Post image for guest post from NYC: jack is in his corset, jane is in her vest…

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…and me i’m in a rock and roll band.

Actually, my name is Liz. I am a young designer, a recent graduate from Parsons The New School for Design, and a current associate at Free People in Soho, NY. I started crocheting these vests this past year and asked some of the Free People girls to rock them for me.

This past season I looked to craft and the charm in handmade objects for inspiration. I had just moved into my new loft in Brooklyn, NY and found my place was a collection of crafts. My most prized possession is a yellow chevron pattern crocheted blanket my mom made when I was young. I owe all of my talent to my mom, who taught me how to crochet. As for the vest itself, I focused on creating a piece that would complete every outfit in my closet. My style is that similar to that of the Free People girl. I look to Pamela Love and Erin Wasson for style inspiration, who both share that endearing, yet individualized free-spirited vibe. I feel like a vest is something you can wear year round: in the winter, I’m always looking for another layer and in the summer, it’s great with a tank and shorts or just over a bathing suit!

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thank you so much for sharing liz!!! not only did you quote one of my favorite songs but the vests are amazing and i’m insanely jealous of your rooftop garden…xoxo

Aimee -Apr 08, 2013, 7:09PM
Tutorial? or where to buy?
Victoria -Nov 27, 2012, 7:38PM
How do you make it?

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we’re going to vegas, baby! we’re opening a store this fall at the fashion show mall! wanna work there? apply here.

may -Jan 30, 2012, 1:05AM
I also said to Madison, that I hope I wasn't bothering her. Because how she would follow me around the store and re-fold all the clothes next to me. And suggested that I should try the clothes on now because she's closing the store soon, when I still got half an hour. I wasnt gonna try clothes on but bobby the sales associate offered me a room so I said why not. But Madison was literally rushing me out. How rude. I am not about to spend my money with her, free people, just lost a sale. They should really look at the people they hire. Ayayay!
may -Jan 30, 2012, 12:59AM
i just had the worst service at free people in las Vegas! Madison, the assistant store manager should get fired right on the spot for her bad behavior and negative attitude, only to discover at the end that she's no longer going to be working with the company. Which explained everything how she treated me in the store. I was misinformed about the closing hour I was told 8p. Then Madison, the assistant manager, was rushing me out the store. It was my first time in this store and very excited to check out the new store the products the people who works there, because I was also interested in getting a job there. But everytime I look at an item, Madison stood next to me and watched me, and re-folded the items I picked out. And she was irritated that I was checkin out free people's product. I started to feel unusual because I have never had anyone treated me like that in the store, and the way she was doing it did not embody what free people employees were, not in this store at least. She was very RUDE, UNPROFESSIONAL, and disrespectful. I cannot believe how she got the spot as a manager. She was awful. I'd like to speak to corporate and get this issue taken care of. This person is horrible. She gave me such a bad experienced. This situation happened on January 29, 2012 Sunday at 630p. Madison and Bobby(ie) we're the associate that night. Their store managers name is Kim. I hope you do something about this. This is not what I thought of free people employees. I've read your blogs and expectation as an employee and how you can land a job at free people, b But Madison, is not commited to her job, she's unhappy, and definitely not someone to get an inspirations from. I am extremely upset. I am a loyal customer of anthropologie and urban outfitters. And after tonight, free people in las vegas just gave me a bad vibe. May

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Post image for Exile in Austin: July Catalog Release Party!

i am so excited to tell you guys about something special we’re doing to celebrate our july catalog! you may remember that i was down in austin a couple of months ago, where we shot the book with local band the happen-ins. well we had such a blast that we decided to go back and throw a party to celebrate the catalog release! And what better way to do it than with some live music from the happen-ins?!  if you aren’t familiar with these guys yet, you will be soon… their music – a blend of r&b, americana and classic rock – is intoxicating. not to mention, we love their style :) check them out on facebook here.

the event will take place friday june 17th at 5-8PM

at austin’s mohawk room- where we shot part of our july book!

located at 912 red river st- a strip of austin’s hottest live music venues.

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come hang out with us while enjoying live music from the happen-ins, a special viewing of our catalog video before anyone has seen it, and enter your name in a raffle for a chance to win a $500 or $50 gift card to FP!

we’ll also hand out fliers for a 15% off discount that you can use at our austin store locations – downtown and at the domain.

***this is an all ages event!***

i’m so excited to go back to austin! i hope to see lots of you there!

Nikki Qiao -Jun 12, 2011, 12:17AM
wow!!! That's fantatic!!! I'm sooo going!!!!! I'm absolutely excited!!! Can I take some Photos?
fp julia -Jun 06, 2011, 9:06AM
madeline- it is all ages!! they just haven't fixed it on their website yet...

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the june calendar is here! click on the image to go to our flickr page and download the large size in the widescreen or regular version :)

“june, she´ll change her tune,
in restless walks she´ll prowl the night”

- simon & garfunkel

Liis -Jun 27, 2011, 6:11PM
ps: my bad, when I say 300, 200 or 150, I mean pixels ! :)
Liis -Jun 27, 2011, 6:09PM
click on the image and you'll be redirect to Flick's page. There, you can visualize all the sizes avaiable to download. It's better if you download the biggest size :) After that, when you'll have already the file on your PC, I believe the best way to find the size with good resolution for print, it's open the file on Photoshop. It's not the easiest way but it never fails! Once you have the file opened on Photoshop, you can fit it on a document with 210x297mm (A4 size) and the best resolution is 300. When you print an image, a 200 or 150 it's also good, but if you put 300, I'm sure it's gonna be AWESOME. Hope it works to all who have these doubts =) ! xoxo, Liis K.

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memorial day weekend will always carry with it a sense of freedom and memories of that long weekend when i’d get out early from school and head to the shore with family and friends for beach, barbecues and SUN – the first taste of the languid summer days ahead. it has always been the beach for me, but there are tons of other getaways that would be wonderful this weekend…

camping under the stars…

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a lake hidden by trees, preferably with a rope to swing out on…

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wherever this is, i want to go there.

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a weekend boating excursion would be amazing!

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road trip…

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…or bike trip!

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crash at a friend’s house with a pool :)

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and if you can’t go anywhere at all, build yourself a blanket fort :)

what’s everyone doing this weekend?

click on images for sources.

Aylaginger -Jul 14, 2011, 4:31PM
last weekend I went to the Oregon coast and enjoyed the beautiful combination of mountain, forest, and beach.
missseo -Jun 08, 2011, 9:05PM
Well, I wish everyday is the weekend. Whatever I will do!

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hot pants for hot summer days! we love these little m2f cutoff shorts that come in pretty pastel shades. i definitely want a pair of these but i can’t pick a color! which ones do you guys like best?

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anon -May 29, 2011, 4:51PM
Its the same girl in all but one of the pictures
Mei -May 26, 2011, 2:55PM
i'm wondering how the sizing is on these? the FP cutoff distressed denim shorts run large for example. if these fit like those i know exactly what to get. that's the only reason i'm holding off...

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summer is right around the corner and to celebrate, we have a giveaway that you will want to use every day until the cold creeps back in – our display team has donated one of the incredible swings from our new summer install and one lucky reader will get to call it their own!

these swings are completely sturdy and usable, with wooden slats as a base and colorful netting to cover it with. as with many of our displays, our team drew inspiration from india, where our senior store designer spends half of each year. the netting, trimmed with beads, pompoms and tassels, is the same kind that is draped over the backs of camels in india.  the rope used to hang the chair is also the same kind as camel reins in india, and consists of colorful string carefully wrapped around thick rope. we used similar pieces on the camel in our august 2010 catalog shoot and the same netting was used on the horse in our march catalog shoot!

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camel in jodhpur, india

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left- august 2010 catalog; right – march 2010 catalog

i can just imagine this swing on the front porch of a house or hanging from the limbs of a tree in the backyard of one of our devoted readers… dreaming the summer days away, reading, listening to music and swinging gently in the summer air.

and not only are you getting one of the coolest store display pieces EVER, you also get something that is quite symbolic of the free people aesthetic. this swing is truly special!

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TO ENTER:

1. fill out the brief form located on our facebook page here.

2. at the bottom of the form, make sure you “like” us on facebook

3. come back to the blog and leave a comment on this post letting us know you’ve completed the steps!*

*the winner will be selected at random from the comments on this post – make sure to leave your email address so we can contact you!

the giveaway will remain open for one week- a winner will be selected wednesday june 1st.

the swing will come with all the pieces you need to hang it, as well as instructions.

good luck!

Connie Baldino -Apr 22, 2012, 12:35PM
I did "like you" though!
Connie Baldino -Apr 22, 2012, 12:34PM
Sorry, I did not see a form to fill out for the swing. Please advise. Connie

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brooke dombroski is a photographer and designer who lives in hawaii, on the island of oahu where our may catalog was shot.  the second i saw her tumblr, brooklyn hawaii, i was completely enthralled with her laid-back surfer girl lifestyle – and brooke was kind enough to share some photos with the blog to give us a little peek into her life in hawaii! needless to say, i am beyond jealous…

Location: North Shore of O’ahu, Hawai’i
A 7-mile stretch of the best waves in the world!

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What I love about living in Hawai’i:
We are the most isolated island chain.
Life is so simple. Nature can keep us entertained for a lifetime!
Surf + Sand + ROAM + Shells + Waterfalls + Crush Sunglasses + Bare feet + Hand-sewn Bikinis + Coconut water + Fresh fish + Mountains + Ocean + Sun + Friends + Ohana (Family) + ALOHA

be sure to check out her beautiful tumblr here: www.brooklynhawaii.com

Kanani Parker -Feb 07, 2013, 8:08PM
Her stuff reminds me of Cayenne Carocci's photography whom is also an island girl. I believe these women are very blessed... Aloha
Greg Holbert -Feb 06, 2012, 12:45PM
Very beautiful pictures that make me want to live on a beach!

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good morning! it’s time for a lookbook poll – our may lookbook is all about movement, shown through light, flowing skirts and dresses perfect for summer nights dancing under the stars. i love how expressive model alina baikova is in these photos! which one is your favorite?

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click on each image to see items in the outfit.

to read about the makeup for this shoot, click here!

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a few of you have asked about the amazing rope swirl tapestries in our new store displays and you’re in luck because one of our display artists put together a tutorial on how to make them! it looks like such a fun rainy day project.

what you need: a large piece of cardboard,  black marker, scissors, rope in various sizes and colors, neon twine, pompoms.

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use a variety of different colors and textures to create a fun swirl – these purple and orange tassels are just another piece of string woven in with the others!

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once you’ve got it down, you can make a whole bunch in different sizes and colors, to create a whole wall tapestry just like the ones in our stores :) i can’t wait to try this!

Be sure to check out our new DIY Projects category for more DIY Inspiration!

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our new houston galleria store shot a lookbook with texas photographer shanna ingram and when i first opened these photos i was completely floored! these girls are gorgeous and the photos are lovely.

in this look: we the free concert raglan, mesh maxi half slip, lacey layering skort.

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in this look: fp-1 mesh maxi skirt, floral seamless bodycon slip, austin festival bag.

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in this look: boxy sheer stripe pullover, pearl eagle pendantfiona sunglasses, scarf coming soon.

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in this look: polynesian princess romper, even dots bandeau.

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in this look: skinny stripe bodysuit, fp-1 mesh ombre skirt.

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in this look: lovely lace halter tunic, honey textured tube, miranda sun hat.

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in this look: honey textured tube, scalloped eyelet short, raggy desert scarf, ombre seed bead collar.

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in this look: hinted florals maxi dress.

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in this look: wideleg sheer gauchos, fp-1 plaid crop top, embroidered mesh crop top, eastwood crossbody.

so beautiful, ladies! nice work :)

Daniel -May 19, 2011, 11:11AM
These photos are really awesome! I know the photographer and you can see more of her work at www.shanrenee.com.
darkberry32 -May 18, 2011, 11:31AM
Love Love Love this store!

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i’m so excited to show you our new summer store displays now that they’ve been installed in all of our stores! these photos are from the opening of our new houston galleria store.

here at the navy yard our display team gets to work painting straw baskets! these photos make you realize just how much hard work and crafting they do…

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the new store space is like a blank canvas about to be brought to life.

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the display team works their magic with the ombre rope to create an amazing macrame wall installation!

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the opposite wall is adorned with this incredible rope tapestry pieced together with yarn, pom-poms and trims from india.

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the delicate “sari dori” display that drapes from the ceiling is made of strips of fabric from indian saris strung together.

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i love all the beautiful dark wood.

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the bottoms of the baskets have been painted with neon colors and hung on the walls and above the cash-wrap as lights! so awesome.

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they’re also great for holding plants :) which leads me to my favorite part of the new displays…

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the window display, where these incredible swings live! i would kill to have one of these at my beach house. i mean really…

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so beautiful.  and stay tuned, because i have not one but two amazing pieces of the summer displays to give away on the blog… trust me, you don’t want to miss this one ;)

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