And the winner of “Black & Gold 2015″ is…

As we continue to do contests, our contest format changes ever so slightly. For the longest time, we found success with getting feedback from individual posts on Facebook. Recently, however, Facebook changed their algorithm, and far fewer people are even seeing the designs, so we aren’t getting the feedback we used to get. We’ve since discovered that more people are interacting with us via Instagram, even though we have fewer followers than on Facebook, so we are posting more and more on that medium. If you don’t already follow us on Instagram, check us out at @StoryvilleApparel. Regardless of media used to get feedback on the contests, the winner is always still a combination of social media and Storyville staff voting.

Now let’s get down to business. Congratulations to Christopher Murphy, who won the top prize for his “New Orleans vs. Everybody” design. We thought this was a simple (in a good way), witty design, especially one that would look great on a tee. This is Christopher’s fifth Top 5 finish and second Grand Prize win.

Coming in second was “Stay Gold, New Orleans” by Tara Schwaner. This is another design that would translate perfectly into a tee shirt. This is Tara’s first Top 5 finish, and her first-ever Storyville design contest entry.

Third place goes to Blaze Amber and Victor Betancourt for “Second Lining to the Dome.” This design was one of the more popular ones on social media for this contest. This is Victor’s second Top 5 finish.

Julia Lavigne won fourth place for “#BlackandGold” and fifth place goes to Ali Becnel Solino for “The Black and Gold Standard.” This is Julia’s fourth and Ali’s eleventh (!) Top 5 finish.

Honorable Mention goes to Christy Gonzalez for “Straight Outta NOLA.” Christy has been in the Top 5 eleven times.

Ready for what’s next? Can you stand right up and ROAR? “Geaux Tigers 2015” is our next tee shirt design contest. “Geaux Tigers 2015″ is an officially-licensed LSU design contest, and each design must be approved by not only Storyville, but also by LSU. Beginning with this contest, we’ll need at least 20 approved entries or the contest submissions period will automatically be extended for a week. We’ll begin accepting submissions on August 17, and the contest ends August 30. We’ll announce a winner on September 4. Good luck!

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And the winner of “50 Freestyle” is…

One of the biggest challenges with our design contests is deciding which designs would look best on a tee shirt. So often we get amazing designs that clearly show a very high skill level, but they just wouldn’t sell on a tee shirt. And in the end, that’s what we have to find — designs that will sell on tees. Often it’s the simple designs that convey a message quickly that people want to buy and wear. We’ve learned a lot over the past 50 design contests — what sells, what doesn’t, with the occasional design that goes completely viral — and we hope that we’ll continue to reward the best tee shirt designs in the coming years.

This contest was a little different than usual — the winning pot was based on how many entries we received, and we also gave out 2nd and 3rd place prizes. Because we hit 50 total approved entries, the pot made it to its maximum amount: a $1,300 grand prize, a $700 2nd place prize and a $500 3rd place prize.

Congratulations to Christy Gonzalez, who won the top prize for her “Crescent City” design. This design is perfect for a tee shirt, and it is something that both locals and tourists alike would love to sport on a cool baseball tee. This is Christy’s fourth grand-prize win, and eleventh Top-5 finish.

Coming in second (and winning $700) was “What Do You See?” by Chase Guillory. We loved the 3-D effect of this design. This is Chase’s second Top 5 finish.

Third place (and $500) goes to Ryan Keane for “Orleans Parish.” This clever design was a favorite on Facebook, receiving a lot of likes and shares. This is Ryan’s third Top 5 finish.

Matthew Phelan won fourth place for “Attack of the Average-Sized Cockroaches” and fifth place goes to John Jarosz for “St. Charles to Canal.” This is Matthew’s fifth and John’s first Top 5 finish.

Honorable Mention goes to Lane Grigas for “Shotgun.” This is Lane’s fourth Honorable Mention, and she’s been in the Top 5 once before.

We are still figuring out the dates for the next two contests, which are coming up very soon. However, they are often two of the most popular contests of the year, so start getting your designs ready! The first one will be “Black and Gold 2015,” and the next one will be “Geaux Tigers 2015.” The latter is an officially-licensed LSU design contest, and each design must be approved by not only Storyville, but also by LSU. We’ll announce the dates for these two contests soon, so stay tuned!

“50 Freestyle” Design Contest Results Coming Fri, 7/10

We still have a slew of design contest entries to post on Facebook for feedback, so we need one more week before we’ll be able to announce the results of our 50th design contest. We want to make sure that all approved designs get a chance to shine and that our staff has enough time to evaluate all entries. Sorry for the delay, but check back for contest results one week from today. Happy Independence Day weekend!

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And the winner of “New Orleans Neighborhoods” is…

Although we didn’t get a ton of contest entries for this contest, they were some of the best designs we’ve seen in a while. The Top 9 were all super solid entries, so it was pretty difficult to choose a winner and then rank the designs. We hope to bring many of these designs to our shelves in the next few weeks.

Hangin’ in the Treme, watching people sashay. Matt Phelan finally takes the top prize after submitting some very strong entries in previous contests. Congratulations to Matt for his winning design, “Treme.” The design is simple, but so visually interesting (and actually pretty complicated). The colors are fantastic. It was also a huge favorite on Facebook and among Storyville staff. This is Matt’s first Grand Prize and fourth Top 5 finish.

Coming in second was “Mid-City: The Heart of New Orleans” by Julia Lavigne. We just love Julia’s hand-drawn style and whimsy. This is Julia’s third Top 5 finish.

Third place goes to James Michael Cox for “Mid-City.” Mid-City is such a happenin’ place, of course we need two different designs. This was James’ first-ever Storyville design contest, and first Top 5 finish.

Chase Guillory won fourth place for “Streetcar it Uptown” and fifth place goes to Julia Lavigne for “Lakeview.” This is Chase’s first and Julia’s fourth Top 5 finish.

Honorable Mention goes to Doug Koslosky for “We are New Orleans.” This is Doug’s second-ever Storyville design contest, and first Honorable Mention. Doug’s design got some of the best response of all of the designs on social media.

We are celebrating our next contest — big number 50! – with a wide-open theme and our biggest prize pot ever! “50 Freestyle” means you can design whatever you want. Got an idea that has been brewing for a while, but it never fit into any contest themes? Now is your chance! The prize pot will increase based on the number of approved entries, and there will be second- and third-prize winners as well. We will accept submissions for a three week period since this contest will be so BIG! Entries will be accepted June 1 through June 21 We’ll announce the winner on Friday, June 26. Good luck!

Crawfish Tees only $12!

Our latest, online-only $12 Flash Sale is live (unlike the crawfish that we plan to eat this weekend). The Flash Sale runs through Tuesday, April 21 at Midnight. Please allow two weeks for your order to ship. Click here to see the big sale.

And the winner of “Crawfish!” is…

After entering numerous contests with some amazing designs, Chris Gianelloni finally takes the top prize. Congratulations to Chris for his winning design, “Crawfish in Louisiana.” Sure, we (and others) have a few Louisiana-shaped designs. But the key reason that Chris’ design won (whereas normally, a generic Louisiana might not win) is because the level of detail and precision in this design is pretty amazing. Based on the Facebook response, I think many people agree with our love for this design. Chris has entered some incredible designs, and this one was in the sweet spot — simple enough for a tee, yet still visually interesting and quite complicated to do well. This is Chris’ first Grand Prize and fifth Top 5 finish.

Coming in second was “It’s Crawfish Season!” by Christopher Murphy. We love the whimsical style that Christopher brings to his hand-drawn art. This is Christopher’s fourth Top 5 finish.

Third place goes to Stephen Feehily for “The Other Guys.” This was another Facebook favorite — Stephen’s idea was truly unique and witty. The art and the idea were solid, but we aren’t sure if people would “get” the shirt out of context (if they just saw it sitting on a shelf). However, it’s awesome, so it scored a third-place finish. This was Stephen’s eighth Top 5 finish.

Matt Phelan won fourth place for “Crawfleur” and fifth place goes to Keith Heidel for “Louisiana Crawfish.” This is Matt’s third and Keith’s first Top 5 finish.

Honorable Mention goes to Matt Phelan for “Born to Boil.” This is Matt’s first Honorable Mention, but as mentioned above, he has been in the Top 5 three times.

Here’s something new: We don’t yet know the theme for the next contest. Got any ideas? Let us know. We’ll announce something soon, and the winner will receive $1000. We will accept submissions for our yet-to-be-determined contest from April 20 through May 3. We’ll announce the winner on Friday, May 8. Good luck!

And the winner of “I Heart City Park” is…

We seem to be saying this a lot lately, but this may have been our best design contest ever. Narrowing the designs down to the Top 9, and then the Top 5 (and picking a winner), was very challenging. Any one of these designs could have won the contest. We even had to leave some really great designs out of the Top 9. Obviously, City Park inspires a lot of people in the same way that it inspires us. Ten percent of sales from any of the tees generated from this contest will go to Friends of City Park. This was an extremely close contest, so we hope to bring many of these designs to our shelves and help raise some money for our magical, beautiful park.

Congratulations to Julia Lavigne for her winning design, “Conservatory of the Two Sisters.” Julia has such a unique style, and this design really captures the heart and soul of the park. Her hand-drawn art is so sophisticated, and we also love the colors she chose. This is Julia’s first Grand Prize and second Top 5 finish.

Coming in a very close second was “Storyland” by Matt Phelan. Matt actually went to Storyland, took photos of the attractions and put them together in this design. We would especially love to print these on some toddler tees. This design made everyone very nostalgic for their time spend at Storyland as children. Josh can’t wait to wear this shirt. This is Matt’s first-ever Storyville design contest entry, and his first Top 5 finish.

Third place goes to Claire Massey for “The Heart of New Orleans.” We love the outline of the city inside the heart. City Park truly is the Heart of New Orleans, and this design does a good job of capturing how important it is to the whole city. This was Claire’s first-ever Storyville design contest, and her first Top 5 finish.

Chris Gianelloni won fourth place for “Heart of the City” and fifth place goes to Lauren Haro for “Famous Flying Horses.” This is Chris’ fourth and Lauren’s first Top 5 finish.

Honorable Mention goes to Lauren Alsop for her hilarious “Throwing Shade.” This is Lauren’s first Honorable Mention, but she has been in the Top 5 four times. Lauren created the ever-popular “They All Asked for Drew” and “Nola Seasons” designs.

If you are feeling the love for City Park, consider joining Friends of City Park. They are the fundraising arm for our great park, and the benefits of joining far exceed the price. Our family has thoroughly enjoyed the free admission to the Botanical Garden and free admission to Celebration in the Oaks. Those are just two of the many benefits you receive as a member. Join here.

We’re working up an appetite for Friends of City Park’s annual fundraiser tonight, Lark in the Park, and dreaming of Crawfish. In the past few years, people have wanted to not only eat crawfish, but to wear them, too. So we’re going to have a crawfish-themed contest. Give us your best crawfish designs, and we’ll give the winner $1000. We will accept submissions for “Crawfish!” from March 23 through April 5. We’ll announce the winner on Friday, April 10. Good luck!

St. Patrick’s Day 2015 $12 Flash Sale

Now’s the time to get your green tee so that you don’t get pinched. Our annual $12 St. Patrick’s Day Flash Sale runs through Monday, March 2, at Midnight. The sale is online only. Go here to see it.