Don’t Give Up The Ship

We have a beautiful exhibit hanging in Gallery 543 at the Navy Yard right now that consists of flags by artist Emily Manalo Ruiz. The main portion of the exhibit is the “1000 Works Project”, which consists of 1000 small fabric flags, each of which are unique, sewn out of salvaged materials and inspired by old battle flags.  The exhibit also includes some of her larger flags, also made with reclaimed materials, that are text-based and printed with meaningful, personal phrases.

“Art, for me, is cathartic.  It serves as an outlet for releasing deep-seated pains, capturing fleeting memories, and for understanding and documenting my life experience.  My work conveys a sense of nostalgia, longing, and sometimes, hope. It helps me to make sense of things, to communicate, to find closure and contentment, and to attempt to make permanent what is impermanent.” – Emily Manalo Ruiz

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Go see more of her work here!

The River that Ran Away to Paradise

It is crazy quiet in our office today, and I just got completely lost in daydream world looking through photos of this beautiful river, the Caristales, located near the town of La Macarena in Colombia, South America. Each year, during a brief period of time between the wet and dry seasons, when the water level is just right, the multiple varieties of algae and moss that live in the river bloom in a dazzling display of colors. The photos are so beautiful, I can only imagine what a breathtaking experience it would be to see it in person.

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Unreal, right?

Cool Job Alert!

We have two very cool job openings on our store team! We are looking for a Midwest District Visual Manager, who will be based out of Chicago, and a Northeast District Display Coordinator, who will be based out of Boston!

For more info and to apply for one of these positions, click on the links below.

Midwest District Visual Manager – Chicago

Northeast District Display Coordinator – Boston

(psst… the image is a sneak peek at our spring store displays, going up next week!)

The Latest From Instagram

We love loafers and the cozy eagle fairisle tunic

…and floral button up shirts…

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…and doc martens!

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pretty little details…

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Great layering basics: the peter pan lace top (looks great on its own or under other tops and dresses!), the super-comfy laguna coast pullover, model Pania Rose in her favorite, the crafty cuff thermal, and the awesome Pink Floyd tee.

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Cute glasses and hair :)

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The embroidered midtown jacket looks so cool with a plaid shirt and slouchy jeans!

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Office Style: American vs. British

In line with our catalog theme this month, I thought I would do some fun vs. themed office styles. Our home office has a surprisingly bountiful population of Brits who’ve crossed the big pond to work for Free People. They all have great style, so I thought that for this week I would do British vs. American style. I love them both, but tell us, which do you relate to more??

The Brits:

Welsh sisters! Both wearing an FP intimates top. Shop the updated version here.

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The Hand Crochet Maxi Dress layered over an old FP beach style.

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The Americans:

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Get the look with our Destroyer Tee, FP High Waisted Printed Shorts, Eloise Platforms, and Sheer Tights

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Liking the poncho? We have a great selection here.

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The American Rebel Tee gone good girl

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The Tattered Flag Scarf puts the Americana cherry atop this look.

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The FP Skinny Cords in dusty rose look great with this muted and soft look.

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Thursday Poll: Jan Catalog!

Ok everyone – it’s time to decide: which is your favorite look from the January catalog? Are you Karlie in NYC or Jess in LA?

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LA Look 1

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LA Look 3

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LA Look 4

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Behind the Scenes with Karlie Kloss in NYC

Fitted with Daisies Dress

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Stretch Eyelet Bodycon

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Striped Low Back Top, Woven Crop Top, Silk Pop Blazer, Alarra Necklace, Orbit Necklace

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My favorite outfit… Mermaid Sequin Harem Pant, Destroyed Tee, Alarra Necklace, Orbit Necklace, Vegan Leather Jacket, Miguel Buckle Boot

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Pilot Graphic Tank, Studded Plaid Buttondown, Cutoff Denim Vest, Vegan Leather Short, Converse

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Retro Sleeve Dress

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Marrakesh Floppy Hat

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The Printed Skinny Jean & Stacked Wingtip look so cool together.

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Denim Knit Shirt Dress, Jenny Floppy Hat

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Thrifty Eyes Dress, Peter Pan Lace Top, Embellished Vegan Leather Jacket, Patriot Ankle Boot

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Marrakesh Floppy Hat, Sequin Pullover, Orbit Necklace, Bold Suede Ladder Necklace

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FP One Diani Dress, Textured Zip Up Jacket, Laredo Turquoise Bib

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FP One Diani Dress, Laredo Turquoise Bib

Shop the January Catalog!

Living in the City

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Bill Gentle and Fanny Bostrom, Brooklyn

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Lyndsay Caleo & Fitzhugh Karol, Brooklyn

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Julia Roitfeld, Manhattan

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Kate Young and Keith Abrahamsson, Manhattan

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Cindy Greene, Manhattan

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Ingrid Schram, Manhattan

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Erin Wasson, Manhattan

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Pamela Love and Jordan Sullivan, Brooklyn

Amazing New York City decor inspiration, via The Selby, of course.

There is no question that I am more of a California girl, but I grew up in a townhouse in Philly and there is something so beautiful about the brownstones in Brooklyn. That would definitely be where I’d want to live in NYC… what about you?

Details: Wrap It Up

If you look at our accessories collection online right now, you’re sure to notice a trend – we’ve gone crazy for bracelets! This season we are all about piling up the wrists with wrap bracelets, friendship bracelets, charm bracelets and cuffs.  What I love about this trend is that you can literally wear your personality on your sleeve – fashion sense, friendships and meaningful symbols are all on display, and the combinations are endless and always somehow work.

Chelsea Beaded Bracelet, Lizzie Stone Ring, Studded Zip Clutch coming mid-January. Other bracelet is a store-only style – get it at your local Free People!

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Filo Ring, Bolted Crystal Ring, Fairfax Brass Ring, Dynasty Leather Cuff, Socorro Deco Bracelet, Chevron Wrap Bracelet, Chelsea Beaded Bracelet.

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Fairfax Brass Ring, Filo Ring, Raven Leather Bag, bracelets only in-store.

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Encrusted Silk Wrap Bracelet, Fairfax Silver Ring, Rosary Wrap (back in stock soon, also available in stores!).

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Evita Identity Bracelet, rest are only in-store.

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Pasel Semi-Precious Wrap Bracelet, Chelsea Beaded Bracelet.

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Amelia Wrap Bracelet, Chevron Wrap Bracelet, Rosary Wrap.

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Lizzie Stone Ring, Bolted Crystal Ring, Filo Ring, Fairfax Brass Ring, Beaded Eagle Friendship Bracelet, Geo Enamel Cuff, San Pedro Turquoise Wrap Bracelet.

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Lastly, these adorable little neon friendship bracelets are the coolest! They are only available in our stores so make sure you stop in and snap one (or several) up!

Shop all bracelets.