?

First it’s worth clarifying: What is an NFT?

An NFT is an unique digital asset owned by a single individual or entity at any given time. This digital asset maintains its own records, too: NFT 'metadata' can reference a near-unlimited amount of content, code, and raw data. When consumers 'connect wallet' to websites or apps, the brand can 'see' what assets they own and 'read' the metadata.

Traditionally, creators ‘froze’ or otherwise swore to never change their NFT metadata after minting. Imagine buying a physical product off the shelf, and by the time you brought it home, the manufacturer had somehow altered it completely, or even somehow ‘deleted’ it. This is why best practice was to never change the metadata: otherwise, consumers couldn't trust its lasting value.

But then some people got creative, and wanted to play with the idea of dynamic onchain art where the work changes over time, and not only that, but changes based on signals it receives from the internet (!!). One of the earliest and most famous examples of this is the Bitcoin Volatility Art by Matt Kane that changes daily based on the past 24 hours of Bitcoin trading activity.

Bitcoin Volatility Art - June 1, 2023

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  • Bitcoin Volatility Art dynamically updates its metadata based on recent market trends, but there's no reason it couldn't be driven by anything else. What offchain sources of engagement data would you wish to capture, reflect or incentivize onchain?

  • Brands and agencies don't necessarily need to do anything other than 'update' the NFT metadata with these touchpoints, and possibly maintain an omnichannel 'consumer profile score'.

  • This would then be 'readable' by any website or app to enable personalized experiences on first-party and third-party platforms. These insights have gotten people in our industry thinking….

LaMelo Ball (NBA) - Dynamic Content

In 2021, NBA star LaMelo Ball sold 10,000 digital collectibles in partnership with Chainlink, a company that specializes in bridging offchain and onchain data, with the premise that if Ball should win the Rookie of the Year award later that season, the collectibles would 'evolve in a more powerful version'. This means dynamically updating its visual appearance as well as its 'rarity', an important aspect of collectibles markets.

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  • Imagine fantasy sports, reality TV, or other 'live data' enhancements driving desirable outcomes in a consumer's chosen collectibles, say, during a prediction or even betting contest. What would be right for you?

Australian Open (tennis) - Dynamic Content & Rewards

In 2022, the Australian Open sold 6,776 digital collectibles called AO ArtBalls in partnership with Hawk-Eye, a company that linked each NFT to a specific area on the court and triggered dynamic updates to corresponding NFT for each match point.

AO Artball 'lucky winners' each earned 'upgraded' NFT artwork, but also free redeemable tickets to the next tournament.

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  • Upgrade the artwork when relevant, sure, but add loyalty points or access to free redeemables dynamically within the same NFT metadata, and the reward is suddenly that much more real and valuable.

gmoney & 9dcc (fashion) - Dynamic Rewards & Community

Crypto-native lifestyle brand 9dcc incentivizes weekend wear amongst its ambassadors through flash mini-games that generate loyalty points and is only playable if you have the NFC-chipped garment nearby (or preferably, on your person).

Founder and CEO gmoney designed these 'network points' to be a dynamic element within the 9dcc ecosystem, stored offchain but tied to each consumer's onchain identity.

"How do you find and incentivize those fervent brand people to become bigger ambassadors? That’s what I’m trying to mess around with." @gmoney

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  • The future of consumer engagement is onchain. But that doesn't mean that literally all the data is onchain, public, transparent and immutable. Here we see gmoney decide to store his network points offchain for privacy but with an onchain reference (i.e. wallet, NFT pass) to leverage within his own platforms or others where he shares permission.

  • This is indicative of a broader trend within web3 called web2.5 (coined by yours truly!). Rather than decentralizing everything, this term refers to applications that blend centralized and decentralized tech in order to achieve a necessary balance between desirable web3 features, a smooth and familiar user experience, and corporate risk management. This is our specialty at Mojito!

What are the brand benefits for Dynamic NFTs today?

You can’t sell consumers a better database. You need to sell applications and benefits instead. So what can brands and agencies offer with Dynamic NFTs today?

  • Onchain Loyalty Points – Distribute fan or membership passes, then increment/decrement their loyalty points ‘in the metadata’ every time they interact with your brand or redeem rewards. Omnichannel, omniplatform, cross-brand. No fungible tokens necessary. Lightest possible legal and operational lift for web3 rewards program.

  • Personalized Token-Gating – Deliver richer experiences and tailored rewards informed not just by token ownership alone, but all relevant engagement data including social, ecommerce, and IRL. Gate websites, apps, games, and events. Generate and distribute additional points at the point of ‘check-in’ for surprise and delight.

  • Memberships/Subscriptions – Sell time-access passes with expiration dates in the metadata. Consumers may keep their passes after expiration for limited access to certain community spaces or re-entry discounts, but to retain access to members-only spaces, they would need to pay a subscription fee or simply ‘buy more time’ on their expiration date. Token-gates would read not just the presence of the pass but the expiration date within its metadata to determine whether to let the user through.

  • Physical x Digital Enhancements – Pair NFC-enabled spaces, objects, and garments with digital rewards schemes to drive IRL engagement and a bridge from geo-constrained, time-limited physical experiences to boundless, timeless digital ecosystems. Making a bit of a comeback, the humble NFC chip delivers a more delightful user experience than QR codes, and is much more technically capable, too, meaning many clever ways to ‘read’ and ‘update’ a user’s NFT metadata through ‘proof of proximity’ engagement campaigns

"Web3 wallets are the new cookies but the difference is that, this time, it belongs to the customer," said Salesforce SVP Marc Mathieu.

"The big difference is that these people are no longer just consumers, they want to be co-creators co-innovators, collaborators, and co-beneficiaries.”

Here's how to get started with Dynamic NFTs for your brand:

  1. Identify 2-5 key engagements you want to track and reward digitally.
  2. Define 1-2 valuable rewards and thresholds for engagement.
  3. Contact Mojito to get it all done, on budget and on time.

As always, we love talking web3 consumer engagement with brand and agency leaders. Whether you're sourcing tech solutions with a clear scope, timeline and budget in mind, or you're just getting started, Mojito can help you every step of the way. Share your contact details and our team will reach out for an exploratory chat. Get in touch.

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Recap | What are Redeemables, great brand examples and build considerations

Mojito explainer on Redeemable NFTs, best use cases & build considerations for brands.

Image credit: RTFKT x Nike Cryptokicks

Here’s an explainer on Redeemable NFTs, today’s most helpful use cases and build considerations based on a number of active projects and exciting conversations with brand leaders at Mojito.

What are Redeemables?

Redeemable NFTs are a digital token that can be exchanged for a physical good or service in the future (e.g. physical items, pre-sales, tickets, merch, physical artwork, special offers, access). Along with RWAs (real-world assets) and asset-backed NFTs, these terms are all used interchangeably, so for the purposes of this explainer, we’ll call them Redeemables.

Redeemables are gaining significant traction as a way for brands to seamlessly tie together physical goods and digital twins, giving the brand enhanced engagement/loyalty opportunities as well as net new revenue streams.

What are the brand benefits of offering Redeemables?

  • 🛍️ Offers consumers tangible value | This makes a digital NFT more attractive to potential primary and secondary buyers because they can at least peg the value of the NFT to something tangible in the real world. 
  • 🖼️ Better liquidity and optionality for consumers | Especially for traditionally illiquid and siloed markets like art, handbags, sneakers, watches, or wine & spirits, NFTs offer brands and buyers more transparency and optionality when buying and reselling. 
  • 💹 Secondary market revenue for brands | Every time the Redeemable NFT (which represents the physical good or service onchain) trades hands, the brand can receive a piece of that sale through a royalty enforced on-platform and possibly beyond. 
  • 💰New revenue streams for brands | Tap royalties from the secondary market. Generate incremental revenue from preorder trading. Incentivize stockpiling with future rewards and benefits.
  • 🧐 Authentication to ensure a premium product experience on the secondary market | Redeemables can also offer authentication assurances to ensure an excellent Brand experience in the primary and secondary. Examples include a Certificate of Authenticity (e.g. Nike Air Force 1s or Ticketmaster tickets), or storage assurance (e.g. temperature, packaging, light for Wine) or insurance certificates (luxury products).  
  • 👀 Open-source visibility of redemption events | When a redemption occurs onchain, one NFT is submitted to the brand and another NFT from a 'redeemed' collection' is received in its place. This method enables distinct clarity between Redeemed and Unredeemed NFTs onchain while retaining the ability to market to users based upon onchain data and assets.

What are some notable use cases? 


Nike’s Cryptokicks are digital collectibles that can be redeemed for their physical counterpart sneakers in a process RTFKT calls ‘Forging.’ During Nike x RTFKT’s Forging events, "holders of eligible digital collectibles can redeem for limited made-to-order physical products. Forging events last for a limited time, so always check for dates and set reminders."

Premium fashion

Cristóbal Balenciaga’s ‘To the Moon’ drop came with redeemables such as Balenciaga gear, gift cards to designer Brands and even the 70-year-old drawings by Cristóbal.

Image credit: Cristóbal Balenciaga 'To The Moon NFT'


Every Australian Open tennis AO ArtBall NFT was redeemable for 2 tickets to the Australian Open tennis grand-slam in 2023.

Premium beverages

Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky launched 200 limited-edition ‘Chinese Lunar New Year NFTs’. Each NFT is linked to a physical bottle of Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Gran Reserva single malt and serves as a digital receipt verifying ownership and authenticity. NFT collectors can hold it, resell on an NFT marketplace, or redeem it for the physical bottle.

Image credit: Glenfiddich Chinese New Year NFT Redeemable

Considerations for creating Redeemables

What happens to the NFT when someone redeems the real-world asset? In short, it depends on how the brand builds it.

A number of options are possible with differing pros and cons, with one winning approach emerging. 

1. 🔥 ‘Burn it’

The NFT is burned when the consumer redeems the physical good or experience. The NFT is no longer functional or ‘owned’ by anyone.

Pros: simplest to execute. campaign is over.

Cons: ‘Burning NFTs’ removes people from your token-holding community, which brands very typically shouldn't want to do.

2. 🛍️ ‘Trade it in’

Consumer sends the NFT to the brand’s treasury wallet, and once received, the brand ships them the physical item. The NFT is now owned by the brand.

Pros: the brand owns the NFT supply and could choose to resell to other holders at a later date.

Cons: the brand loses a valuable customer, the consumer is no-longer invested in the success of the NFT project, only enjoying the lifetime value of the physical item. It signals that the brand sees more value from owning it than the customer does.

3. 📭 'Stamp it’

When the consumer redeems the physical good, the NFT metadata is updated to distinguish [REDEEMED] v [UNREDEEMED].

Pros: Consumers are still invested in the success of the NFT project. Maintaining ongoing onchain continuity is a priority for both the brand and holders.

Brands get access to a secondary market, authentication assurances, new revenue streams and opportunities to create imaginative loyalty tiers that build LTV.

Consumers get to choose whether they claim the physical item. Secondary buyers get access to a liquid open marketplace with assurances the NFT will come with the right to claim the physical item.

Cons: Depending on the secondary marketplace experience, consumers may not be able to decipher between the REDEEMED and UNREDEEMED markets and offerings with this technical method, which can result in buyer regret and negative sentiment from purchases of NFTs where the physical item was already redeemed. This is easily managed by issuing a second token. How? Read on:

Serving up a ‘Stamp it’ example from tennis

To crystallize the ‘Stamp it' concept, we’ll unpack a live brand case study where physical items were linked to the NFT, in this example as ‘tickets’ to a live event.

For any brand leader in another vertical, the ‘tickets’ could easily be interchanged with any physical POS item like premium handbags, sneakers etc. 

NFT Collection 1 

The tennis grand slam event Australian Open launched an NFT project with 6776 NFTs in Collection 1 uniquely numbered #0001 - #6776. The artwork from Collection 1 are tennis balls wrapped with art hence AO ArtBall.

Image credit: Australian Open AO22 ArtBall NFTs

The Redeemables

Every Australian Open NFT from Collection 1 gets to claim 2 tickets to the Australian Open 2023 finals week starting 20th January 2023, for free, redeemed via a simple token-gated experience.

NFT Metadata on Collection 1 was updated

When consumers redeemed their tickets, the NFT metadata was updated to show REDEEMED. The metadata makes up the NFT and is traceable on the blockchain.

Additional NFTs from Collection 2 are issued to holders 

At the same time, for consumers who redeemed the tickets, the Australian Open issued them a new NFT from Collection 2 [CLAIMED], directly to their wallet. Collection 2 NFTsfor example could have different artwork, a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) that provides extra validation that the Ticketmaster tickets are genuine.

Why? This is two-fold

  1. The Brand, Australian Open can isolate which NFTs are associated with [CLAIMED] tickets, distribute tickets to holders via Ticketmaster, track trading data, the floor price of Collection 1 [UNCLAIMED] vs Collection 2 [CLAIMED], reward this new tier of engaged customer i.e. the first claimers of Redeemable tickets, proof of attendance etc; and
  2. Potential secondary NFT buyers on the secondary market can see which NFTs have tickets [UNCLAIMED] from collection 1, make a bid with confidence they have the right to receive the 2 tickets. The COA can travel with the tickets.

Image credit: AO23 ticket Reedemable on AO22 NFT collection

Pre-order visibility

Australian Open can forecast token holder attendance at the stadium gates and revenue holders may spend in the precinct; and has enriched data as to which NFT holders are most likely to attend their live experience. 

Our 0.02 ETH 🍃

We recommend Brands considering adding Redeemables to their loyalty stack issue a second NFT when the physical item is claimed so potential customers can easily distinguish between which NFTs on the secondary have had their physical item claimed. Brands get to track trading data between claimed and unclaimed redeemables and reward a new tier of engaged customers to grow LTV.

The future of Redeemables with Mojito

We’re weeks away from launching a live example of Redeemables, we can’t wait to share with you. If you’re interested in building Redeemables into your loyalty stack? Get in touch

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Trend | NFC-chipped clothing or networked fashion to reinvent the luxury sector

The recent rise of NFC chipped fashion links clothing to NFTs creating authentication, resale, community and engagement

Image credit: Fashion Network

What's the trend?

There's a long list of brands building NFC chipped fashion lines, linked to NFTs.

Recap: Near Field Communication (NFC) allows two devices to connect with each other over short distances like Apple Pay and Google Pay.

The recent rise of NFC chipped fashion links clothing to NFTs creating  authentication, resale, community and engagement opportunities for brands. Providing a certificate of authentication, that's is critical for luxury fashion houses to validate provenance.

Here are some great use cases

👜 LVMH 'Authentique Verify' allows Patou to connect each high-end product to a unique digital fingerprint, verifying the asset as authentic

🧢 NFC chipped 9dcc caps allowed gmoney's community at the real life treasure hunt @NFT.NYC to earn NFTs, personalised POAPs, socialise with the product and interact with the 9dccxyz ecosystem.

👟 The RTFKT x AF1 drop boasts an embedded World Merging NFC Chip so holders can flex their collectibles in digital and physical worlds.

🧘 NFT chipped Moonpay terminals enabled Alo Yoga to distribute free in-store NFT claims of daily affirmations for mental health awareness month

🧥 NFC chipped Wrangler jacket x Jeremy Booth allowed anyone to earn a ‘Concrete Cowboys’ POAP @NFT_NYC

🥼 NFC chipped Cult & Rain hoodies ‘Drop 002’ links to a 3D AR animated DreessX NFT and portal to the brand’s app

🏟️ NFC chipped Endstate Sneakers links to the NFT rewards including tickets to DeVonta Smith hosted event and an Eagles watch party

💍 NFC chipped 18k gold ring ‘Frillz’ by Metaverse Futurist Cathy Hackl links to a certificate of authenticity

🚗 NFC chipped Renault 'Racing Shoe5' provide a 2nd NFT and a certificate of authenticity

Our 0.02ETH 🍃

Luxury brands can better track of their inventory and activate against the entire lifecycle. Meshing NFTs to the clothing brings the consumer closer and invested with their garment for the current and future opportunities.

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