i’m not sure why, but i really love feathers…
patch nyc is a collaboration of two talented artists and designers – don carney and jon ross. we here at fp instantly fell in love with their one-of-a-kind pieces and are excited to feature them as one of our favorite designers! the patch nyc collection is vintage inspired, but also maintains a strong contemporary look. to create their latest collection they experimented with a variety of metal finishing techniques to obtain a weathered quality that adds to their jewelry’s character by giving it a rough edge. the collection features a collage of vintage pieces mixed with newer findings, using charms, stones and beads to create something special that is both modern and old, and undeniably unique.
check out the jewelry by patch on our website!
you might recognize this gal from our latest catalog…her name is michele ouellet and not only is she beautiful but she’s also a pretty rad person. if you weren’t jealous of her already, this napa valley native also makes her own wine…read on for brief interview with michele!
if you weren’t a model, what would you want to do?
i would make wine! bam! already do! maybe i would be some type of spy also…
when and why did you start making wine?
last year my family helped me start my brand as a 21st bday present. if you grow up in the napa valley, chances are you get into the wine biz.
what is your theme song?
“today was a good day” by ice cube
what is your favorite place that you’ve traveled to?
tokyo is crazy cool in every possible way and the bahamas are heaven on earth!!!!
if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
magical unlimited tiki bar, all my friends, and a camera to document our adventures.
what is the one article of clothing you can’t live without?
my leather biker bitch jacket
what is your biggest fear?
i really try not to live in fear
winter, spring, summer or fall?
summer 4 eva
what color are you?
if you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?
peter pan and the lost boys
what inspires you on a daily basis?
life and death and all the rest
what is your motto?
never lose! always winning! #1
that’s her on the wine label, which was photographed by david mushegain, who also shot our december catalog. check out lorenza wine’s website, lorenzawine.com, and stop by michele’s blog, kissser.com!
these wedding photos are absolutely gorgeous…the beautiful bride, who works in our new york showroom, was kind enough to share them for the blog. the wedding took place at the hotel dupont in wilmington, delaware, and the outdoor portraits below were taken at the nearby gibraltar gardens. looks like the epitome of a fairytale wedding to me…that dress is incredible!
**those of you wondering who designed the dress…monique lhuillier!
The photos were taken by marie labbancz…you can check out more of her wedding photos on her blog.
good morning! ready for this week’s poll? last week we asked about coin purses and pouches, and it was very close but the denim and chain pouch just beat out the pretty in beads coin purse by a mere 5 votes!
we have all different kinds of touched converse right now so this week i want to know which pair of converse you all like best…
distressed overdyed converse (which come in hi and low tops):
our new december catalog was photographed by david mushegain, an extremely talented photographer based in new york. our team discovered him when they saw these photos he took of model angela lindvall at her home in topanga california for the july 2009 british vogue. here are some of the photos from that shoot, which served as inspiration behind our december catalog.
erickson beamon jewelry is founded and designed by karen erickson, eric erickson and vicki beamon. as the story is told, their jewelry business was born out of necessity. while working with a designer for their premiere apparel runway show they found no one would lend them jewelry to accessorize with, so they strung crystals and beads on suede and launched their first jewelry line. immediately the jewelry took off and was noticed for its fashion forward, edgy quality. their trademark are handcrafted beaded necklaces, which are meticulously assembled by hand using tiny crystals and semi-precious stones. the unique, handmade yet fashionable quality of the pieces has drawn the attention of some of the most well-known designers in the fashion world, who have had erickson beamon design custom pieces for their shows. they have one retail store located in london that is described as “a place where people can have their fantasy come to life in jewels.”
we are thrilled to have their designs here at free people! view our full selection of erickson beamon here.
our direct operations coordinator makes these amazing one-of-a-kind scarves out of loops of recycled fabric that she gets from old clothing. i love the color combinations that she comes up with! i also love that the scarves can be worn in a couple of different ways, as seen in the photos below. these would be such a cool handmade gift for friends and family as winter approaches!
and if you don’t feel like making your own, you can find them on her etsy site, here :)
as part of our online holiday boutique we are featuring eight amazing jewelry artists who we love here at free people, and i thought you might like to know their stories. we’ll start with bora…
we have worked with bora for years, and we love his unique jewelry and his ability to think outside of the box. born in turkey, bora’s immersion in mediterranean culture is one of the many things that inspires the jewelry he makes today. his dream was to be a musician, but his creativity and imagination led him towards jewelry design. with the help of his engineering background, he is able to carefully craft designs with close attention to detail and dimensions. his favorite material to “play” with is copper because he appreciates the historic quality of the metal. the best thing about his pieces is that they’re an abstract and interesting addition to any look.
check out our selection of jewelery by bora here.