Alana Frangiosa shops regularly at our Dedham store, and told the FP girls there that she had a really cool project in the works over the summer – a duvet cover made entirely out of Free People bags! Well, last week she stopped in to show them the final product, and it blew us all away! We reached out to Alana to find out what inspired the project — read on to learn a bit more about her!
Where do you live?
My name is Alana Frangiosa. I attended The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in LA for college and majored in Fashion design/ merchandising. I currently live in Boston, MA!
What inspired you to make the quilt?
Free People has always been my favorite store. My mom, sister, and I have been shopping there for as long as I can remember, so I’d say my love for the store had a lot to do with my inspiration. Also, fashion is a huge passion of mine and always has been. Designing this duvet cover for myself was a perfect way of allowing me to combine my creativity and love for fashion.
How long did it take you to save up enough bags for it?
I was not collecting the bags specifically for this project. But whenever I got one, it was just a habit to throw it in the back of my closet. I think they are so cute and love the way they are always changing. I found some that were so old that I knew I had to do something really cool with them! A duvet cover came to mind and I knew it would be a challenge for me so that’s what I did.
You’re obviously very crafty – do you have any other DIY projects you’re working on?
I don’t usually do things like this. Sewing is not one of my best qualities but I had some beginner skills from school. I was mostly driven by the image I had in my head of the final product. I couldn’t wait to see how it was going to come out! However, I think my creativity and talent is best shown in my drawings. I love to sketch fashion figures wearing clothes that I design, with a bohemian and edgy feel.
What Free People items are currently on your wishlist?
I am definitely a layering girl, and accessories are everything to me. I love over-sized sweaters and being comfy but still always looking trendy. Some destroyed boyfriend jeans, a cute top, and a pair of wedges with a million bangles and rings on is definitely my go-to outfit! A couple things on my FP wishlist right now are: Going West Pullover, Unchained Harem Pants, Storm Ankle Boot, Antalya Coin Collar, Makala Cuff.
Thanks so much for sharing, Alana!