You might recall a while back when I posted the video for Oscar Wilde by Company of Thieves. We got such a fabulous response from you all! We were psyched that you guys are into Company of Thieves too – so when we were able to catch the lovely lead singer Genevieve Schatz for a quick chat before their appearance in Indianapolis, we went nuts!
Meredith (who works for FP) and Genevieve talked about the band’s new album, Ordinary Riches, fashion, traveling, and peanut butter! And, as if that weren’t enough, we are pumped to announce that the band are going to do an intimate acoustic set in our We The Free store in Brooklyn this very Saturday at 5pm! Don’t miss it!
Until then, check out the interview below!
So how is the tour going?
Actually we just got home from a west coast run. We are about to leave in a few days for about a month and a half (tour) so I hope it’s going to be fabulous!
Did you have a very steady tour schedule so far this year?
Definitely. We left at the end of January and went out for about two and a half months with Thriving Ivory, came back for about a week. Then we went to the west coast to have our own run of headlining shows and it was just amazing to be out there. I’d never been out to Seattle or Portland or San Diego and places like that. It’s been a really wild ride. I’ve gotten to the point that I’m more comfortable on the road than I am when I come home!
Better with dirty laundry than clean clothes?!
Yeah! You become part of the earth! It’s a totally different rhythm that you sink into.
I love the webcasts you did on Youtube from the road! They’re so cute and they made me feel like one of your friends, watching you bopping around while you traveled.
Haha! That’s awesome! That’s the whole point! We want to always include our fans, our friends in what we’re doing. We just always want to share it.
Were you happy to share when your van got broken into at SXSW (a music festival)?
Well, it’s cool to show all sides of the game because a lot of people are under the impression that, you know, it’s always a very glamorous lifestyle. You have your ups and downs just like anything.
Your latest album, Ordinary Riches, is clearly very influenced by Oscar Wilde. Are you often influenced by other arts than music when you write songs?
I always have been. It’s something that isn’t really sought out for me, I kind of always end up in the middle of… I don’t know! A lot of things open my eyes constantly. I’ve always been very aware and conscious of what’s going on around me. It’s always been hard for me to keep it out, I always let me fill me up! And so the whole album is really based on personal experiences and also sometimes being in the center of a lot of commotion just by the nature of living in a major city and being in a lot of crowded areas and coming into contact with other people and relating to them and things like that. It’s kind of an album about a coming of age.
Have you been writing on the road?
Absolutely! Every day!
Are you getting a different tone with being out of the city and in these new places?
Yes yes! I would say… How do I explain it… It’s much darker but much more focused.
The thing I find interesting about this album is the lyrics are fairly dark and introspective but the melodies, though not necessarily “pop”, are definitely accessible and often upbeat. I found it weird to find myself happily bopping along to a song and then realize what I’m singing along to.
I think that’s something that I’ve come to really embrace is the fact that, for me, I feel like the painful things in life and the joyful things in life have a lot of similarities and the physical effects of feeling overjoyed or feeling deeply deeply hurt are very similar to me – just the weight of the world. That’s kind of what our songs, even our new ones, have that tone where there’s a contrast going on with a shared vein.

So what is the dynamic between you and your bandmates on the road?
As far as the three of us go, I feel like Marc (Walloch, guitarist) is the guy who is the problem solver and will just bulldoze through anything and be a soldier. Mike (Ortiz, drummer) is the guy that makes sure everyone keeps calm. He seems impervious to disasters. It’s really funny – he has this energy level that’s super calm of just “It’s all ok. We’re going to get through this.” And I’m the person who… well everyone jokes that they see the little girl in me all the time. It’s because I’m definitely the explorer. I’ll be like, “Let’s go on this adventure! What’s this?! Let’s do this thing!” They’ll turn around and I’ll be climbing a tree or something, shouting “Come here! You guys have to see this!”
What is some of the stuff you’ve discovered while you’ve been traveling that’s been exciting for you?
Honestly, one of the coolest things was a town in Tennessee called Tallulah. We just wrote a song about it. It was a town that has been almost completely abandoned and every single building, the school house, the post office, the homes and store fronts, were completely left. There were a only a few human beings in the whole town. You know, at first I was really scared and I couldn’t believe that this happens. But when I realized that this is what happens when people leave, nature just comes in, I had this glee. When I looked closer there were vines coming up from the earth and wrapping around buildings and taking them back in. It was almost like nature trying to say that nature prevails and things change. I found that comforting.
I’m really excited that you guys are going to be able to do an in-store set for us. But you also recently did a set for another “store” of sorts- Etsy.
Yes! Oh my gosh!
How did that come about?
Well, a few months ago I was talking to the band saying that I feel that we’re at a time in this industry where independent arts really does have a huge window of opportunity and there’s a lot of presence. I’m really into supporting other independent artists so I was like, why don’t I incorporate pieces in my wardrobe that are very personal to people that they’ve spent a lot of time and put a lot of heart into? That’s what I do with my life so I should have a full circle representation of that. I started getting into Etsy because there’s a local artist in Chicago that I buy a lot from, dresses that no one in the world has but me and it feels so cool to wear them on stage! So basically we contacted Etsy about it and talked about different things we liked and performed for the creative people on Etsy. It was so cool to be able to do that!
Yeah, Etsy really is a great platform for a marketplace. It’s amazing how quickly it’s taken off and all the talent on there.
Definitely, and also a lot of unexpected surprises. I found this person who makes these wooden peg figures of casts from Wes Anderson films. It’s so hilarious! It’s like a child’s toy but who would ever have thought that someone would think to spend their time doing that, and it’s great that they do and it makes them happy.
Are you a fan of fashion? Do you look out for trend or do you have your own vibe?
I definitely have my own style but I’m a huge fan of fashion! It’s obviously a representation of the greater picture of the world that at least can be broken down into personal perspective and I’ve always loved that. I really believe in expressing yourself through fashion. I do believe it’s an art.
And your song was on Gossip Girl
That was crazy! I didn’t get to see the excerpt because I don’t really watch television but I heard about it the day it was happening and I was kind of blown away! To start off I didn’t know how I felt about it to be honest but it was a very cool opportunity for us to get exposure.
I always think it must be quite surreal the first time you hear yourself on the radio or on TV.
I still haven’t heard us on the radio! I hope that if it ever happens it will be like the That Thing You Do moment when we’re all screaming and running from different parts of the city and meeting up just as the song ends.
Now I have all my stupid questions…
Crunchy or smooth peanut butter?

Wait what? Oh, crunchy.
Innie or outie?
Hmmmmm… innie?
Pink or black?
Black.
Spots or stripes?
Stripes definitely.
Ocean or country?
Oooooh ocean.
Winter or summer?
Summer!
photo2_300.jpg
Wow! What an awesome interview! Thank you Genevieve! And thank you Meredith for your interviewer skills! I couldn’t have even imagined a better interview than that!
Check out more from Company of Thieves on their Myspace – and don’t miss their in-store appearance, this coming Saturday afternoon at 5pm at We The Free in Brooklyn!

Karen -Jun 04, 2009, 3:00PM
What a great interview! CoT are an incredibly talented group of people! They are unbelievably sweet and also amazing performers. We are lucky to be able to listen to their beautiful musical creations. I can't wait for new material either!
Nathan -Jun 04, 2009, 3:20AM
Great interview! CoT is amazing and after hearing Tallulah I can't wait for new material!

More comments »

Many of us who work at URBN Inc. have little brothers or sisters through the local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. They have a wonderful program where they even bus the children to our office from their school, twice a month to eat lunch with us! After lunch, Bigs and Littles just hang out together and do their own thing, or they can do whatever the fun scheduled activity is for that day.
At the end of last week, our Littles came, and the activity was so fun! It was a newspaper fashion show! Bigs and Littles made outfits out of newspaper and then walked the runway! There are so many adorable and funny pictures from it, I couldn’t resist sharing them with you! I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of them too!

IMG_5696.jpg
IMG_5702.jpg
IMG_5705.jpg
IMG_5708.jpg
IMG_5710.jpg
Such a blast!

niccole -Jun 02, 2009, 11:37PM
Those children are adorable! Looks like so much!
Chloe -Jun 02, 2009, 5:04PM
what great community involvement, you guys are great! thanks for letting us know.

More comments »

Don’t miss this year’s Art Star Craft Bazaar if you are in Philly this weekend! It starts at 11am and runs until 6pm, tomorrow and Sunday at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza. Their site has directions if you need them!
There will be a ton of stuff to see and do (and eat) at the bazaar, which boasts over 100 artists this year! Of course there will also be plenty of live music – check out the schedule below!
Saturday Music Line-up
11am: Pairdown
12pm: The Josh Olmstead Band
1pm: The Documents
2pm: Gildon Works
3pm: Padre Pio
4pm: Toy Soldiers
5pm: Folklore
Sunday Music Line-up:
12pm: Perkasie
1pm: Photon Band
2pm: Like A Fox
3pm: North Lawrence Midnight Singers
4pm: The Mural & The Mint
5pm: Oh!Pears
Be sure to stop by if you need something awesome to do!
Art Star Craft Bazaar

Hooray! It’s Thursday, and it’s time for our Thursday Poll!
Last week we took a look at some of the many ways to wear our Riding Hood Convertible Tee, and decisively chose the racerback tank styling as our favorite! It got 253 votes!
This week I want to ask you about some of our summer dresses and see which ones you guys really like!
Check out the Night Out Dress, shown here in Butter.

Now have a look at our One Shoulder Banded Bottom Dress in Purple.

Next is our Best Night Out Dress in Hot Coral.
93Z0429_85_a.jpg
Below is Sylvie’s Ruffled Dress in Plum Pie.
93Z0964_50_a.jpg
Finally, have a look at the Striped Halter Dress in Peach/Berry.
93N0252_60_a.jpg
Well, now you’ve seen the dresses, which one do you like the most?

Hey Chicagoland!
Our newest store is opening tomorrow in Highland Park, at 642 Central Avenue! We are so excited to open this new location, and we hope you’ll come visit us soon!

Hey everyone! Just a heads up – from today all the way through Monday, all of our stores will be having a sale! This weekend only, take an additional 25% off of all sale items! The discount will be applied at the register!
Click here to find the nearest store!
Note: This sale is going on in the stores only, not online.
Additional Note: All of our stores expect for our Ardmore, PA location will be open for Memorial Day.

Happy Thursday everyone!
Last week for our Thursday Poll we took a look at the Draping Frame Tunic, and ended up choosing Ultra Violet as our favorite color for the top, with 205 votes! Wow!
This week I am still scoping out our cool new Riding Hood Convertible Tee – it can be styled in so many different ways! I love it! And I’m curious to know your favorite way to style it! Check out a few of the different ways below…
First have a look at it as a loose hooded tank top!

Next up is the shirt as a long and loose drapey tee!
95F0792_41_c-1.jpg
95F0792_41_e.jpg
Now check out the tee as a racerback tank!
95F0792_41_a.jpg
95F0792_41_b.jpg
Next is the top styled as a cute boyish fitted tee!
95F0792_04_d-1.jpg
95F0792_04_f.jpg
Finally, here is the top styled as a sort of wrap top!
95F0792_04_c-1.jpg
Well? Gosh now that I’m looking at them all I am not sure which style is my most favorite… I like them all!
Which way of styling the shirt is your favorite?

P.S. Don’t miss our How-To Style video for this top! Watch it here.

It’s Thursday Poll time! Last week we looked at convertible skirts and decided our favorite was the Tie Dyed Convertible Skirt with 155 votes!
This week I am obsessed with the Draping Frame Tunic! I can’t decide what color I’d like to get – maybe two colors! Naturally I’m interested to know what you all will pick as your favorite color! Check them out below.
First is the tunic in Ultra Violet below.

Next check out the tunic in Dark Coral.

Now see the tunic in Slate Blue!
95F0791_40_e.jpg
Finally, below is the tunic in White!
95F0791_10_a.jpg
Which color do you think is best?

selya -May 15, 2009, 7:59AM
I love ultra violet! thinking of getting one for myself)

More comments »

Thank you all so much for participating in the giveaway! It was so much fun to read about all your favorite clothes! Each piece is so unique – I love how special a piece of clothing can be, and you guys had such great items and great stories to go with them!
My favorite clothes are actually two different tee-shirts that were my dad’s, before I swiped them! One is a vintage Eric Clapton world tour 1979 tee, which of course rules! The other is this great old Detroit Tigers tee, which is really beat up but it has the old logo of the tiger’s head. I can picture my dad rocking them not so long ago!
SO! On to the winner, chosen at random!
Congratulations to Giuliana!
From around 3rd grade to at least 6th, my favorite item of clothing was a pair of navy blue L. L. Bean cargo pants that zipped off into shorts… I wore them all the time. I kind of wish I still had a pair.
I remember that type of short! So fun and convenient!
If you did not win this time around, don’t lose hope! We have more giveaways coming up!
Stay tuned!

christina -May 14, 2009, 1:42PM
so bummed I didn't win! but I have to say - I *just* got that WTF means We The Free... a little confusing bc it also means something else..... :)

More comments »

Want to win the super-cute We The Free tee shown above? We want to give it away!
All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on this post, answering the following question:
What is your absolute favorite item of clothing that you own or have owned?
Tomorrow at about this time, we will choose one comment at random, and if your comment is the one picked, you win the shirt!
Make sure to leave your email address with your comment, so that we can contact you if you win!
The shirt is a size small, but these shirts run just a touch big and usually fit a size medium quite well. (In fact, I’m a large and I generally can wear WTF smalls pretty comfortably, though the fit is tighter…)
Good luck everyone! I’m looking forward to reading about your favorite pieces of clothing!

Hui Wang -Feb 14, 2010, 3:04AM
My favourite piece of clothing is a pink t-shirt. I'm a t-shirt lover,and I like blue and yellow colour mix shirt, just like this lovely t-shirt. wow, good design, it's my dream one, I love it so much! I hope I will be the lucky one to have it.
pc-spiele -Nov 07, 2009, 12:28AM
Hello Friends. My favoruite piece of clothing is a sweater which I bought from Switzerland in last winter. It is my one of the favourite sweater in all among the clothes. I like you blog very much. Good work!! Thank you very much for sharing and posting this blog.

More comments »

Happy Thursday everyone! The week is almost out and it’s time for our Thursday poll!
Last week we looked at some summer scarves, and the favorite was the Patterned Sunstroke Scarf with 152 votes!
This week I’ve been browsing our convertible skirts, and wondering which one you all think is the cutest!
First check out our Tie Dyed Convertible Skirt, worn here as a skirt.

Now have a look at our Overdye Rural Route Convertible Skirt, worn here as a dress. (We have also have this style in a non-overdyed version and different colors here.)

Next up is the Floral Tiered Convertible Skirt, shown here as a skirt and in Deep Sea Combo.
85Y0364_43_a.jpg
Finally, here is our Waves of Grain Convertible Skirt in Plum and worn as a top!
87S0066_52_a.jpg
So, which do you prefer?

I’m so excited to show you this little video!
Last week we shot the photos for our upcoming catalog in August, and we had some very special models! Our August book will feature some wonderful doggies and kitties from the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, also known as PAWS, in the hopes of raising awareness of all the sweet animals in shelters around the country who need a loving home!
Since the catalog won’t be coming out until August, our intrepid Graphic Designer Kevin was on the scene and made sure to interview some of our furry models! Almost all of these guys and gals are currently up for adoption, so if you see someone you’d like to meet, don’t be afraid to contact PAWS and let them know! My kitty is from PAWS, and he has made me and my boyfriend so very happy since the moment we met him! It’s totally worth it!

Wherever you live, if you are looking for a furry best friend, be sure to check out your local shelter. They are easily found on the web or in the yellow pages, and when you get your friend from the shelter, you really are also saving a life! I can’t imagine life without my kitty Homer!

Jo -Aug 04, 2009, 8:11PM
I just received the August "cat"alog and was delighted to see so many pit bull & pit bull mixes represented! I am disappointed, however, that the online catalog doesn't reflect the same photography. I'm not crazy about the new, generic format.

More comments »

Back To Top     
Amber Jewelry | Tea Sets