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on the trek to building 25, sunlight filters down from the sky and presses summer gently on the shoulders. walk through the double doors and you enter a different season entirely. while i was sitting in on a meeting yesterday, i found myself casting wistful glances at the cardigan/sweater/jacket/blanket clad shoulders around me, all the while struggling to banish the impulse to hurl myself at a sweater sample and disappear inside of it. it seems that spending the day in such a boldly air conditioned building has tricked me into thinking that it is winter.

everywhere i look i see plush cardigans and deliciously cozy knits. the we the free navajo cardigan that i have had my eye on since it first appeared on the web has done more than turn me onto the navajo-inspired trend. i now find myself feverishly looking up sweaters and moccasins, dreaming of the warmth and comfort they would bring. from what i have seen of what’s to come, i think free people reads my mind.

i decided to take a walk around the office to see how FP girls keep warm…

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roger snug and warm in his fur coat :)

here are some lovely pieces to wrap yourself up in:

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left to right: we the free navajo cardigan, desert drifter cardigan, southwest poncho.

be still, my heart, a cozy blanket with sleeves…

- post by our concept intern stacey.

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Karla -Jul 29, 2010, 4:00PM
Julia, you really should think about writing a book. You are a terrific writer. You have a magical way of describing things which really goes with the FP ethic. Thank you for inspiring me!

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love our fan photos :)

Angela -Jul 27, 2010, 5:10PM
beautiful! www.benchesandchandeliers.com
Jamie -Jul 27, 2010, 11:34AM
All pics are beautiful! The second pic is my fav too! ;-)

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fp jemma came in today wearing the cutest outfit – and the best part is she got it all for under $30 at the punk rock flea market in philly this weekend. here are the items she scored:

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long smocked maxi dress $5, native indian feather necklace $1, heart bracelets $1, moon stone ring $5 and moccasins $15.

score!

Liah -Jul 28, 2010, 3:34PM
Wow if I knew you could score finds like that at a punk rock flea market, i woulda checked it out. The name alone kinda turned me off to visiting it, because I'm not in the punk rock scene.
kristina -Jul 27, 2010, 3:18PM
maggie, i have those too. you mean they're just leather on the bottom? the leather will get dirty and turn black, but the leather hardens as you wear them. they'll eventually wear out, but they're pretty easy to come by at thrift stores.

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we’re back with another how-to style session! this time jemma took the photos, i was the model, and our assistant stylist and jemma put together some great looks using the buttonfront lace back tank.  i’m sold- i’m absolutely going to buy this top because there are SO many ways to wear it.  i think my favorite is wearing it backwards so the lace is in the front and the buttons are in the back!

first up, here it is worn as a vest and dressed down with jeans and a tee:

here it’s dressed up with some over-the-knee boots and tucked into a skirt:

my favorite look- worn with the lace in front:

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and this was jemma’s look- worn over a cute summery dress with hiking boots:

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read more for more photos and for details on each look!

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Kristina -Jul 26, 2010, 11:13AM
I love this vest -- and this post. I thought it was beautiful before, but this post introduced me to other ways to wear it that I didn't think of before. Please do more how-tos with styling your gorgeous pieces. So inspiring!
-Jul 25, 2010, 8:02AM
Great photos, beautiful model!

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this week’s pick from our stylists is the eternal sunshine shirt! our assistant stylist says “transitioning into fall i love the idea of wearing woven button downs as layering pieces. it’s great for adding pattern and texture to your outfit.”

here are some styling ideas:

worn here with the needlepoint cami, we the free colorblock cardigan, slouchy chino and lace up peep toe wedge.

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worn here with the printed lace tank (colorway coming soon), fp skinny textured jeans, muu baa leather jacket and strasborg heeled hiker.

i love this shirt, i just can’t decide which color i like better!

amelia -Jul 23, 2010, 2:37PM
What are the qualifications to be a stylist for free people?
anna -Jul 23, 2010, 2:33PM
These are great! Though, I love the way it was styled in the July Catalog. I love the "black combo" color.

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i love this look from head to toe!

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she’s wearing the free peoplesolid ruffle tap short and scandalous lace top.

-Jul 24, 2010, 10:35AM
i think the feather bracelet is from alex and ani, or at least they make one that is just like it.
fp julia -Jul 23, 2010, 11:15AM
the shoes are from free people but they're no longer available :( sorry!

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we’re crazy about navajo accessories right now. i love the colors and the beading! they’re such a great way to accessorize a simple outfit. which of these do you like best?

the wanderer necklace:

the navajo beaded cuff:
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the ciara hat:
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the totem bead belt:
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the navajo beaded earrings:
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or the vintage mandala bag:
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i love them all!! take your pick:

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as mentioned the other day, i had the chance this weekend to sit down with singer/songwriter diane birch and ask her some questions. she’s incredibly sweet and down to earth – and she’s got great style too!

i read that you weren’t allowed to listen to pop music growing up, how has that influenced you as an artist?
it’s really influenced me, because during my formative years what i was exposed to was classical, opera, church hymns, just really kind of old school music. i’ve gotten into many different phases of music, like i was listening to a lot of goth bands at one point, but i’ve still extracted that formative listening experience with my music and it’s definitely been a huge influence because for a long time i had to suppress all that stuff.

are there any specific musicians who have had a huge influence on you?
i’ve always greatly admired people like john lennon, elton john, nina simone, brian wilson, michael jackson, people who had the ability to be really individual and push boundaries and yet reach a massive audience and touch every person in some way.

if you could get on stage and jam with any musician who would you pick?
do they have to be alive? i guess i would probably say michael jackson or stevie wonder – i actually just did a show with stevie wonder in the south of france and he was incredible. it would be fun to get up on stage and jam out with him.

so you have a day off – what do you do?
day off, what is that? i’ve been on the road for about three months straight so i haven’t really had a day off in a while…i guess the first thing i would do is laundry. the second thing is to try to organize the piles of clothes – i actually have a day off tomorrow so i’m going to sort the piles of clothes in my room.

other than that i’d probably just hang out with friends. i love to go shopping – vintage shopping, going to flea markets, antique shops. i love going to museums, checking out bands. i live in brooklyn so there’s always something to do, it’s really fun, especially in summertime – i’m in williamsburg right by the waterfront so there are always fun things going on.

how would you describe your personal style?
it’s kindof a mix of a lot of things – classic, gypsy, masculine, feminine, a little rock and roll. my style icons are people like coco chanel, patti smith, jane birkin, annie hall, stevie nicks – i’m in a kind of stevie nicks obsession right now. there’s definitely a 70s, hippie, gypsy kindof feel to things, i love mixing old and new. and a lot of black.

what do you like to wear on stage? do you go for comfort or style?
i like to try to go for both. i used to always dress up when i would be on stage, like i would wear a skirt or heels… but i like to feel a bit more masculine now when i’m on stage so i like to wear flats or boots, but i do like to dress up a little – it’s hard for me to wear jeans and a t-shirt. and i always have to have some jewelry.

at free people we’re all animal lovers – do you have a pet?
no i don’t but i would love a pet – i’m obsessed with dogs! but when you’re always on the road it’s hard and also living in new york i feel like i want to have a yard for it. i personally love pugs – i’m one of those annoying people that when i see them i have to stop and pet them.

where do you draw inspiration for your music?
i definitely draw from personal experience. this first album was really inspired by my life, my childhood, it was kind of an album about the past. about my relationships and my whole range of human emotion whether its triumph or joy, loneliness, depression. it was really kind of derived from this transition between my childhood and adulthood in a way…so that’s sort of where i drew my inspiration from on this album. now that i’ve got that out of the way i can focus on my present inspiration and things that i’m doing and feeling currently as opposed to having it be so much in the past… but yeah it is quite personal.

so what do you have coming up in the near future?
i’m almost done touring now, and i’m going to asia in ten days. then when i come back i’m pretty much done for a while and i’m just going to focus entirely on the second album because i’m dying to get it done. i’ve been working on this first album for such a long time that i’m just really ready to move on to something else now.

what’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced being a musician?
the most challenging thing is just sticking with it when you have so many people that are kinda like “yeah, that’s cool but i don’t know…” people who just aren’t really understanding it, they don’t really get it, and you have to constantly work through that. even though you have people that are putting you down or closing doors you have to keep believing, believing, believing. that was always a challenge for me, to stay focused and positive when there are so many opportunities to just say “you know what, i give up.” that’s the most challenging thing, just staying with it. you have to learn patience and you have to keep believing. i’ve always had people, fortunately, that believe in me and are really supportive.

what does free mean to you?
free means choice. being able to choose what you want to do…being able to dictate your life.

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check out her myspace page and listen to her music, it’s really lovely.

thank you so much diane!

NGZ -Jul 20, 2010, 12:48PM
great interview..i'm going to have to check out her music.

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she’s a wanderer of the land.  her connection to the earth beneath her feet is strong- she feels the presence of those who walked here before her. this comes across in her style through her worn, ripped denim, heavy brown vintage leather and hair tangled up in braids. turquoise, rust and natural colors that come from the earth accent her jewelry and accessories. the open landscape of the southwest calls to her with its wild horses, dust storms and fields of cacti that burst with beautiful flowers. she hears music in the wind.

here are some images this trend brought to mind…

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check out our southwest boho shop here!

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Shiela -Jul 20, 2010, 7:05PM
Love love love! It's post like this that remind me why I have a passion for fibers!
-Jul 20, 2010, 4:34PM
the clothes are absolutely gorgous and the photos are breath-taking. who's the photographer??

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this is the lovely georgia of the blog dora’s fur – doesn’t she look adorable? our creative design assistant snapped this photo of her yesterday. apparently the shorts used to be a skirt that she altered herself! they are super cute and i love the knotted shirt look- so effortless and cool for summer.

-Jul 18, 2010, 2:54PM
super web sight keep rocking

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there’s nothing better than summer nights when the sun goes down, you’re slightly sunburnt, and a chill takes over the air.  our selection of new cardigans are the perfect solution! which is your favorite?

the long sleeve everywhere jacket cardi:

the pin wheel cardi:

the we the free navajo cardigan:
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the le petit godard jacket:
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or the desert drifter cardi:
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the winner of our outfits poll was outfit number three with 44% of the vote!

Shannon -Jul 15, 2010, 10:32PM
Navajo cardi has such a nice shape to it that I voted for it even tho I hate the colours on it.
Breanna -Jul 15, 2010, 9:08PM
Pinwheel's my fav, might be on fault of the stunning model but I like to think not.

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our stylists’ picks for this week are the taverniti 5 pocket destroy cargo and the fritz bows & arrows clog!

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“these pants are so versatile – you can dress them up or down.  wear them with a graphic tee and a scarf for a cute casual look, or dress them up with the black seamless tupelo honey top, the fritz bows & arrows clog (our other pick for this week) and a dressy bag.  it’s great to see cargo pants in a skinnier fit so they can be sexy!  plus military is still going to be a huge trend this fall.”

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casual: we the free graphic wings tee; deck shoe.
dressy: seamless tupelo honey top; doub’s woven crossbody; fritz bows & arrows clog.

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“these clogs are SO comfortable! they look amazing with the sock trend that’s going on right now – they look really cute with over the knee or slouchy socks.  wear them now with cutoff shorts and a tank, and carry them into the fall with tights and a bodycon dress!”

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summer/casual: we the free lacey burnout tunic; cutoff skinny slouchruffle slouch sock.
fall/dressy: solid poison ivy tunic; opaque tights; graham & spencer open stitch sweater.

-Jul 15, 2010, 6:21PM
Love the clogs just wish they came in smaller sizes! boo hoo!

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