cara has been with us at king of prussia, pa as an associate for quite a while now and has been a great part of our team. her hard work and love for the brand has landed her an operations internship at the home office this summer – we look forward to having you here, cara!
the free people family extends far beyond the home office – the girls that work in our stores are amazing and they make shopping at the stores a special experience for everyone who walks in the door. today i’d like to introduce you to kim, from our torrance, CA store! read on to learn a little bit more about her and her personal style.
“i love delicate and light fabrics like lace, silk and chiffon. i toughen it up by adding mixed-metal jewelry and accessories. i am a juxtaposition of candy and lou by day and ginger by night!”
what is your theme song?
“head on” by the jesus and mary chain- this song gets me movin and groovin. (listen below!)
if you could go anywhere in the world, free of cost, where would you go?
cambodia to visit the motherland for the first time.
if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
laptop with internet access for unlimited entertainment, my boyfriend for companionship and a vintage, champagne colored beaded gown.
what is the one article of clothing you can’t live without?
even though i’m a fashion junkie, this is a surprisingly difficult question to answer- everything i own i can’t live without! for the sake of answering this question i will say my stuart weitzman suede ankle boots because i can wear them from dawn to dusk and still dance in them all night long.
what is your biggest fear?
dying young :(
winter, spring, summer or fall?
spring- a season of celebration, rebirth and dewy flowers.
what color are you?
violet is harmonious and splendid and my favorite color.
what is your motto?
“the world is a playground and life is pushing my swing” – natalie kocsis.
what is your favorite hobby?
writing, living and dreaming of fashion.
if you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?
my dad, who passed away when i was 8 – i’d love to spend a day as daddy’s little girl!
a dog bed made of free people bags! our store manager in greenwich sent me the following photos and blurb that was so cute i had to share…
alison is from new york city and is one of our favorite customers in greenwich connecticut. she saved and recycled our free people shopping bags to make a bed for her dog! alison cut the fabric into small pieces and wrapped it carefully around a wire cord to create a base for the bed. she then continued to double the wire cord and wrap the free people fabric strips around as she built the bed walls. we think it looks amazing and her dogs are very happy campers!
alison made the bed for chelsea, the english cocker spaniel pictured above – but her other dog, ollie (below), likes to steal it because it’s so comfy!
those dogs do look very content! i love this project…it also sort of reminds me of the rag rugs we posted a little while ago (here). hmmm…maybe you could make a rag rug out of free people bags??
the first music festival of the season has come to a close… from what our fpgirls tell me, it’s a five day marathon of hitting as many possible shows as you can and going on very little sleep – but the opportunity to see so many amazing acts, many of them up-and-coming, makes it all worth it.
our free people store in austin had an event on friday featuring bands the boo who’s, jrl and the second grace, along with treats from hey cupcake! and giveaways for customers. luckily they had a camera on hand to capture all the fun!
how adorable is this little girl in the last pic? our youngest fp fan :)
did any of you attend sxsw? what was your favorite moment?
any portland readers out there? on the third thursday of each month, northwest 23rd street, where our store is located, has a day of special events and discounts. celebrate the start of spring and stop by our store today for special treats, and a music mix with purchases over $50!
i’ve always wanted to visit portland and these photos are making me want to even more…that street looks so pretty.
well sxsw is officially underway in austin… our fp girls are there and told me they’re excited about the urban outfitters shows starting today – they’re going to be pretty killer this year! a ton of great bands will play at urban’s backlot throughout the festival – including local natives, who i wrote about yesterday, and this band, the golden filter:
i think these photos are amazing – taken by our fpgirl at last year’s sxsw.
a couple of weeks ago i got an email from a reader named katie, who wanted to tell me about a website she started called art wall. i wanted to share this cool site and a brief interview with you…
a lover of art with a background in display and visual merchandising, katie always felt that there was something missing from the experience of shopping for art online: the “wow” factor that inspired display can add to the equation. with art wall she saw an opportunity to bring the two together. read on for a brief interview with katie about the website.
what inspired you to create art wall online?
if i think back it was really out of a desire to showcase special picks and finds for a fan-based site i run: savegocco.com. i wanted a way to feature and highlight my picks: enter the “studio” room. it was going to stop there as just a page in the save gocco domain, but then i thought: why not make a whole website with pages dedicated to different rooms in a house? i have a total crush on art walls, i find them fascinating and think it takes a special skill to create them in a way that looks interesting. i’ve studied them in magazines for years so it was only natural that i used that type of display to highlight multiple pieces of art that worked together…i used my own home as inspiration.
the website features different rooms- an entryway, dining room, master bedroom, etc. – each with a selection of artwork displayed on the walls. viewers can click on the artwork to see an image of the piece, and information about the artist.
i read on your blog that february’s master bedroom had a “love” theme – do all the rooms have themes?
all the rooms have a very subtle theme in the sense that each one has at least one piece that relates to the room. read: a key lino print in the entryway, the gocco prints in the studio, a sultry portrait in the bedroom. i don’t love themes for rooms in general but i do appreciate that different pieces may work better in specific rooms.
i love all the artists you feature on art wall – do you select who you’re going to feature, or do people submit their work to you?
the displayed pieces are a mix of artists who have submitted their work to me and artists i’ve invited to display. i want the site to continue to have a specific look and feel so i think it’s important for me to keep scouring the indie marketplaces for that look.