I get a little curious sometimes. I like to get inside the minds of other people here @ the office and find out what’s making them tick and then maybe it will make me tick too.
I asked one of our Senior Buyers for Web what’s inspiring her at the moment. she’s one of those girls who always look stylish and on trend but adds little bits of quirkiness to her everyday look I sneek a glimpse at her almost everday and I’m never disapointed.
So here’s her lowdown on her style file;
“Hey! I’m loving heavy metal rings, knuckle rings and body armor jewelry and I’m loving big vintage kimonos worn as coats or jackets.
I’m loving the whole Chloe range too :) the little sensible satchels are gorge.
That 70’s mum vibe is rocking me. xxx”
OMG I forgot I am OBSESSED with Isabel Marants Fall collection .
i am thrilled to introduce you to our new concept intern! i know a lot of you were very interested in this position and curious to see who we hired, so read on to get to know her a little bit and to see more of the beautiful concept boards that she put together. the one below was the overall inspiration board that she submitted with her application for the internship – she did an amazing job!
“When I flipped through magazines in search of tears to use in my inspiration board, I tried to keep an eye out for photos that exuded the Free People energy that has pulled so many hearts toward the brand. I sprinkled elephants, birds, and gems like vintage inspired lockets and beaded silk bracelets here and there to represent the freedom, love of life, and pull towards the one-of-a-kind that is so prevalent in the Free People aesthetic.”
Where are you going to school and what will you study?
I have just graduated high school and will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall. I hope to double major in English and Visual Studies.
What is your dream job?
I am floating in it! Ever since I first discovered Free People I have dreamed of becoming a FP girl! Even before I encountered the brand I knew that what I wanted most from a workplace was to be surrounded by an endless outpour of creative energy, and Free People epitomizes this ideal. From the moment I stepped into Building 15 I knew I had found it.
How would you describe your personal style? What are your favorite items from free people right now?
I love to wear pieces that are comfortable but make their presence known to me when I’m wearing them—clothes that, when put on, summon images to me and make me feel like I am in some distant land only realized in my dreams. My favorite Free People items now are the Paisly Garden Printed Tank, Vlatava Convertible Skirt, Military Ruffle Jacket, and the New Crinkle Floral Dress.
What color are you?
I’d like to think lime green because that is my favorite color… but I really alternate between mellow yellow and a deep, gray-tinged violet.
What is your motto?
In terms of survival: live and let live :)
In terms of personal philosophy: butterflies are free, and so are we.
What is your favorite hobby?
Running used to put me in my place of Zen, but ever since my shins decided to get injured, I have turned to tennis to fill that role. I also cannot think of a more uplifting activity than playing with my mischief maker, Rambo (who also happens to live up to his name).
If you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?
I would love to spend a day with Roger Waters or David Gilmour of Pink Floyd to learn what went through their head when they wrote such brilliant lyrics and produced such beautiful melodies. I would also have loved to spend a day with the creative genius that was Alexander McQueen.
With this concept I strived to capture the fleeting moment of bliss that, when experienced, seems to last a lifetime. I chose colors and blended photos in order to achieve a mood of serenity, and featured girls adorned in ruffles and lace to characterize the optimistic, girly Free People girl that wears her heart on her sleeve and soaks up life. I chose to accessorize the board with rings and brooches that bring to mind images of translucent waters and cloud-crinkled skies.
this concept board is set in the heart of September—that time when a trace still remains of the warmth of summer but the chill of oncoming October begins to settle over the land. The inspiration centers around a girl who is relaxed, cool, and calm and wears clothes that reflect those same qualities. It is Sunday morning and she runs to the market to pick up fresh vegetables and basks in the tranquility of the a.m.. To balance the tomboy elements in her look, she highlights her femininity (and her rocker edge) through subtle sparkle by implementing marcasite rings and brooches and clothing with stud embellishments into her wardrobe.
This mood board encompasses everything that is girly and sweet about the Free People Girl. Flowers strike her fancy…so what does the Free People girl do? She wears them, of course. In this collage, the flower child can be found blossoming underwater or else reading within terrestrial jurisdiction, as well as pedaling through the town, leaving a trail of silk behind her.
Whenever I hear the word ‘stripes’ used in the fashion the thought of Mods and Rockers of the late 1950’s early 60’s spring to mind.
Twiggy, The Who, Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol and his Factory are all icons that I associate with this trend.
Stripes are back again but not so 60’s this time around; think subtle, playful, girly stripes that give a pinch of boy, we’re moving away from the bold black and white signature stripe that has been so dominate in the past to a new refreshing, colour palette. Just look at what the designers for Spring Summer 2010 achieved.
Crazy coloured stripes, contrast stripes and stripes worked into knitwear. I think I might be a wee conscious to walk out in the red and blue Marc Jacobs number, However the cute little numbers in our Stripe shopwill work just fine for me.
earlier this week i received an email about this amazing cause that i wanted to share. off the mat into the world is a non-profit organization that uses the power of yoga to inspire conscious, sustainable activism and ignite grassroots social change. each year, they sponsor an international service project called the global seva challenge, with a different focus each time. this year’s seva challenge is focused on HIV/AIDS prevention and education in south africa and one of the many events they are attending to raise awareness for this cause is the wanderlust festival! the woman who contacted me, christina, also told me about these amazing wristbands and anklets that you can purchase to support the cause that are handwoven from recycled materials. i love them and i think one would make a beautiful addition to the collection of bracelets piling up on my wrist!
the days are heating up and summer is just around the corner…time for long days of lounging in the sun followed by wild summer nights. our current summer nights trend is all about the items you can rock all day long and then dress up with accessories to wear straight out at night. i love our selection of body con dresses that are perfect for this trend. which one do you like best??
we’re heading down to bonnaroo in a few days and i’m hoping we have some time to make a quick stop in nashville to do some exploring! if we do, there are a couple of vintage shops that i would love to check out…
first is imogene and willie, a store that’s one-of-a-kind in itself, located in a retrofitted gas station on 12th avenue south in nashville. while they specialize in premium, customized denim that they make right there on the spot, they have a selection of vintage cowboy boots, bags and accessories that i’d love to dig through. not to mention it is owned and run by a husband and wife team who’s adorable dog you’ll likely find lounging on the couch, and in the evenings they’ll often have live music and happy hour :)
the other shop i’d love to check out, called venus and mars, is partly owned by karen elson – singer and wife of jack white. driving by the simple house on belmont ave (not far from imogene and willie) you might not even notice it but step inside and a fantasy world of vintage lies before you – while imogene and willie might appeal more to our tomboyish lou customer, venus and mars would defnitely intrigue the candys out there. the store carries high end, rare vintage garments as well as less expensive, colorful and girly vintage dresses and jewelry. says elson, “vintage isn’t just an old hand-me-down but a one-of-a-kind garment with a wonderful story.”
above image of karen elson from recent feature in nylon magazine.
i really love the store’s website, too – it’s set up like an old book that you flip through.
karlee bloomfield is a talented gal- she plays keyboard and sings backup for the quincy mumford band, who make music they describe as “earnest pop with a touch of funk and a saltwater twang.” in addition to being the house band at jersey’s historic stone pony they’re on the lineup for a couple of big festivals this year, including gathering of the vibes (in connecticut) and musikfest (in bethlehem, PA). karlee happens to be a big fan of free people and in interviewing her for the blog i learned she’s also pretty rad :)
how long have you been playing keyboards?
i have been playing keyboards since i was old enough to sit on a piano bench all by myself. my parents bought a digital grand piano, about a year before i was born – my mom said she had a feeling that she should put a piano in the house. the fact that she thought that is still kind of wild to me. as a toddler, i was fascinated by all the controls on the piano, and eventually i knew just how to work it so that i would get the sounds i wanted. it was pretty much my favorite toy growing up. i started taking formal lessons at the age of 5, and have been playing and taking lessons ever since, so that makes it about twelve years now.
when i was seven years old, i met andy letke, who became my piano teacher and later my most important mentor…he is still my teacher today. i study classical Piano, and attend an after school program where i study bass guitar, drums and vocals.
my true love is playing and jamming with my band. i absolutely love the music we play. we like to call it, “FEEL GOOD MUSIC”. it is the kind of music that makes you feel happy when you listen to it. it is like a really great beach day!
who are some of your personal musical influences?
page mcconnell from phish, john paul jones from led zeppelin, herbie hancock, jeff paris from keb mo’s band, and a local artist named matt wade. oh, and grace potter from grace potter and the nocturals, that girl can rock the hammond organ like no other female musician i know! i actually played a show with her last year, which was a really cool experience. VH1 filmed the show for a documentary about the influence of woodstock on today’s up and coming musicians – definitely an experience for the memory book!
if you could see any band (past or present) live in concert, who would it be?
i’d definitely have to say led zeppelin. their musicianship was amazing, plus robert plant was a hunk back in the day.
(i am totally with you on that one karlee!!)
what is your favorite place that you’ve travelled to?
there are so many places, but i would have to say florida, because we traveled there as a band. we’re like one big family on the road, we have so much fun together. we have played down there a couple of times now, and the weather has always been perfect! it is so nice to leave NJ when it is chilly, and in 20 hours be back in t-shirts and flip flops. and i can honestly say that every time we play in florida or anywhere on the coast, i am always wearing my free people dresses :)
if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
first and foremost my keyboard, second, an endless supply of fruit, and third would definitely be my diary! i am a girl who loves to write, draw, eat fruit and play music – keeping it simple!
how would you describe your personal style? what are some of your favorite free people items?
i am a hippie chick through and through. i love wearing little dresses, and as a matter of fact one of my favorite dresses is a floral free people dress with gold trim on it (the ends in sequins dress). it’s so cute, and looks great on stage! in fact, i just wore it to a show we played at.
winter, spring, summer or fall?
i really don’t enjoy the cold weather too much. i love playing out on a warm, breezy summer night – that is the best feeling in the entire world to me.
what is your motto?
whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.
what inspires you on a daily basis?
the desire to improve my art, to bring as many people into my life as possible, and to be happy and to make others happy!
what’s coming up for the quincy mumford band?
this summer, the quincy mumford band is up to some great things. we are looking forward to playing the main stage at the gathering of the vibes festival in connecticut july 29th -aug 1st. at the festival we will be playing with some of the biggest names such as: furthur, robert randolph, damian marley and so many others. we are counting down the days to this festival! i am sure there will be lots of people in free people clothing there. in addition, we are already scheduled to play the summer stage in asbury park opening for umphrey’s mcgee and donavon frankenreiter. we are also the house band for the legendary stone pony in asbury park (home of bruce springsteen), where we host “feel good thursday”, every other thursday -we’re creating a little mini-festival vibe there.
We’re intrigued by fashion everyday – it stimulates, inspires, and influences everything we do. We’re always looking for the freshest trends and the newest movements in street style and boho fashion, and we constantly fuel our ideas with the best from fashion culture.