When life gives Rag & Bone lemons, they make lemonade. And, in their case, lemonade is creative, artistic and a perfect solution to their shop's woes.
After multiple taggers scrawled graffiti on their tribute wall to former tenant Cafe Colonial, Nolita's Rag & Bone held a graffiti contest to find a permanent hand-drawn design for the space. Now, after accepting submissions online and letting fans choose which they liked best on Facebook, they've named Josh Villatoro the winner of the contest. His mural is in the process of being added to the side of the store as we speak.
The image is of a well-dressed girl emerging out of an egg surrounded by yellow rays and a ton of other eggs, likely containing similarly styled girls. We're not sure if it'll halt the graffiti that Rag & Bone has been dealing with, but we'd be surprised if anyone had a problem with ladies in eggs, unless they're militantly vegan.
Preparation for painting began yesterday—the large "Africa" written on the wall can actually still be seen under the projection—and should be completed within the week. It's hard not to be jealous: We'd love to see something of ours stenciled onto a shop wall, and we'd also love to take home that winning prize money—$1000 to spend on Rag & Bone goods of your choice.
· Rag & Bone Replacement Mural Chosen [Bowery Boogie]
· Rag & Bone's Art Contest [RackedWire]