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kris chau is one of our fp girls, and she’s also a really talented artist.  she has a show opening tonight at topstitch boutique in philly (54 n. 3rd) called “puppy face” featuring some of her new works, so i thought i’d ask her a few questions!

where do you draw inspiration for your work?
i draw inspiration from the girls around me, lyrics from hilarious songs, my dog, flowers i see, and artists i admire.

who are some of the artists you admire?
yuko shimizu, zeloot, genevieve castree, tim gough, rob sato, ako castuera.

what is your favorite thing to draw?
well ladies of course. ladies, ruffles, shoes, and puppies.

with a full time job here at fp, when do you find time for your artwork?
sigh, that is a question i get quite a bit and i ask myself the same thing. i give up a lot of social things and maybe grooming to do both. my life at free people gives me many opportunities that i will forever be grateful for, and due to my lack of free time making art has become incredibly important to me. it becomes something very serious in a way, i now create things that i do not compromise, i’ve taken a less illustrative and more arty route these days. my position at free people is also creative, so creatively i feel like every week i run a marathon and i am constantly trying to balance it all.

do you listen to music while you draw? what do you listen to?
i listen to a lot of podcasts (thank you fresh air and ira glass i will send you more money) as well as booty shakin jams to keep my spirits up.

what are some of your other hobbies?
gardening and playing with my sweet sweet puppy.

if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
my sweet tim, my sweet puppy, and a lifetime supply of cucumber soda.

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if you’re in philly stop by topstitch boutique tonight between 6 and 10pm!  a bunch of us fp girls will be there :)

also check out more of chau’s amazing work on her website!

heather rae -Feb 12, 2010, 12:21AM
Kris Chau! I have an art crush on you that spans the states! You are literally the best.
kathryn -Feb 05, 2010, 1:31PM
i'm excited to see her amazing art first hand tonight! :)

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another new store opening! our newest store is located on lamar blvd in austin, so if you’re in the area stop by and check it out! i will post photos as soon as i have them!

Maria -Mar 13, 2010, 8:30PM
We need a store in New Albany, OH!!!!!!
molly -Feb 10, 2010, 2:14PM
are you guys going to be hiring?!

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benefit concert tonight at the trocadero theater in philly! “philly rocks for haiti,” will feature the West Philadelphia Orchestra, Black Landlord, Zeppelin cover band Get the Led Out, Blood Feathers and Free Energy.  doors open at 7pm and tickets are $12 with all proceeds going to the haitian professionals of philadelphia, who will ship much-needed supplies to haiti.

for more info, click here.

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good morning! let’s get right to today’s poll, shall we?  last week i asked about some of our army surplus styles and the winner, just by ten votes, was the platoon jacket!

this week i want to ask about some of our adorable printed bralettes!  we’ve got some great new ones in romantic, pretty prints just in time for valentine’s day.  and they look super cute peeking out from under tank tops and sheer tees! so which one do you love most?

the floral lurex bandeau:

the floral lace halter bralette:

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the printed rouched bralette:

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or the printed lace racerback bralette:

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good morning! i have a special treat for you today -  one of our graphic designers sent me these sweet designs that you are free to download as wallpaper for your computer, or whatever else you may want to use them for…just click on the images to go to our flickr page and download the large size!


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Ann Julie -Feb 04, 2010, 10:14AM
Who is the genius behind these amazing wallpapers ???? Would love to meet that person and congratulate on such a fine work.
Mara -Feb 03, 2010, 11:20PM
you guys just fulfilled my addiction to feathers :D

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last week i was over in the area where our visual display team works on the amazing creations that you see in our stores, and i spotted boxes and boxes of these colorful little creatures…

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so what are they? our new store displays for spring! here’s a look at the installation in our king of prussia, pa store:

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i love it! our visual display team always does such an amazing job :)

Poster Frames -Feb 21, 2010, 6:58PM
These look fantastic! A great looking shop display is always fantastic for business.
Sepi -Feb 06, 2010, 3:59AM
So excited to put these up in our store in walnut creek!

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we have some new artwork up in gallery 543 here at the navy yard!  now through march the gallery will feature the work of three local artists: nicole barrick, jason turner and caroline wilson.

caroline wilson works with pen, ink, gouache and found objects, toying with the juxtaposition of various themes and images. She says she began illustrating as a means to sanity, and a way to exorcize the imagery that haunts her at night.

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nicole barrick uses a variety of media, including hair weaving and clothing.  she says, “i strive to make connections between seemingly unrelated objects and images in order to make sense of this world and at the same time create imaginary places.  the best way to describe my process is as a meditation on or channeling of an enigmatic energy that brings forth images and symbols filtered through my own perception and experience.”

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jason turner works with themes of nature, vulnerability and cultural myth, using simple line and repetition to construct a world of calm and subtle narrative.

The artists reception will take place at gallery 543 tomorrow, February 1st, from 5-6:30pm.

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the first ever philagrafika festival starts this weekend in philly, and it is expected to be one of the largest art events in the US and the world’s largest print-related exhibition.  this will be a recurring event that celebrates the role of print in contemporary art.   more than 300 artists will be represented at more than 80 venues throughout philly! i really like what artist gunilla klingberg has done with the entrance at moore college:

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for more info on philagrafika click here.

Melissa -Feb 03, 2010, 7:07PM
Thanks for your help FP Blog! We filled up a ton of boxes with clothes last Saturday! Looking forward to having more events like this in the future! We really appreciate your post! <3 Melissa, FP 5th Ave
Val -Feb 03, 2010, 6:46PM
Excellent work on reporting the print scene! Real bomb dot com stuff. Is someone at Free People a printer them self and might they have work?

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free people 5th ave in new york is teaming up with the salvation army for a clothing drive on saturday – stop by and help them out in their efforts to provide our neighbors in haiti with food and supplies during this difficult time.  stop by the store anytime between 10am – 9pm!

don’t know what to bring? think light jackets, shoes, socks, t-shirts, anything light and packable!

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some photos of our team setting up the new store at space 15 twenty!

and the storefront:

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looks like a beautiful day in los angeles! check out space 15 twenty’s blog here.

orange county boutiques -Jul 08, 2010, 2:05PM
yeahh I agree with niccole, come to orange county so everyone can enjoy the great products you have :)
fp julia -Feb 08, 2010, 2:53PM
hi amanda! they were made by our visual display team :)

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Post image for another new store opening!

we’re very excited to be opening a new store at space 15 twenty in los angeles!

if you’re not familiar with space 15 twenty, its a unique retail setting where each store is connected by an outdoor courtyard, and includes a performance space for live music, an art gallery, and a monthly pop up shop.

stop by tomorrow for the grand opening party, with food, drinks, and vintage vinyl spun by dj dez!

-Jan 29, 2010, 1:39AM
Can't wait to see it! Love that location and the girls that work there are amazing!
fpcarrie -Jan 28, 2010, 2:00PM
sweet art!

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Post image for thursday poll – edition 79

happy thursday everyone! it’s poll time…last week i asked about some of the graphic tops we have right now and the winner is the zuma mason tank with 31% of the votes! that was my favorite too :)

this week we’ve had the military trend on the mind…it was a huge trend on the runway for spring/summer 2010, and we’ve got some great pieces right now to help you get this cool, army-inspired look. which of these would you most want to add to your wardrobe?

the brass revival cargo jacket:

the my pants cargo pants:
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the platoon jacket:
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the we the free twill pocket short:
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or the we the free sargeant jacket:
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time to vote!


taylor -Jan 29, 2010, 9:20AM
Love the neew looks AWESOME

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