Here’s the poster that will hang at all of our locations for our upcoming “Feel Good Music” design contest. Our 23rd design contest kicks off on Monday and returns to the theme of our very first design contest — music. So start working on those musically awesome designs for this $1,000 contest. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.
This was a terrific contest.
When we first decided to do this contest, we were nervous that such a specific contest would not yield the high caliber of design submissions that we’ve come to expect. But we shouldn’t have worried because designers such as Chris Melton, Meghan Weaver, Laci Roth, Jessica Gorman, Megan Nolan, Brian Cvejanovich, Ryan Keane, Lori Monahan Borden and other talented artists delivered the goods.
Congrats to Chris Melton for winning the contest with his funky celebration of New Orleans running — “City Course.” To truly appreciate this design, you’ve got to spend a minute taking in all the details. The Superdome, a street car, St. Louis Cathedral, the Crescent City Connection — they’re all woven into the design in a seamless manner. The colors and motion of the design helped propel this unique design to the win. Chris’ design will soon be available on a gray triblend track shirt as well as an actual tech / wicking shirt for running (the first wicking tee that we’ve ever printed).
Chris is the 15th different winner of our first 21 design contests. Previous contest winner and designer of multiple Storyville tees Meghan Weaver had two designs to finish the Top 5. We’re going to work with Meghan to bring her “I Run Nola” design and her “Beignet Habit” design into tee shirt or tech shirt form, because these designs were wildly popular on Facebook — for good reason. Meghan captured the spirit of New Orleans — more than anything else, that Nola running is fun. And it often involves costumes or alcohol (and sometimes both). We also liked Meghan’s “Dodging Potholes” entry, but we weren’t sure how well it would translate onto a shirt and if people would get it outside of the context of this contest.
Third place went to Brian Cvejanovich, who has won a record four Storyville design contests. In terms of fine design detail, Brian’s “We Run Bayou” design was unsurpassed in this contest. His design is so New Orleans, complete with the Superdome, Mardi Gras masks, a street car, French Quarter apartment houses, a fleur-de-lis, fish, crawfish and even an alligator. Brian never ceases to amaze us with his versatility.
Fourth place went to previous contest winner Megan Nolan for her “Run Nola” entry. Megan is a professional illustrator of children’s books, and her skill at detailed line work is on display in her submission. This was the same kind of amazing work that helped Megan win our “Dancing Mitch Landrieu” design contest. That design probably has to be our favorite design that didn’t sell very well (but that wasn’t Megan’s fault — we just thought that there was a bigger market for tee shirts about Nola’s fabulous dancing mayor. Silly us.).
Finally, Jessica Gorman gets an honorable mention for her “I Run this City” design. We think this design would be a great companion tee for Meghan Weaver’s “I Run This Town” design. Jessica has finished in the top tier of our last few contests, so keep an eye on her in future contests.
We’d like to thank all of the artists who participated in this contest, and are eager to see what they do with contest #23 –
“Feel Good Music.” Submissions for this music-themed contest will be accepted through Midnight on Friday, March 29. The winner of the contest will be announced on Wednesday, April 3. And here are the themes for the next 4 contests. Good luck!
Start thinking up great designs that involve music, animals, waves of green or simple one color designs in any theme. These are the next four Storyville design contests. Top prizes will be either $1,000 or $500 for each contest. We haven’t decided as to what the theme for contest #27 will be yet, so let us know if you have any ideas.
We’re trying a little month-long experiment in Austin, just in time for SXSW. All during the month of March, all of our kids stuff will be only $14, all of our adult short sleeve 100% cotton tees will be only $16 and everything else will be $20. The sale applies to in-shop sales only, and does not apply to StoryvilleApparel.com sales or sales at our other locations.
We want to see how this goes. If it works, look for more flash sales at our other locations. We already sell a lot of tees, but we love the idea of getting more of our tees out there!
Check it out. We just finished printing the posters for our newest tee shirt design contest, “Run Nola.” Go here to see all of the contest entries so far.
We have some big news here at Storyville. This month, we signed a lease on a permanent location at the Mall of Louisiana, which will open April 1. You may recall that we were formerly on the Boulevard outside of the mall, and then we moved inside the mall. At the time, we were a temporary tenant, which means we would probably be moved around once permanent tenants moved into our spots. Well now, we’re permanent! Well, at least for three years. We signed a three-year lease with the Mall of Louisiana to reside just across the hallway, on the other side of the escalator (same side of the mall). We are beginning to build out the new space, which is going to have brand-new everything – it will be our fanciest shop to date.
Our new shop will open on April 1, but we have to be out of our old shop by February 28. Because of that, we are going to open a cart, just like we did over the holidays, to bridge the gap. Our cart will be open for the month of March, and it will be located on the first floor, in front of Delia’s.
Thanks for your patience while we play musical shops in the Mall of Louisiana. We are so excited about having the opportunity to stay put for three years, and continue to call the Mall of Louisiana home. Also, please visit our new cart in March, and come marvel at our new space in April. We are going to stock up the cart with our new St. Patrick’s Day tees, so you have all the green you’ll need for the parade!
With Mardi Gras out of the way, we’re ready for the next holiday. With that in mind, we just wrapped up our first-ever St. Patrick’s Day-themed tee shirt design contest. This was one of our best, and most competitive contests yet. Our 22nd contest featured 41 approved entries, and about twice as many that didn’t make the cut. Congratulations to Lauren Alsop, the artist behind our super-popular “Nola Seasons” design for winning this contest with her fun, versatile and catchy “Sham Rockin’” design. Given that Lauren’s design has multiple market appeal, we will soon be rolling it out in all of our shops as well as on our website.
A very close second place went to Laci Roth for her quintessential New Orleans “Produce-In” entry. Laci’s design was an Irish Channel Parade meets Makin’ Groceries concept which got a lot of love on Facebook. This is Laci’s second consecutive Top 5 finish. Laci had several other quality submissions in this contest, do don’t be surprised if we roll out a couple of her designs onto Storyville tee shirts next week.
Third place went to Jessica Gorman for “Eat Me, Drink Me,” a clever nod to Alice in Wonderland. Jessica previously finished in second place in our “Who Dat Nation” design contest, so are excited to see what Jessica comes up with in the contests to come.
Rounding out the Top 5 were Ryan Keane with “Claddagh Lis” design (a claddagh ring around a fleur de lis) and Leslie Jeannet with her super-cute “Cabbage Patch” entry. This is the second Top 5 finish for both Ryan and Leslie. An Honorable Mention goes to Mark Gautreaux for his Irish twist on Baton Rouge (“Baton Vert”). Mark was the designer behind our recent, limited run Mardi Gras-themed tee shirt, “Throw On.”
Thanks to all of the designers who submitted their artwork for this contest. If you didn’t make the Top 5, keep trying and you may just get there. Remember, we’re trying to create commercially viable apparel, so designs really need to be fresh, fun, distinctive and easily translatable to tee shirt form in order to reach the Top 5.
And thanks to everyone who submitted their votes for this contest via StoryvilleApparel.com, through our Facebook fan pages and through Twitter.
Contest #22 kicks off next Monday, February 25. “Run Nola” is a running-themed contest and it’s a joint collaboration between Storyville and the All-State Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic. The winning design from that contest will be available for sale in Storyville, at the Crescent City Classic race expo and will be given to winners of each race division.
So start working on fun, timeless running-themed designs so that we can show the Crescent City Classic folks just how good we are at generating hot new tees. Submissions for “Run Nola” will be accepted between February 25 and March 8. The winning designer will receive $500. The winner of the contest will be announced on Wednesday, March 13.
We should have the results of our $1000 St. Patrick’s Day day contest up right here by 8 pm tonight. Stay tuned.
Even though the mascot and logo became official during our contest — revealing the new, shiny, official logo — our “Nola Pelicans” design contest was still a hit. It was really fun to see what our fabulous network of designers could come up with if Storyville was in charge of designing and picking the official New Orleans Pelicans logo.
Congrats to multi-contest winner Brian Cvejanovich for winning Contest #20 with his “Nola Pelicans” design. This is Brian’s fourth first-place design.
Coming in at a very close second was Megan Nolan’s impressive “Slam Dunk,” which featured a mighty pelican poised and ready to dunk the ball.
Third place went to Sarah Clement for her unique, minimalist “Pelican” design. Her design reminded us of iconic sports designs, such as some traditional baseball logos or our own Saints fleur de lis. We loved the simplicity of this design.
Fourth place went to frequent top finishers James Behan and Allison Dugas Behan, for their clever “Swoopin’ in for the Win,” and Laci Roth won fifth place for her flying-high “Free Bird.”
Lori Lemoine also gets an Honorable Mention for her fierce “The Mighty Pelicans” submission.
Unfortunately, since we aren’t licensed by the NBA or the New Orleans Pelicans, we likely won’t be able to turn any of these designs into tee shirts. However, NBA, if you’re reading this, you should totally license us to carry some alternative New Orleans Pelicans designs!
For our 21st design contest, you may need a little luck o’ the Irish to win. The theme is St. Patrick’s Day, and we’re looking for the best St. Patty’s Day tee shirt — the one everyone will want to wear as they attend parades, catch cabbages, drink green beer and stumble home in all their faux-Irish glory.
“St. Patrick’s Day” goes live on Monday, February 4 and runs through February 15 at Midnight. The Grand Prize is $1000. You can use anything you want — rainbows, pots of gold, shamrocks, leprechauns. Have fun and good luck!