Post image for remembering martin luther king, jr.

with martin luther king, jr. day falling in the wake of the tragedy in haiti, the words of dr. king seem especially poignant…and remind us to think about what we can do, not just in a time of need like now, but on a daily basis, to make the world a better place.

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you may remember this post i did a while back about the incredibly talented photographer jennilee marigomen.  well she sent me an email last week about an upcoming show she’s curating (more info on that below), and i decided to ask her some questions for the blog!

what is your favorite thing to photograph?
“strange things that don’t really belong, everyday phenomena.”

do you carry a camera around with you at all times?
“yes -  if i don’t have an SLR with me, i usually have a yashica T4 in my bag.”

What inspires you on a daily basis?
“negative space, nature, music and light. and tumblr. :)”

if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
“a teepee, canoe, and a camera.”

how did you get involved with 01 magazine?
“i met vancouver based stylist redia soltis in 2008 while we worked on a photo shoot for clothing designers beth richards and brian mendoza. we kept in contact and a few months later, redia and artist nathalee paolinelli approached me about working on 01 magazine. we took a trip to portland to work on our first issue and hit it off instantly. we are working on our fifth issue right now and feel very lucky to have such a great team and awesome people wanting to collaborate and contribute.”

if you weren’t a photographer, what would you do?
“i currently work in the creative marketing department for a canadian clothing distributor, and really love it.  i think that working on photography focused art events for a living would be so amazing too.”

what is your theme song?
“it’s hard to decide.. but “smog in cities” by black moth super rainbow has been my ringtone for the past year.”

if you could go anywhere in the world, free of cost, where would you go?
“iceland’s natural landscape, filled with hot springs, geysers and glaciers are so magnificent and transcendent – the photos i’ve seen look unreal. i think that iceland encompasses everything that i love to photograph. i would be thrilled to see it in person someday.”

if you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?
“mark borthwick or andy goldsworthy.”

here’s just a small sample of jennilee’s amazing work:

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i definitely recommend checking out more of her work on her website.

the show that she curated is called stream, a photograph projection show that will take place in two locations (baltimore’s pent house gallery and l.a.’s space 15 twenty) on january 22nd at 8pm. for more info click here.

thanks so much jennilee!!

maggie&casey -Jan 16, 2010, 11:20PM
so inspiring! love the blog, and free people! It would be great if you could check out our blog&tell people about it. We own many free people stuff and love it, you can see that on our site:) thanks! xxxxxxxx. mcscloset http://mcscloset.blogspot.com

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I’m almost done with Winter, aren’t you? I’m bored of the dull weather and more importantly the DULL colour scheme in my wardrobe!

So I’ve decided. Note to self- that from now on I’m going to introduce a little bit of ditsy floral into the mass of Grays, Blacks, and Browns that are over consuming my rails. I thought maybe it will work as a “perk me up” and contribute to the excitment of spring that follows. You never know.

This morning I created myself a little capsule wardrobe from the New In items on the web. So many beautiful items have been launched this week!

All that’s left to do now is count the days until Spring.

claireabelle -Jan 18, 2010, 11:16AM
Its time to brave the cold like a little snow drop and showcase all things ditsy and pretty.......i so cant wait!!xxxxxx
vanessa naish -Jan 17, 2010, 1:48PM
This is so cute good plan i say!xx

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i love this new shirt we have.  and purely by coincidence, i came across these awesome street art installations.

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…because sometimes the little things really can brighten your day.

for more info on the installations click here. the second and last one are photos sent in by fans.

Sami Sandonato -Jan 20, 2010, 11:34PM
I love this tank top and post, I just wrote a post on my blog and pointed out how much I love this tank top. http://samisandonato.blogspot.com/ p.s. i love the free people blog as much as I love the clothing!! :)
nina / disjointed lullabies -Jan 15, 2010, 11:57AM
so lovely! added a smile to my face immediately :)

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Post image for thursday poll – edition 77

wow, we had a huge turnout for last week’s poll on swim styles! 895 votes! the majority went to the blossom printed ruffle one piece, with 343 votes.

this week i want to ask about some of our novelty denim styles – we have a bunch of new ones and i want to know which you like best!

the fp skinny sequin jean:

the genetic denim sweatpant:

the kensie denim romper:
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the fp stud super skinny jean:
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or the fp knit waistband jean:
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Post image for prague: street style

in continuing with our exploration of all things prague, here’s a look at some stylin’ ladies on the streets of prague!

to get this easy, layered look, try items like our stirrup leggings, high waisted scrunch skirt, a leather jacket or blazer, and a comfy tank or tee.

above images found here.

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oana_mayo -Jan 14, 2010, 2:19PM
The first and 2nd are really nice.And the ring is strange...in a good way.
fp julia -Jan 14, 2010, 12:51PM
hi! the ring is from here: http://www.verameat.com/collection/12 lots of amazing stuff :)

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lennon wall

when i first saw the photos from our new catalog, i was immediately curious about the graffiti covered wall.  i did a little research and found out that it was named the lennon wall following the death of john lennon in 1980.  since then it has been covered with graffiti pertaining to lennon and his lyrics, as well as notions of peace.  during the period of communist rule in the late 1980′s in prague, western music by artists like lennon was banned. young people would write their grievances on this wall, eventually leading to a clash between them and police on the nearby charles bridge. this movement was referred to by the czech authorities as “lennonism.”

despite attempts to repaint the wall, the graffiti kept coming back and is now tolerated… right on.

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Storage Marple -Jul 28, 2010, 3:43AM
Added to my favourites list and added to my blogroll.
mcgriddle -Jan 16, 2010, 1:47PM
Wonderful post -- why don't you have a "print this" button?

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a little while back, one of our team members showed me this post about artist jessica robles, who does really cute illustrations of shoes…we approached jessica and asked if she had any interest in drawing some free people shoes, and she was happy to!  check ‘em out, along with her description of why she picked each one…

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here illustrations look just like the real thing!

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clockwise from top left: cody buckle back boot, thelma’s oxford, belle strappy ankle boot, cut out eyelet bootie.

check out more of her work on her blog.

thanks jessica! you’re so talented!!

abeautifulparty -Feb 10, 2010, 12:20PM
Yay! I love Jessica and her amazing artwork!
regina camarillo -Jan 15, 2010, 12:22AM
incredible how she can draw does shoes! its amazing!!!! love iTTT! veeeery talented! im from mexico and love this blog and free people clothes

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haiti

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our hearts go out to all the victims of the devastation in haiti.

free people will be making a donation to american red cross to help communities affected by the earthquake.

Zola -Jan 15, 2010, 6:27PM
I think that it is great that people are donating to the country but... i also think that it is sad that it took such a horrible NATURAL disaster to make the world actually pay attestation to the UNNATURAL atrocities that have occurring within the country for a ridicules amount of time..it is also even sadder that the majority of these things are still going unnoticed.. -just my 2 sense

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Post image for meet our new fashion blogger!!

i am especially excited to introduce you all to our new fashion blogger…you’ll be hearing much more from her in the future here on the blog, where she’ll be the yin to my yang :)

so here’s a little more about her (transcribed below)

what is your theme song?
i would say HOTEL CALIFORNIA by the eagles (the live version though, the one with the spanish guitar intro).  this song brings happy thoughts.

if you could go anywhere in the world, free of cost, where would you go?
NORWAY definitely, to see the northern lights, has been on my list to do before i pass away for years!

if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
a canoe, so i can go out into the ocean, a sketch book to keep my mind off things, a dog for company.

what is the one article of clothing you can’t live without?

my friendship bracelets, i love them, i have an obsession with collecting one everywhere i go.

what is your biggest fear?
growing old alone.

winter, spring, summer or fall?
“…all you have to do is call”
SUMMER – campouts, warm sunshine, glowy skin, sandals, cute summer dresses. everyone’s happy in the summer.

what color are you?
MINT, I think mint sums me up perfectly :)

what is your motto?
ALWAYS believe in your dreams

What is your favorite hobby?
creating visual diaries, i have an O.C.D.!!!

if you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?

i would love to spend the day with devendra banhart.  i think the day would be very colorful and full of giggles and weirdness.  PERFECT!

be on the lookout for posts from our fashion blogger, and check out her bio here!

fp julia -Mar 01, 2010, 2:09PM
hi alexandra! we'd be happy to answer your questions, please send them to blog@freepeople.com!
Alexandra Cooley -Feb 28, 2010, 9:13PM
Hello! My name is Alexandra Cooley, I am currently a sophomore studying Fashion Merchandising at Philadelphia University. I am taking Retail Strategy this semester and have a few questions about the Free People blog, BLDG15. I would love your input and suggestions. I hope this finds you, have a great Monday! Alexandra Cooley cooley4994@philau.edu

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as you now know, our january catalog was shot in prague…but why?

our team chose the location because it is bohemia. the term bohemian gets mentioned quite often in fashion, and it is definitely a huge influence on the free people aesthetic. but did you know that it refers to the untraditional lifestyle of writers, artists and musicians who came to europe by way of bohemia, the area now known as the czech republic? our team also liked the idea of going to prague because it is a fairytale city untouched by wars. not to mention, both the photographer (david mushegain, who also shot our december book) and our creative director both lived in prague at earlier points in their lives, so they are familiar with the city.

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these beautiful photos were shot by our producer during their trip…more to come!

Riley -Jan 13, 2010, 10:56AM
These pictures are BEAUTIFUL!!!! I can't wait to look at the catalog!
angie -Jan 13, 2010, 9:46AM
I love Praha!!! I looked at the new catalogue briefly last night but it was not until this morning that I realized the photo's were shot in Prague. I honestly did not pay any attention to the background until I found a dress that I liked (the Hundred Spires Dress) and thought "wow that reminds me of Prague". I will keep this catalogue because it reminds me of my trip several years ago...Thanks Free People for bringing back great memories :-)

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