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get to know our amazing december catalog photographer, chrissy piper!

How did you first get involved with free people?
I had a friend who worked on the team that did in-store installations for Anthropologie. She mentioned that my work seemed perfect for Free People. Soon after that, I brought my book in to meet with Carrie (our videographer).  At the time I shot mostly music (my book had portraits of Cat Power, Evan Dando, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Paul Westerberg, etc.) so we sat there nerding out on music for a long time. Not long after they booked me for my first shoot :)

When did you know you wanted to be a photographer?
I’d say pretty early on. As a kid my Mom would give me her camera (without film in it) to walk around taking pictures. One day the camera stopped winding. When I went in to ask my Mom about it, she realized that there had been a roll of film in the camera. When the film came back from the lab, there were lots of photos of one trash can, shot from all different angles. She asked me what I was taking a photo of and my response– “I was waiting for Oscar to pop out.” So, I think wanting to be a photographer has always been inside of me.

What kind of camera do you use? Do you always have a camera on you?

The camera I use more than anything is my Leica M4. I love it and for me, nothing really compares. When shooting something that needs a quick turnaround or digital, I use a Canon Mark II or 5D Mark II.
Yep, I always have a Yashica T4 in my little bag!

Who are some of your personal favorite photographers?
There are so many! Always inspired by others– Robert Frank, Helen Levitt, David Bailey, John Heartfield, Sylvia Plachy, Tim Walker.

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the photographer at work, shooting our december book.

How was your experience shooting the Free People catalog?
I love shooting with the Free People crew. I feel like Doub (our creative director) and I share a really similar vision of the shoot and it’s just really great (and inspiring) to bounce ideas off of one another. We all worked really hard but had a great time doing it! I also love the girls that were casted for this shoot. They were both very confident as well as (naturally) beautiful.

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Is there a particular shot in the catalog that you love most?
I love the center photo of Martha standing in the road. She just looks so bad ass to me!

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How would you describe your personal style? Do you have a favorite item from our December catalog?
My “style” is pretty much Tom Boy with a few “girly” essentials! There were so many clothes (and boots) on this shoot that I wanted!!!

I can’t tell you how many times my assistant Autumn and I were like “I WANT THAT!” The red leather jacket Martha is wearing on the motorcycle is amazing as well as the black crotchet dress. Oh and I’ll take all of the boots in the catalog!!!


I loved your three records show and thought the whole concept was awesome! What are the three records that changed and/or inspired your life?

Thank you! The Three Records Zine has been like my baby for years so it means the world when people really get it.
Here are my records from the first issue:

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Where do you live? What are your favorite things to do there?
I currently live in Los Angeles. Most of my time is spent in bookstores (Skylight and Family books) or the Pacific Ocean (surfing).

here’s some more of chrissy’s work:

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tomboy photographer into music, bookstores and surfing? a girl after my own heart :) check out her website here, and view our december catalog here.

Angela Datre -Dec 09, 2010, 12:23AM
Forgot how I first came across Chrissy's work years ago but ever since she has been an inspiration. This catalog was beautiful!
fp julia -Dec 08, 2010, 1:19PM
the trashcan story is one of the best things i've ever heard.

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we’re doing another giveaway – this time on twitter!

a lot of you have been asking about the amazing saddle bag on the back of the motorcycle on the cover of our december catalog.  this one of a kind piece was made in india, using the same antique quilts used in many of our store displays and embellished with studs and leather fringe.  this bag has seen some wear and tear but that just makes it look even cooler! can you imagine having this on the back of your bike?!?

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to win all you have to do is head over to our twitter page and tweet a story or memory involving a motorcycle @ us with this link: http://ow.ly/3kGYq. if you don’t already, make sure you follow us on twitter so you don’t miss out on fun stuff like this!

i thought this one was pretty cute:

“im secretly in love with my boyfriend’s motorcycle & i pretend to ride it while it’s stationed in the garage.”

the winner will be selected at random on friday. good luck!

fp julia -Dec 08, 2010, 10:19AM
i guess maybe it's a bag/case? haha...the interior is a sturdy plastic.
Cat horn -Dec 08, 2010, 8:20AM
Those are absolutely awesome! I really wish I had a motorcycle to put them on :-)

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such a sweet little sketch.

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one of our fans tried the hand-drawn frames! it looks so much better than mine!

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and a mini tree inspired by our store displays! so rad.

peggy -Nov 30, 2010, 8:09PM
Such talent. Taylor keep drawing!
Taylor -Nov 30, 2010, 3:45PM
thanks so much! and yes, i will make some more! :)

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in the spirit of today being wednes-DIY, i wanted to share some photos that our facebook fans have uploaded recently, showing how they’ve turned their fp bags into shirts!

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very creative, ladies! i might have to try this as well…

Athena -May 19, 2011, 2:31PM
I love these Free People bags! I cut up my mini bag and created a free people nanny coin purse!
Anna -Jan 04, 2011, 7:47PM
love the first one how did you make it

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when we launched our holiday boutiques this month, i told you guys about a special section for blogger picks, featuring jemma and my favorite items. well today i wanted to share some new additions- we asked a few of our favorite bloggers to pick their favorites as well – here they are!

chantal of cocorosa – i’ve been following her blog for a while now but i had the pleasure of meeting her a few months ago and she is seriously adorable!  if you want to know what she’s like check out this video on her blog. i love people who don’t take themselves too seriously! and she always looks amazing- i think she can pull of any look!

shop chantal’s picks here.

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we met dylana of nana in wonderland when we worked with her and her sister natalie on our october catalog, and we fell in love with both of them! her style is a lovely combination of classic and vintage with a modern twist. she’s also a great photographer and she can play guitar and sing!

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shop dylana’s picks here.

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gemma of fade to black – i’ve been hooked on her blog ever since i discovered it! she has amazing style – like bohemian meets new york cool.  and she’s got serious artistic talent- check out the dreamcatcher she drew!

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shop gemma’s picks here.

i love seeing everyone’s different picks! view all of the blogger wishlists here.

fp jemma -Nov 15, 2010, 4:28PM
awesome, awesome I love these blogger's style!!!

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as a vegetarian, i often find myself in a bit of a conundrum when it comes to some clothing. i love the look and feel of leather jackets, and lately i’ve been thinking about purchasing one, but a part of me always feels guilty. am i a true vegetarian if i wear a leather jacket? is that hypocritical? sure i could buy a fake leather jacket…but they never seem to look as cool as the real ones.

the battalion has come along and solved my problem, by creating “vegan” leather pants and jackets that look just as good as, or better than, the real thing. i decided to find out a little bit more about the company and wow…i am in love.

the battalion specializes in knits and woven fabrics that are eco-friendly, primarily rayon, bamboo, organic cotton, promodal, recycled polyester, veggie fur, veggie leather, and cruelty free “peace” silk.

here’s a brief interview with battalion founder linda wong!

What inspired you to start the battalion?

I see clothes as something more than adornment of oneself but as the foundation of one’s creativity and personal expression.  I started The Battalion as a vehicle to communicate that vision.

Have you always been passionate about fashion and designing? How would you describe your personal style?

My first love is drawing and creating.  As I acquired the technical skills of clothes making, I fell in love with fashion design. My style is exactly like how I design.  It has to be comfortable but not boring.  It is relevant to popular and sub cultures, and full of narratives

What environmental issue are you most passionate about?

The Battalion is a member of The Nature Conservancy and 1% for the Planet.  We are passionate about preserving nature.  We also recognize that in order to make a fundamental difference with environmental issues, we have to encourage the right environmental policies to be in place.  We mobilize our fans via twitter, facebook to get out the vote for all issues that will better our environment.  Lastly and most importantly, we are promoting the benefits of wearing faux fur.  It is not only ethical, but it is more beautiful and alluring to wear something where no animals were hurt in the process.

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I read that the inspiration for the AW10 collection is landscape, desert and a wolf named Indio. Can you explain this a little bit more?

Years ago, my design partner worked in the costume department of one of Wim Wenders movies.  His movies were known for it’s beautiful imageries of Americana.  Recently I found a road atlas he left behind with detailed notes of routes he had taken during the scout.   So we went on a road trip, following the routes from Los Angeles, to Palm Desert, through Las Vegas, up to Monument Valley in Utah and down to Sedona, Arizona.   The collection is the reflection of our epic trip.  And yes, we met a wolf name Indio in the desert whom inspired our expanded faux fur collection.

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What’s next for the battalion? Is there anything you can share that you’re working on now and are really excited about?

For Spring 2011 we have some beautiful hand crochet pieces that are made in a very new way.  Instead if using yarns, we crochet our ultra soft and light weight jersey fabrics.

The results are beautiful and delicate looking tops and dresses with self-crochet details. We are also making new versions of our best seller, The Battalion knit pants with buckle trims, motorcycle details, and some secret ingredients.  More to come!

view the battalion items available at freepeople.com here.

thank you linda!

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diana -Nov 12, 2010, 1:02PM
wow, this is great, I am also a vegetarian and I have the same problem as u, I just love the way lether looks and feels but I feel guilty every time I even think of purchasing such an item and this is just the fix for me, what an inspirational post:)

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one of our fans reached out to us on facebook to share her connection with free people, and had this to say:

“I just wanted  to say that I personally love the free people philosophies. Not many clothing  brands tend to inspire you as a “person” but free people does a great job at  inspiring their consumers, daily. Through the art and photography in the  catalogs, to the clothing materials themselves, they allow you to DREAM to be the person you feel you are to be, without restraint, without holding back, to have the FREEdom to be who you are, and for that to be a beautiful thing. To live and love in the moment. To dare to be more with your life and to not worry about what others may perceive. Be you, be beautiful (that is  my personal motto) and I believe free people does a wonderful job capturing that specific essence. Great job. Much love,  Candice.”

that is what it’s all about! thank you for the inspiring words, candice, it means so much to us. xoxo.

sherri -Jan 01, 2013, 4:53PM
I actually follow this girl's blog and I noticed the link above for her blog and it's not correct, her blog is http://alisvolatpropriisalways.tumblr.com/
karin -Nov 11, 2010, 1:55PM
i looked her up on facebook, and yes she does have a blog, its worldupsidedown.tumblr.com & her name is candice devan chumley for facebook. i looked up the comment post on fb on fp haha

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a lil sneak peek at something we did for the blog today :)

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such a lovely batch of photos from our facebook fans!

aubrey -Oct 26, 2010, 1:23AM
these are amazing

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a couple of our stores posted about the blog fashionlitter on their facebook pages so i checked it out- this girl definitely loves fp! and she wears it well too :) i like the way she styled our items in these pics!

wearing the front & center pullover and velvet foliage dress.

the petticoat halter dress.

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the quiet harmony dress.

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i would never think to do this, but the we the free mala strana dress looks great layered over the we the free gathered stripes top!

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the beautiful stardust dress.

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i love how the engraved knuckle ring and triple stone ring look together!

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wearing the we the free pieced cable sweatshirt and jeffrey campbell solvang clog.

she looks great!

-Oct 22, 2010, 11:21AM
She looks amazing!! Great style!!
-Oct 21, 2010, 10:52PM
wish i could aford all those free people clothes.... my dreeeam...

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time to get to know our second october catalog model, georgia larsen!

What is your theme song?

At the moment it’s Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s – 40 day dream. It instantly makes me feel on top of the world.

If you could go anywhere in the world, free of cost, where would you go?

I’d love to go to India as I’ve heard it’s a really life changing experience. I’d make sure I picked up some Indian jewelery too!

If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?

A computer (I’m addicted to the Internet), my dog Dora and a huge set of speakers so I could dance to incredibly loud music.

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How would you describe your personal style? What are your favorite items from free people right now?

I’ve always been pretty bohemian – I love messy hair and clothes that look a bit disheveled. I think my favourite look is to mix something pretty with something grungy. I’m totally obsessed with Free People shoes, especially the Doub studded clogs and the sling back wood platforms. I’m also in love with the Fields of Lace dress.

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What is your biggest fear?

My biggest fear is boredom – I always need to be on an adventure or doing something that makes me feel inspired.

Winter, spring, summer or fall?

It’s got to be spring. In England, we don’t really get good summers but our spring is beautiful. I love how hopeful and excited people feel in spring as the winter is finally ending and the flowers begin to peek.

What color are you?

Coral. I don’t know why, but I always feel attracted to warm colours. Whenever I see something coral I have to stop and look.

What is your motto?

I know it’s so cliché, but I’ve never found a motto to be as true as “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. The more experiences I gain, good or bad, the easier things get.

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What is your favorite hobby?

I’ve got so many it’s hard to pick one. Traveling is pretty high up there, I’m fascinated by other cultures and addicted to the excitement of it.

If you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?

Probably Devendra Banhart – he looks like he’d be a lot of fun. I love how undeniably eccentric and original he is.

What’s the last album you bought? What else is on your ipod right now?

The last album I bought was by Natty – he’s a British reggae musician. At the moment my ipod is full of the Black Keys, Dan Auerbach, Kings of Leon and a lot of hip hop.

What is your dream job?

For a while now I’ve been hoping to get into fashion buying. Anything that involves trend prediction, research and travel always gets me excited.

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What inspired you to start a blog?

Initially my friend Jemma inspired me to start a blog as I was fascinated by her blog, Frontier Magic. I had a desperate need for a creative outlet, and a blog just seemed the perfect solution for that.

What influences your style?

Sometimes I don’t know what influences my style – I just find myself being naturally drawn towards certain looks. But I think the blogging world has had a massive effect on my style as I can easily spend hours looking at blogs. I find them far more interesting than fashion magazines.

How would you define your signature look?

It’s usually a vintage dress teamed with some ankle cowboy boots and socks. I’m also pretty addicted to denim cut offs…

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from her blog, dora’s fur.

What designers are you inspired by?

I’m obsessed with anything by Miu Miu. They do the most incredible accessories and print designs. I’m also a fan of Chloe, Alexander Wang, Charlotte Ronson and Christopher Kane.

What’s your most memorable experience whilst blogging?

It’s got to be doing the photoshoot for Free People!

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How was your free people experience?

Incredible. The team who work for Free People are some of the loveliest, most creative people I have ever met. I feel such a connection with the brand and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

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check out georgia’s blog, dora’s fur, and view our october catalog right here!

-Oct 13, 2010, 7:30PM
the dress in the first image is just too beautiful, i want it!! xx
joannna -Oct 13, 2010, 7:18PM
shes my favorite of the three, the shoot looks so fun! x

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get to know the first of our three october catalog models, natalie suarez!

What is your theme song?

I’m in love with all Bob Dylan songs. He explains things about life so clearly in his music. My two favorites are “Don’t think twice, it’s all right” and “Like a rolling stone.”

If you could go anywhere in the world, free of cost, where would you go?

I would go to Europe! It would be a dream trip for me.

If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?

If I were stranded on an island, I would want to have food, shelter, and possibly a computer, though there probably wouldn’t be wifi. Maybe even a guitar just to keep me occupied!

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How would you describe your personal style? What are your favorite items from free people right now?

My personal style is really a mix of everything. I don’t just stick to one particular look. I wear a lot of vintage pieces that I mix in with designer finds and basics. I like to wear things that are unique so that I stand out from a crowd. My favorite items from Free People right now would have to be the gorgeous BodyCon dresses and the fitted lace blouses. I love how you can layer anything with Free People and it looks totally cool and beautiful. I love Free People’s soft fabrics and vintage inspired prints.

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What is your biggest fear?

Hmm, my biggest fear would probably be to lose someone I really love. I need my family and friends to keep me grounded.

Winter, spring, summer or fall?

That’s hard to pick. I love Spring and Fall. Both such beautiful seasons.

What color are you?

I would say my color is Green. I don’t know, I’ve always had this thing for dark olive or forest green shades.

What is your motto?

Just go with the flow. Try not to take everything so seriously. Things always happen for a reason.

What is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobby would be singing and playing my guitar. It’s such a great way to release my energy and just let go. It gets me to really feel my emotions. And it’s really something so personal to me.

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If you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?

I would spend the day with Jane Birkin. She seems like such a beautiful soul with so much talent. I would love to hear her story. She was an icon, but has so much mystery.

What’s the last album you bought? What else is on your ipod right now?

I recently got all the Rilo Kiley music. I’m obsessed with them. All their songs are great for driving in the car or just sitting in the subway. I also really love M.I.A, Vampire Weekend, Sun-kil Moon, Led Zeppelin, Paolo Nutini, and of course Bob Dylan. I really like all kinds of music.

If you weren’t a model what would you do?

If I weren’t a model, I would probably be focusing on music more. Also, I have always loved the whole college atmosphere. It seems like so much fun and I do enjoy learning and doing normal things like attending class. I plan on finishing college in the future. But for now, I’ve been really lucky with modeling and I love that I get to constantly meet new people and see new places.

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What inspired you to start a blog?

My sister, Dylana of the fashion blog, “Nana in Wonderland” first had a blog. She introduced me to the whole blogging community and I was fascinated. The photography and styling was so inspiring. I started blogging a bit on her blog, then decided to start my own. I’m so happy I did start blogging. It has brought me so many amazing opportunities.

What influences your style?

So many things influence my style. Editorials, street style photos, and music influence my style. Some days I’ll feel like dressing down if I’m having a mellow day and others I’ll throw on some heels and some really amazing vintage. The blogs influence my style as well. People are constantly updating with the latest images and you can’t help but take note of what looks amazing in the photographs and embracing that into your own personal style.

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What designers are you inspired by?

I’m inspired by Alexander Wang, Dries Van Noten, and Miu Miu. Those are just a few of my favorites.

What’s your most memorable experience whilst blogging?

My most memorable experience while blogging was getting contacted by Free People to appear in the October catalog. It was such a dream come true. I couldn’t believe it when I got the message. I feel so lucky and am so happy! I’ve been collecting Free People catalogs for years. I find them so inspiring. The styling and photography are so beautiful every single time. I’m a huge fan.

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How was your free people experience?

It was truly amazing. Everyone at Free People was so inviting and just so much fun to work with. We had a lot of laughs! The Free People clothes are also so so beautiful. I loved every piece I put on and they all work so well together, mixed and matched. It was amazing to be shot by my sister, Dylana, as well. I feel we really captured my personal style and the Free People vibe. We all worked together really well and nailed the shoot! I loved working with everyone at the team in Philadelphia and I hope to work with Free People again in the future. The whole experience was just something I will never forget.

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be sure to check out natalie’s blog, natalie off duty! the october catalog can be viewed in full right here.

Kera -Oct 06, 2010, 12:46PM
Black wedges with embroidered flowers! I loved them!
thomas -Oct 05, 2010, 7:30PM
thanks carrie! see you in a few days i hope! xo.

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