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when i first saw the product assortment for our july catalog, in a rare turn of events my eyes went straight to the boots.  i’m really not a shoe person, and typically stick to flip flops or moccasins.  but the boots in this catalog are incredible, and we have two different styles that i’m particularly fond of.

the freebird boots are a collection featuring three different boot styles (the haven distressed boot and hatchet harness boot are both online now) and exclusively made by hand for free people. our shoe buyer loved the slanted top, the distressed leather and the top quality construction with unique, eye-catching details like hand-painted welts and studded backing. this style is perfect for toughening up a girlier look:

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items pictured: haven distressed boot, on the v crochet tunic, geomorphic necklace, mesh diamond hand piece.

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the luxury jones boots actually have a story that goes back to the bonnaroo festival last summer.  a group of us fp girls were there and spotted this girl on the left wearing a pretty amazing pair of boots. we had to stop her and take her photo! our shoe buyer loved them as well, and a year later, we have our very own version :) the luxury jones boots are constructed using vintage western style boots and belts. since each shoe is handmade, every pair will have its own unique variations.  these boots make quite a statement, and we love them paired with a more casual look to funk it up!

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items pictured: luxury jones boot, summer love tank, cutoff denim shorts, mesh horn pendant.

i’m so torn over which ones i want to buy! which ones do you guys like better – the freebird or the luxury jones?!

Kristen -Feb 04, 2015, 9:42PM
what about the detailing on the toe of the luxury jones boots. what is the brand of that boot? or how was that toe detail added or made? It is fantastic!!
Morgan -Oct 07, 2012, 1:57PM
how much are these boots?

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it started when our creative director discovered the sisters of the black moon and began printing their lookbook photos from various tumblrs and blogs like cosmic dust and sun in scorpio, and hanging them for inspiration. she didn’t realize the photography was current- their decayed, weathered look led her to believe they were vintage 70s shots. then one day last year she received an email from the photographer, alexandra valenti, and was shocked to find that she was a living person from this time period! alexandra found us since we were working with her friend leslie crow from heyoka leather, who she also shoots with. immediately we knew we had to work with this photographer – and the rest is history!

read on for an interview with the beautiful soul alexandra valenti and see some of the amazing outtakes from our july catalog shoot.

When and why did you first get into photography?

I started pretty young and always loved it. After I finished college, I moved to NYC and assisted fashion photographer, Sante D’orazio. I didn’t know anything about the fashion world and not that much about the technical side of photography, at least not at that professional level – I was the WORST assistant ever. He’d probably tell you that too. But he and I became very dear friends and I paid attention and learned so much. I thought I’d end up making movies, so I moved to LA and wrote scripts, but I didn’t like how long it took to make something (which is, it took FOREVER). And that frustrated me beyond belief. So I moved to Austin and I went back to photography, and started to develop a style and a voice in images in a quiet way, on my own time. I’m a very, very late bloomer.

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We all love your work with the Sisters of the Black Moon. How did you guys meet?

I think we met at Alecia’s birthday party at a place called Shangrila in Austin. I knew who they were, and I had major girl crushes on them! We started hanging out and soon after I asked them if I could take pictures of them at a swimming hole nearby.

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Do you have a favorite moment from the Free People catalog shoot?

It was all so great! I couldn’t have asked for a better experience and I”m so insanely grateful for it. I feel like I made new friends, it wasn’t just a job, you know? That’s a pretty special experience to have – I didn’t want the shoot to end. Doub is my hero. What a beautiful, generous, loving woman… all of my friends fell in love with her. I kinda wanna put her in my pocket and take her with me everywhere. And I just loved all the models – Ashley Smith was a dream, I’d shoot her everyday of the week if I could! I guess, one of the best moments, though, was when the band was playing as I was shooting. All my friends were there, it felt so comfortable, it was a love fest from the get go! That and the last night when we went to eat at the Mexican restaurant, and we shut it down. They were sweeping up around us :)

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If you had a time machine, where would you go?

The future to see if everything I dream about comes true.
Or back when I was struggling to tell myself it’s all gonna be just fine. Ha!

Where do you draw inspiration for your work?

Old paperback book covers from the 60′s and 70′s.

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Who are some of your personal favorite photographers/artists?

Oh man, there are so many. Maybe the anonymous photographers from the turn of the century or family snap shots that were shot with Polaroids in the 60′s and 70′s. As for fine artists, I’d say self-taught, outsider artists – people who make art, houses and furniture out of scrap material.

What music are you listening to right now?

Two things: My Willie Nelson Pandora station.
And my rooster crowing in the garden. He’s a mean punk ass SOB.
But his crow kills me, so funny. Except at 4:30 in the morning. That’s when I wanna ring his neck.

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Favorite book?

Autobiography of a Yogi and the Bhagavad Gita, the Eswaren translation.
Both changed me immeasurably.

What do you love most about living in Austin?

You don’t have to drive very far to get anywhere… the swimming holes (when there’s not a drought!)…and the people, my friends. There’s a real sense of community here. I’ve never felt that way about any other city I’ve lived in.

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Tell me something most people don’t know about you.

Hmm, I don’t know, I’m kind of honest to a fault. I feel like as I get older I realize I’m like everyone else… same fears, a dreamer… I’m no better, no different than anyone else. I wear my heart on my sleeve most the time and pretty wide open about my feelings… man, sounds so boring. I should have more secrets. I’ll work on that.

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view the july catalog shot by alexandra valenti in its entirety, right here.

AC -May 14, 2012, 12:18PM
Very informative. Love it.
mahshad -Jul 07, 2011, 12:28PM
PROUD MAMA!

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Our assistant web merchandiser was amazingly styled again today! She looks so free and happy in her flowing teal dress and ruffled flower-print tank. The dress, a piece from the Free People Convertibles Category, is one of her favorites for mixing and matching. Today, she layered it perfectly with a feminine tank, but she said she’s also been able to dress it up for formal events with a pretty pair of shoes, wear it as a belted casual dress, and, in colder weather, paired it with a cozy sweater. What she loves most about it? The bright and cheerful color =)

What perfects the outfit though, is that straw hat! She picked it up at a sample sale not too long ago, and it’s just right for the sunny day we’re having here today. You can tell it got her in a good mood, because she laughingly shared one of her favorite cheesy jokes with me. I’m giggling at my desk just thinking of it. Thought you’d all enjoy a little chuckle too, so, “have you heard?”

“Why does Snoop Dog use an umbrella?”

“Fo’ drizzle”

Alpaca Scarves -Jul 07, 2011, 7:35AM
Lovely post and gorgeous dress! greta image and look!
BohoQueen -Jul 06, 2011, 6:29PM
Adorable outfit, and the background in the picture is gorgeous! xoxo

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remember liz, our brooklyn fp girl who makes rad vests? well she’s at it again…my jaw dropped when i opened my email this morning and saw her latest project!  not only are her patriotic vests to die for, but these photos are so inspiring. thank you liz!

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you can check out her etsy shop here.

did you all have a nice fourth of july? what was the highlight of your weekend?

stargirl -Jul 06, 2011, 6:14PM
That vest is so rockin!
-Jul 06, 2011, 11:50AM
such a beautiful post. thank you for sharing

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our july catalog video might be my favorite one yet…a visual ode to the live music capital of the world, austin, texas! lazy days on front porches strumming the guitar, hanging out backstage with bands before hopping onstage alongside them, walking hand-in-hand through the texas wild… this video definitely brings out my wannabe-70s-groupie side ;)

the catalog was shot by alexandra valenti featuring models ashley smith, anastasia khodkina and jessica mau along with austin band the happen-ins, and the video was shot by our videographer and edited by swell. song is “be yer fool” by the happen-ins, which you can download here!

claire -Jul 06, 2011, 1:38PM
I agree as well! I've always ordered my FP indulgences online since the closest store is a state away, and it's normally totally worth the wait and price of shipping! But lately because of the prices, I'm not able to. And I'm no poor college kid either. I love the new catalog and video, but this one I'm forced to just dream and attempt to find similar items in local stores at more affordable prices. :(
Catherine -Jul 06, 2011, 12:38AM
Prices too high! :( My closet is feeling the consequences.

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“the art of transforming something common into something precious.”

…so states the bio for dara gerson and ashley lowengrub’s jewelry line, alkemie, summing up exactly what they aim to do with their designs.  after growing weary of the toxic working conditions and environmental impacts of the gem and fine metal industries, the two jewelry designers – now a husband and wife team – joined forces to create a line that only uses local, eco-friendly materials.  all of their designs are made of 100% reclaimed metal and manufactured by hand in downtown LA.  their amazing pieces are certainly precious and combine sculptural and organic elements that reflect their love of the environment and planet earth.



there is definitely something very 70s and spiritual about their jewelry – i could easily picture stevie nicks piling it on her wrists and hands before taking the stage for one of her epic shows. alkemie’s pieces are featured throughout our july catalog, and they suit our rock and roll theme perfectly.

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the amazing legend buckle belt above is also by alkemie! and below is the beautiful dara of alkemie, wearing the pieces in a photo taken by her husband, ashley.

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pieces featured: butterfly wing ring, maltese cross lace cuff, crest moon wrap ring.

http://www.ilcamminodelmoro.net/html/htdocs/userinfo.php?uid=419617 -Oct 05, 2014, 1:54PM
Looked over this fabulous site and decided to buy a steam shower and never looked back, magnificent resources on this site cant thank you enough
Online Fashion Boutique -Jul 06, 2011, 2:36PM
All these pictures are so inspirational! Everything is just so beautiful!

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Free People is introducing a luxury collection that takes sweater dressing to new heights. It is the first Free People capsule collection based around the craftsmanship of hand crochet and knitting.  Inspired by a trip to Florence and a love of yarn, the collection breaths a life of elegance and sophistication into our upcoming line – If you have a love for crochet then this will take your breath away.

“FP Spun features garments made with Italian yarns, shiny silk blends and nubbed soft linens accentuated with intricate jacquards and stitches bringing a little shine for a fancy detail. The dresses range from short and flirty to slinky and long to shaped and sculpted. Each item portrays a different personality– it’s an extremely versatile collection”

The items are uniquely made, no sketching or design process is involved just a love for fine yarns telling a story as our designers knit through their imagination. We are in love with this delicate collection. Here’s a little insight behind the label from our head sweaters designer Rachael

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What is FP spun?

An elevated, elegant, unique line of sweaters, beautiful dresses, skirts, glistening shorts and pants.

How did it come about?

I had just been to Pitti Filati in Florence and was inspired by all the shiny, iridescent, plush platinum, rose & liquid gold, shimmery sandy yarns and fell in love with all of them……the beauty of the yarns was amazing. A glistening joyful delight. As I had never really explored such yarns it was all untouched territory to me, so fresh and new and something I really loved.

After I had been shopping in Paris and London I had a bit of an “Ab Fab” moment, and all I wanted to wear was sweaters from head to toe…..“head to toe”, I know ridiculous! I was really into fine knit trousers to open crochet tops and sheer layering pieces……maxi crochet dresses and long fluid skirts

Meg, the president of Free People, had inspired me by bringing in some of her beautiful vintage sweater pieces, dresses, skirts and fabulous pants. And then began the first chapter of designing into a unique, sweater exclusive, high end line “FP Spun”. Elegant dresses, skirts, shorts and pants using all the wonderful yarns that caught my eye….such a delight to be able to use such beautiful yarns. I had discovered something new that I loved ……

Dresses have always been a passion of mine. I love searching for the most unique vintage piece and designing into elegant dresses….bringing out the beauty of the person within. It’s always nice to feel pretty, beautiful, elegant and happy, a dress is always the answer to happiness for me.

What makes FP Spun so special?

It’s nice to be able to create something from the beginning. The beauty of the garment evolves and unfolds as you crochet and knit with the yarns. It then forms into something beautiful that you can design into. It’s so much fun; I always feel like I’m sculpting with the yarn, and it then leads you into an amazing dress.

All the yarns are Italian or Japanese.  The Japanese have the most innovative space dye colors. They are very unique. We have also started to line all the dresses with delicate beautiful French laces, and as the collection evolves, we are beginning to piece the garments with French embroideries and embellishments, pretty exciting stuff……shine + Italian or Japanese + French laces = sheer happiness for me and a beautiful garment. 

 We hope you love Fp Spun!

Visit the shop here

quick energy -Sep 23, 2014, 6:40PM
You actually make it appear so easy with your presentation however I to find this topic to be actually one thing that I feel I would never understand. It kind of feels too complicated and extremely broad for me. I am taking a look ahead to your next publish, I will try to get the grasp of it!
laura -Jul 05, 2011, 10:51PM
what a lovely inspirational post, fp spun looks beautiful. thank you for sharing!

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There are so many interesting jobs with really quirky, fun, cool people behind them here at Free People. We think they’re awesome, and we think you will too. So, beginning this week, we’ll be starting something new on the blog to get to know them better – employee of the week!

This week’s employee is our assistant web merchandiser. Read her introduction below, and stay tuned all week for daily updates on who she is and what she’s doing!

Marie -Sep 21, 2011, 11:29AM
Could you tell me where she got this amazing tee ?
c$ -Jul 07, 2011, 2:02PM
i wore a steel blue suit today, this girl is so right! it looked totally different with my yellow flats than it did with my brown loafers last week. maybe fp should consider a line of pants suits!

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rock the red white and blue with pride this weekend. happy independence day!

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Steven Ballard -Jul 01, 2011, 6:26PM
Yes, his creations are provocative in a sense that they scream for attention and offer rugged sensuality it I can say that...I just like it!
Taylor -Jul 01, 2011, 6:01PM
Those Jeffrey Campbells are awesome! www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com

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i have been eagerly awaiting this book since april when we went to austin to shoot it! it drops tuesday, but here are some behind the scenes photos i took during the shoot to hold you over :)

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the july book was shot in austin, texas, by alexandra valenti and features models ashley smith, anastasia khodkina, jessica mau and our fave rockers, the happen-ins :) look for the entire catalog online and in the mail on tuesday!

Destiny -Aug 01, 2013, 12:33AM
I know its been forever, two years almost to the day, that I saw the black and white dress in Pasadena. I had a dream about it last night and now feel compelled to find it. Does anyone know where I can find this dress? Or what its called so I can search for it. The info would be greatly appreciated.
Rin -Jul 19, 2011, 4:12AM
Seeing photo shoots like this, make me fall in love with this brand more. Free people gives off this comfy high fashion vibe.

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It’s poll time again! This week we want you to pick your favorite look from our Japonaise collection. I’m a big fan of the look – it’s so sultry and mysterious! I can’t decide which pieces I want to buy first. Pretty florals, linear cuts, peak-out black lace – which is your favorite look?

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guest -Jun 30, 2011, 5:31PM
I love look 3, but I am going to go with look 1. It's flirty, serious, mysterious, (on the side) quiet. I love looks that keep people guessing and wanting more.

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On July 15th, me and few girls from the Free People stores are heading to the pitchfork music festival in Chicago. We‘re pretty thrilled to be heading to such an awesome festival. The lineup is incredible! Pitchfork is the No1 go-to site for new music and up-and-coming bands, so it makes sense that they are featuring some of the coolest performances.

What’s more exciting is that while we’re there we WILL BE style stalking to capture lovely girls in great outfits for our blog. Over the next few days you will see the outfits that we’ve created and a low down on what bands we are soooo excited to see. Post-festival you will get a run down of our style stalked outfits, candid photos, and close-up action of the bands on stage. We look forward to seeing you if you are attending, if not be sure to follow the experience of FP goes festival!

Pitchfork is set in the ever so stylish city of Chicago, so you’re able to dress somewhat nicer. I’m teaming the spin me wrap skirt with the crochet long sleeve top, these festival perfect leather ankle boots available come August and the and a cute little fringed bag – most items will be available when our Rock steady July book hits next week.

Here’s some of the items featured above - Spin me wrap skirt riviera hat

Stay tuned for more of our festival outfits these coming days!

Ashleyanne -Jul 26, 2011, 10:12AM
are the sunglasses the manager on the right is wearing in the first picture, the fresno aviators?? I want to buy them but I want to make sure I know what they look like on someone :)
Melissa -Jul 01, 2011, 9:21PM
I'll be there. Chicago welcomes you! :)

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