Philadelphia is home to some of the best street art in the world. Take a stroll through our city streets and you would be hard pressed not to find something amazing or interesting on every street corner. A nice chunk of my Instagram feed is of people taking photos of art they find while they are out and about. Well, there’s a new Kickstarter that wants to help artists spread more of their work and inspire creativity.
Raaf: The Street Collection was started by Matt Cook, a Philadelphia University graduate, who created a four-piece collection as part of his design program. A collection that was designed to withstand the rough terrain of urban areas and bring safety to the artists. It wasn’t until applying for the Blackstone Launchpad through PhilaU and learning that becoming an entrepreneur wasn’t completely out of his grasp that Cook decided to get his products into the market. So why should you fund him?
Whether it be in your day-to-day commute or on your adventures through the city, by backing Raaf: The Street Collection you will not only be receiving a new kind of product, but you will be starting a new creative part of your life and stepping in to a family of culture-rich artists.
Here’s the collection:
Raaf Pack is the origin of the entire collection. It’s tailored to the body and comes with features needed for an artist or a commuter traveling through the city. It features reflective material that can be made visible only when the wearer wants it. Just a quick snap of the button turns you from safe to sleek.
Each bag comes with an illustrated lining. There are three available on the site but only one will be picked once the Kickstarter is funded. I’m personally a fan of option A. As for the outside of the bags, well they are extremely durable. They are coated with a ceramic material that creates a surface more resistant to outside elements. Another feature of the bag is that it is street smart. The bag has a concealed compartment in the back that can be accessed by one-of-two invisible zippers. It can hold four regular sized spray cans or any personal items.
The Sling Pack has all of the features of the Raaf pack except that it carries less due to being more ideal for quick artwork and is more suitable for commuters on the go. But if you need to go the complete opposite of small, the Duffel Bag is the juggernaut of the collection. Like the other pieces, it’s equipped with all of the features, such as illumination and durability. It’s ideal for serious artwork or a weekend trip.
The fourth piece in the collection is the Street Scarf. It’s made from a Micro Polyester fabric that can be worn to whisk sweat in mid-summer or warm in the freezing cold temperatures. It’s detailed with reflective material that can be turned off and on for whenever the wearer wants to be seen or hidden.
Raaf: The Street Collection Kickstarter is running until October 31. Even if you don’t have the need for any of the street wear products, you can still support Matt Cook. You can grab some stickers or a shirt (there’s a limited amount of shirts so be fast on that), and Cook will give you a shout out for supporting him. By funding this Kickstarter, you will be helping to bring more art to Philadelphia.
Get more information and details about Raaf: The Street Collection on the Kickstarter page.