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sarah, a long time member of the free people family, used to work with us here at the home office as an accessories designer, but more recently she has launched her own line of jewelry.  she has a shop in philadelphia called adorn, and her work has won several awards and has been featured in juried shows and exhibitions.  we are so excited to welcome her back as a featured jewelry designer!

a lover of nature, sarah was introduced to metalworking and lapidary (the process of taking raw materials like stones, minerals and gemstones and transforming them into decorative items) while living in arizona.  she loves crystals and minerals and creating simple settings that showcase the natural beauty of the stones, as well as combining materials like glass, silver and stones in unique ways. the result is a small-scale wearable sculpture that is earthy and bohemian, but modern and fashionable.  the use of raw, earthy materials, stones, feathers and dream catchers make her jewelry a perfect fit for the natural, free-spirited girl.  sarah appreciates the preciousness of jewelry, and most of her pieces are one-of-a-kind, making them even more special.

sarah also draws inspiration from everything around her and everything she does, including fashion, travel, music, her family and friends – we are inspired by her and all that she has become!

check out sarah’s jewelry featured throughout the march catalog, and on our website.

-May 29, 2010, 1:21PM
shes on etsy too. :)
marrie -Mar 10, 2010, 3:31PM
Seems a bit overpriced to me. I've seen better pieces on ETSY.COM for more reasonable prices. Beautiful nonetheless.

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i had surgery on my ankle yesterday and these flowers and card from my coworkers seriously made my day. thanks so much you guys -  i miss you! xo

przeciski -Oct 19, 2011, 1:55AM
Great post! Thank you
Katie Stephenson -Mar 09, 2010, 3:06PM
Feel better soon. That card is so darn cute.

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Post image for item we love…the ruffle bottom slip!

this item looks adorable on its own but the best thing about it is you can layer it with other pieces to create so many different looks! check out these photos of our beautiful fp highland park girls in some awesome outfits they created with the ruffle bottom slip:

with the sunshine coast tunic & stripe ruffle blazer.

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with the fp one floral tunic (similar to our burbank tunic).

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with the remington plaid shirt & spliced grommet waist belt.

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with the davenport beach tunic.

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with the we the free scoopneck tunic and holster belt.

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with the we the free butterfly shadows tank.

don’t they make lovely models? :) you can find the slip on our website, here.

Valerie -Mar 09, 2011, 2:52PM
Just bought this skirt in black and can't wait to wear it with MY Burbank, Remington and Davenport tunics!
suzi -Jun 16, 2010, 2:02PM
just found this post and love it! phenomenal stylist! love your catalogs & the way you show us how to make So Many different outfits from your pieces! you help me to put it all together and FP works with much of my wardrobe... important to me! Thanks!

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Fp One

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Here’s a bit of insight into one of our Exclusive Brands!!!

Fp One is a very inspiring ‘Gem’ within the Free People community. I chatted with the brains behind the Fp One brand on the phone the other day, about how this label came about and couldn’t help but be slightly overwhelmed by her tales and experiences.

The designer for Fp One has lived in India for 20 years. Whilst visiting, she became intrigued and inspired by how these beautiful Indian workers, worked so effectively from their homes using traditional hand crafted techniques. She found herself joining these workers and getting involved in the process alongside them “ It was very hands on, and became very effective with the design process” She helped them make traditional techniques modern, to create items that now contribute to Free people’s top sellers!

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The design details used on the Fp One garments are ideas that came from the design elements in the Free People stores like the Hangers, Curtains, Cushion covers and the mannequins. The designer for Fp One would play around with found fabrics that were easy and accessible to obtain, to create one-of-a kind fashion pieces with amazing character to them. You’ll find that most of the Fp One items are never the same as another in its style group.

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Click here to view Crinkled Skirt

With the crinkle items that are doing well for us at the moment a technique is used that has been inhabited by the Indian workers for over 100 years, it’s a traditional technique made effective.

When the Fp One designer finds fabrics that are great she likes to push them to the best of their ability. Say for instance the Muslin Voile fabric that is used for the shopper bag in stores – it is also used for the ‘ends in sequins dress’ and the ‘petticoat dress’ featured on the front cover of the March Catalog – yep the same fabric can you believe it.

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The Fp one items have a huge exclusivity appeal about them, just like vintage items do. I love how crafted each one is, the raw-ness of them and the delicate nature they have.

They are precious in more ways than one!

Lisa Weisker -May 05, 2012, 12:50PM
I,too find most of your clothing a bit steep for my budget RIGHT now but will continue to go to your page to look @ all the luciousness you have to offer.FP has the lovliest clothing and all is to my taste...
Ashley -Mar 05, 2011, 12:56PM
I'm in love with free people. The clothes are beautiful, especially the vintage items. Everything is amazingly creative and I can't stop going through the site and looking at all the beautiful clothing. It's inspiring. I just wish the clothing was cheaper. My budget doesn't even let me touch the stuff on sale. I come from a middle-class family and am still waiting to get my own job, as I'm a teenager. I think you would be very much influential if you created a line for the more common range of prices. I think you guys could do it and revolutionize fashion. Just an idea(;

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romper room

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i really love rompers right now. i definitely want to get a couple and will probably live in them all summer! i was thinking about these special pieces and wondering about when they first came to be… thought i’d share the little history with you.

rompers first became popular in the 1950s as beach/lounge wear! as the trend caught on, designers dressed them up a little so they could also be worn in more formal occasions too.
now, they’re everything from cute, casual, dressy, beachy, and everything in between.

they’re just a great look – and another reason i cannot wait for spring :)

check out our rompers here.

Lea -Mar 05, 2010, 2:29PM
I so agree, rompers are adorable and can't wait to wear them. Thanks for lovely history review! :)
sally p -Mar 04, 2010, 4:44PM
i cant wait for spring and you can't go wrong with rompers

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how is everyone’s day going so far? ready for the thursday poll?

last week i asked about our rompers and we came extremely close to having a tie for the winner! the linen corset romper got 249 votes, and was just beat out by the we the free bookworm romper, which got 253 votes!

this week i’m really loving all the feather accessories we have in – they add such a natural, free-spirited touch to an outfit.  which do you like best?

the feather earrings:

the sienna earring:

the woodstock dangle earring:
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the leaping feather & chain necklace:
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the suede & feather chain necklace:
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the feather luck pendant:
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i love them all! those sienna earrings are making me actually consider getting my ears pierced… now vote away!

Tori -Mar 04, 2010, 2:43PM
They are all gorgeous... I love the use of natural elements. I did have to go with one of the necklaces though - my ears aren't pierced, but these earrings make me wish they were!
Johanna -Mar 04, 2010, 2:03PM
i already have the wooodstock earrings are gorgeous!! but i have to say the feather earrings are calling my name now,,,they are soo beaUTIFUL!!! :)))

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“don’t cry because it’s over.  smile because it happened.”  – dr. seuss

what was your favorite dr. seuss book?  mine was always the cat in the hat…i loved thing 1 and thing 2  :)

Emily -Mar 28, 2010, 10:26AM
I like "the Lorax" very much. Theres a quote I thought would go good on this site. My friend told me about it a while ago and we cried when we heard it. "Today you are you that is truer than true there is no one alive that is youer than you"-Dr. Seuss
Marilyn -Mar 03, 2010, 9:19PM
My favorite was The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. :D Its the best! Its about a kid who tried to take off his hat for the king but there is always a hat underneath. Most of the book is the king trying to take his hat off.

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Post image for a few of our lovely fans…

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beautiful photos, ladies! keep ‘em coming :)

vanessa -Mar 02, 2010, 6:18PM
mary - they did do a fan catalog a couple months ago! it was beautiful
Amber's Notebook -Mar 02, 2010, 10:10AM
I rocked some free people yesterday! http://www.ambersnotebook.com/2010/03/look-of-day-you-gotta-get-that-dirt-off.html

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you may remember i posted some photos not too long ago giving you a little sneak peak at a fun new video we did for the blog that follows one of our fp girls around at work for a few days to give you a little glimpse into her world. well today i’ve got the video for you!

i’m very excited to bring you a (few) day(s) in the life of  a free people designer!

song is “end of the world” by shocking pinks.

eva -Mar 04, 2010, 12:16AM
What an amazing job that would be. I would love more videos like this!
Jen -Mar 01, 2010, 11:48PM
I would like to email something to the free people blog, could you email me so i get the address and write back.

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tessar lo

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i posted one of tessar lo’s paintings a while back…but i keep coming back to his work so i wanted to post some more.  i love the elephants that are in a lot of his work!

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view more of his work here.

Free People girls

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One of our creative’s put together a lovely snapshot of each girl that categorizes each of our trends. So now you can put a visual image to each name.The girls are all from past catalogs, which is even better!

I thought they were kinda cool and a good way to adapt to the looks in the future. So here you go. Maybe they’ll stick in your mind too.

Candy  = the lacey, pretty girl

Meadow = the bohemian girl

Ginger = the body con girl

Sandy  = the beach girl

Lou    = the boy girl

Which girl do you think you are?   

We’d love to know!

Jan -Dec 15, 2012, 8:57AM
Well categorized. I am Lau type.
Stefanie -May 17, 2012, 6:00PM
a combination of sandy and lou without a doubt!

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i first heard about jewelry designer eric saeter when i spotted one of his rings on another fp girl and i instantly fell in love. now that we’re carrying a couple of his pieces i asked eric some questions about his work and inspiration. what did i learn? that in addition to making rad jewelry- he’s also just a really cool, nice guy.

how long have you been designing jewelry?
i began designing jewelry A/W 08/09. it was something i had always dreamt of doing; one of those ideas that kicks around until the day you say to yourself “so when is better than now?” and you do it. turns out the process is a natural extension of my love and work in the fields of fashion and art.

how did you begin designing jewelry?
frustrated by a lack of decent and/or imaginative men’s rings at the time — that is, rings over size 11 — i decided to do it right and do it myself. it was very inspiring to watch my work travel around the world to be worn by such different people in such wildly different contexts from my own. it was almost like vicarious experience. now i’m addicted!

can you briefly explain the casting process/how you make your pieces?
the process begins with an intuition for translating ideas to wearable shapes. i find that direct approach (grab a knife, start hackin!) facilitates better final product — where sketching and planning can hinder my creativity. i “invest” my model in a high-temperature plaster and heat it to temps into the thousands to burn out a cavity that is eventually replaced by silver or gold. i use both vacuum casting and centrifugal casting which suck or throw metal into the cavity, respectively. it takes a good day (or longer) to complete all of the steps of the casting process, and each step demands a precision i never had anticipated.

where do you draw inspiration for your work?
surrealism in cinema, in art, in literature. high fashion, penrose and aperiodic tiling, arabesques, rainforests, science, rococo. i come up with some designs as a symbol to supplant the lack of a place or feeling too distant or too difficult to immediately experience; a deep cave, a dream, the rainforest, historical events, a ritual. i want to extend people into these places with symbols that attach them to imagined spaces.

who are your heroes?
jean-luc godard, yves st laurent, vladamir nobokov, karl lagerfeld, gabriel garcia marquez, abdul mati klarwein, augustin lesage. there’s a revolving cast.

if you weren’t a designer, what would you do?
i would probably be painting and drawing more, as well as scavenging creative people to conceive fashion editorials with (for a long time i was photographing models). i would probably also still be modeling to fund my creative projects.

what are your favorite hobbies?
i like making things with my hands, drawing, finding fresh art and media. i love communicating with imaginative people, the further from reality the better. traveling is such a liberating activity that i wish i could say i did enough of. maybe i will try harder this year to do that. after all i never feel more at home than when i am a long way from familiar paths.

if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
one: a ring by yours truly — you never know when an un-contacted tribe could appear and eat you. leading researchers in this field suggest that my jewelry effortlessly implies one may be of heavenly origin. two: an awesome hand-crank wheatgrass machine. three: a seed bank. is that cheating? from there i could grow stuff to look at, grow stuff to chomp, and grow building materials also! bamboo viaduct! hello!?!?

the above images are from eric’s blog and tumblr, where he posts lots of really great inspirational stuff along with images of his work. and check out his mountain gold necklace and pyramids ring on our website!

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