This will wake you up right! A group of dancers wearing hammer pants rush into a random store and surprise everyone with an awesome dance!
I’m not sure I can explain The Uniform Project any better than the woman herself, so here is a quote from the website:
Starting May 2009, I have pledged to wear one dress for one year as an exercise in sustainable fashion. Here’s how it works: There are 7 identical dresses, one for each day of the week. Every day I will reinvent the dress with layers, accessories and all kinds of accoutrements, the majority of which will be vintage, hand-made, or hand-me-down goodies. Think of it as wearing a daily uniform with enough creative license to make it look like I just crawled out of the Marquis de Sade’s boudoir.
The Uniform Project is also a year-long fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement that is revolutionizing education in India. At the end of the year, all contributions will go toward Akanksha’s School Project to fund uniforms and other educational expenses for slum children in India.
So freaking awesome! Check out all her outfits so far here.
Thursday already!? Hooray!
We looked last week at the Fan Club Tube and our favorite color was Hot Coral, by a lot! It got 233 votes out of 566!
This week I have been checking out some of our latest sweatshirts. (It may have something to do with how rainy it’s been here lately!) We have a lot of cute styles, and I’m interested to see what tickles your fancy! See a few of our sweatshirts below!
First look at the We The Free Thermal Hoodie in Turquoise.
Next is our Draping Crochet Hoodie!
Watch our team as they encounter a few difficulties constructing the rope swing for our Summer 2009 video! Hee hee!
Don’t forget – tomorrow at our We The Free store in Brooklyn, Company of Thieves will be doing an intimate acoustic set at 5pm! This is free! Come check it out if you’re in the area, it’s sure to be a blast!
Here’s the address of the We The Free store in Brooklyn:
We The Free
113 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 250 – 0050
Click here to Google map it!
Click here to read our recent interview with Company of Thieves!
See you in Brooklyn!
It’s Thursday already, and it’s time for our poll! Hooray!
Last Week we scoped out a few summer dresses, and the One Shoulder Banded Bottom Dress ended up as the favorite, with 157 votes!
This week I am kind of obsessed by our new Fan Club Tube, which is basically the printed version of our fun Solid Banded Tube. I love all the prints, and I am interested to know which color you guys like the most!
First check out the tube in Sky Combo.
Next is the tube shown in Hot Coral Combo.
Finally, here’s the tube in Deep Indigo Combo!
So which color do you prefer?
I am totally pumped to announce our second Free People Fashion Illustration Contest!
Create an original fashion illustration that includes at least one of the following three items:
the One-Shoulder Banded Bottom Dress, Lace Tulip Mini Skirt or Jacquard Princess Cami.
(See pictures of these items at the bottom of this post and on our site.)
Entries will be judged based on creativity, originality, artistic rendering, and appropriateness to the Free People aesthetic.
The winner will receive a goody-box filled with all kinds of awesome surprises from all of us at Free People, valued at $100!
A Few Guidelines
-Your illustration must be your own original design.
-Illustrations may be created with any two-dimensional medium.
Examples of two-dimensional mediums include crayons, markers, paints, pen and ink, computer imaging, chalks, pastels, colored pencils – basically anything that is on paper or computer.
-Illustrations should be no larger than 11×17 inches, or no larger than 6336×9792 pixels.
-Illustrations must include at least one of the following items:
One-Shoulder Banded Bottom Dress,
Lace Tulip Mini Skirt
Jacquard Princess Cami.
You do not have to use all three items. For the items that come in multiple colors, you may use any color you like in your illustration. You may also include any other Free People items that you like.
-You may enter more than one illustration, but if you choose to do so, each illustration must be entered on its own, as a separate entry.
This means if you are using snail mail to turn in your entries, they can all be mailed in one envelope, but each illustration needs to have your name and information attached to it.
If you are emailing your entries, each entry needs to be in a separate email.
-You must be at least 13 years old and a resident of the United States of America to enter.
Email us your entry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mail us your entry at:
Attn: Pruitt Shutt
Free People Fashion Illustration Contest
5000 S. Broad Street Bldg. #15
Philadelphia, PA 19112
Be sure to include your name, age, address, telephone number, and email address with your entry!
The contest ends on June 26th 2009.
All email entries must be received by June 26th 2009.
All mail-in entries must be postmarked by June 26th 2009, and received by July 3rd 2009.
We will announce the winner by July 15th 2009.
Make sure to check out the official rules as well!
Please feel free to post any questions in the comments of this post, or email us at email@example.com!
Below, find pictures of each of the items featured in this contest!
One Shoulder Banded Bottom Dress
Lace Tulip Mini Skirt
Jacquard Princess Cami
And don’t forget, if you need inspiration, check out Kris Chau or Adrianne Lee‘s work! So pretty! Here’s a lovely piece by Kris below…
Good luck everyone! We are all so pumped to see your wonderful creations!
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?
Pink or black?
Spots or stripes?
Ocean or country?
Winter or summer?
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!
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!
Such a blast!