PingMag just did this entry featuring Japanese wind bells. Every July in Kanagawa, people visit the Kawasaki Taishi Wind Bell Market. Can you imagine how magical and peaceful it would be to walk through an entire market filled with these bells? These photos are my favorites, but check out PingMag for more pics and info…
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As promised, here are photos of the new fall store display. The team made these trees out of chicken wire, fabric and yarn.
One of the main display concepts were these fabric covered bricks. The display team made about fifty of them in the home office and the rest were stitched in India. The bricks serve as an interesting visual element that are stacked to make different structures and patchwork effects. They contrasted the bricks with lucite boxes used to house the vignettes. The large shapes in the window below are large medallion cutouts from felt and fleece. They were somewhat inspired by the effect of postage stamps. What do you think of the new display??? Go check it out in the stores!
Just wanted to share a few photos I snapped in the display team’s workshop. Doesn’t that first picture look like the most girly hardware store you’ve ever seen? So out of all this madness comes our beautiful displays. Our fall store displays are being installed now, so I’ll get you some photos and the inside scoop later this week!
On Monday, we opened our newest store and the first store ever on the west coast! Visit us in Del Amo! The store design is completely new. Our designers planned this store to reflect the California aesthetic and lifestyle, making the space more airy and “modern”. Even the store front is a new design.
The store front is inspired by a vintage kimono print. We’ll be using this same print on other store fronts, but for this store we had a mural artist actually paint the print. I talked with one of the girls from our display team that was responsible for finding the mural artist. She seriously found him on muralist.com! The internet rules. Anyway, check out the store!
Urban Outfitters Inc. has a building called 543 in the Navy Yard that is the center of employee life. This building is shared by the three brands and is also open to the public. 543 houses our restaurant/cafeteria, gym, yoga studio, coffee shop, and magazine shop among other things. Since it is a space the employees visit so often, we thought it would be a great place to set up an art gallery to display the artwork or collections of the employees. Our company is filled with creative people and we want to showcase all of their hidden talents…
So to kick it off, Free People employee Kris Chau set up a show of her art work with her best friend Brielle. You might recognize Chau’s style from a few illustrations that have been posted on the blog. Check out the video of Kris and Brielle and the gallery opening, and Kris Chau’s website!!
Last week, the Free People display team, the merchandisers, and the retail teams were all busy setting up our new store in Greenwich, Connecticut! You should definitely go visit the store and see how it came out, but here are some “behind the scenes” of the preparation.
The above photos are of the finished art in the fitting rooms. The display team hand paints, draws, stencils something unique in each room. Don’t they look amazing???
And here we have the transportation of the giant yarn balls. Looks like a comfy ride…
This is the first Free People store to have this cool new cash-wrap. (Don’t mind the mess, remember this was from setting up the store) The little windows are filled with treasures found in Hong Kong. Some have flowers, stationary, and other crazy sparkly Chinese decorations. One of our sweater designers, Amy, lives in Hong Kong and she found all of these incredible bits for us. She said she sourced them in these tiny hole-in-the-wall shops and alley ways. She had lots of fun finding them and it was so different from working on the sweaters. Thanks to Amy, the cash-wrap looks awesome! Go check out the store for yourself!
Our store in Garden City, NY (Roosevelt Field Mall) would like to invite you to celebrate their one year anniversary! The girls are super excited. They’re decorating the store, bringing in sweets & treats and even making little gifts for you.
Visit the Garden City location and receive a gift with your purchase on Saturday, June 30th from 12 to 7pm.
Etsy has teamed up with Instructables for this Sew Useful contest. So you know that Etsy is all about supplying a marketplace for the independent artist and crafter, and Instructables is a community created to share the how-to’s for useful projects. I love how Instructables encourages the sharing of finds and ideas. I mean, that’s what blogging is all about, right? Anyway, combining these two ideas, you get the ultimate way to support the handmade community. And there’s prizes…
So our travel themed craft swap is coming to a close. These photos are just a few of the amazing crafts the particpants have exchanged. Check out our flickr group to see the rest, and leave these guys some comments! The creativity of all you swappers is seriously incredible. Hope you all had fun!!!!
Anyone ride a scooter? One of our own FP girls is responsible for planning a rally in Philly at the end of the month. Join in on the rides, BBQs, scavenger hunt and Philly fun. Check out the site for the schedule and details!
It’s coming up, so clear your calendars, and make that road trip to NY! The Renegade Craft Fair is sponsored by Bust Magazine and is seriously awesome. This year is their biggest yet, with over 300 artists participating. And I’m sure some of our favorite craft bloggers will be there. Leave a comment with your link if you’re going! It looks like this year there will be vendors set up in the pool instead of the park. I guess that lessens the chance of getting hit with a baseball. See you there!
Oh, and if you live near Chicago, the fair is held there too! Check out their site for more info…
Above are some photos from last year. Check out the rest on the RCF flickr site.