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we’ve posted about the amazing jewelry designer sarah lewis on the blog before – as a former member of the fp team she is a part of the free people family and we love carrying her designs. she also has an adorable store in philly called adorn. read on for a brief interview with sarah and to see photos of her beautiful store and jewelry!
How did you get started as a jewelry designer?
I’ve been making jewelry for as long as I can remember! When I was really young, I did a lot of beadwork and macramé, and then started working with glass when I was in high school. I started working with silver and stone while living in Arizona. I have only been focusing all of my energy on my jewelry business for the past year, (before that, I was working for Free People!), but so far it has been going well. I guess the way that I got started was just making the initial decision to go for it!
Where do you draw inspiration for your work?
I draw inspiration from everything around me. My mind is always going, thinking of new jewelry designs. I also am really inspired by the natural beauty of the materials that I work with. Because so much of what I do is based on the materials that I work with, I really love going to gem and mineral shows to search for material. I often can pick up a piece, and immediately picture what I will make out of it. I am also inspired by the past. I find a lot of materials and design ideas by shopping at flea markets, and vintage and thrift stores. While staying true to my own earthy and bohemian style, I also draw inspiration from fashion. I try to create pieces that are beautiful and timeless, but also stylish and on trend. I also think of jewelry styles as how they relate to apparel, what they could be worn with, and how they could be used to complete an outfit.
What are some of your styles that you’re really excited about right now?
I am really excited about some of my recent ring styles. I’ve been doing a lot of rings with drusy quartz, amethyst, and crazy lace agate. I also really like my new gemstone fringe bib necklace, and my concentric circles crystal necklace. I also am currently working on a new collection of jewelry and handbags for FP for holiday that I am really excited about – so watch out for them in November!
What are some of your other hobbies?
I really love to travel, and hang out with my friends, and I live for seeing live music – so I usually combine the three! Also, even though I live in the city, I love the outdoors. I try to go hiking, snowboarding, and make trips to the beach as much as I can.
center, rocking the sequin slip at phish!
How would you describe your personal style? What are some of your favorite free people items?
I would describe my style as earthy and feminine by day and rockstar by night – so I am a total Free People girl! I am obsessed with all of the versions of the birds of paradise dress, and I could not live without my fp intimates. I wear my bandeaus and halter tops all the time, and .I own two sequin slips that I have probably worn hundreds of times! They are so great for layering, I can always find new ways to wear them. I also have a few FP sweaters that will probably stay in my wardrobe forever, because they are so soft and comfy, and I love the FP beach styles too!
What is your motto?
Work hard, but play hard too. I am a total workaholic, but I love what I do so much, that it doesn’t really seem like work. My business keeps me so busy that I often have trouble breaking away. But I know that it is important to take breaks and go out and have fun!
What does free mean to you?
To me, freedom means being able to be creative everyday, making a living doing what I love, staying connected with nature and spending time with the people I love.
yesterday the beautiful chantal of cocorosa just so happened to be at the urban headquarters in support of her friend who is a shoe designer, so we invited her to stop by the free people office! she is such a lovely person and i always admire her style. i had a great time hanging out with her and playing dress up – she picked some of her favorite items and modeled them while i took photos!
her picks were the first impressions jacket, the charmer tall boot (in our september catalog); the front & center pullover and the leather expedition hat. other boots also coming soon. go see more photos on her blog!
these summery photos from our facebook fans are reminding me to get outside and enjoy what’s left of the summer. it’s gonna be a hot week, fall’s not here just yet!
oh and isn’t that last photo great?! inspired by our vintage loves photo:
sadly, it is time to say farewell to our concept intern, stacey, who is leaving us to go to college. please enjoy one last post from her!
I feel as if everywhere I turn I see dreamcatchers. Suspended from rearview mirrors, splashed across blogs, discreetly tucked into editorial images, they are difficult to ignore…not that I would want to. While a trend beloved by too many tires easily, its ubiquity stripping away the element of novelty too soon, the recent overwhelming amount of dreamcatchers has yet to repel me; it just leaves me wanting to know more. It is easy to lose the story in a profusion of images so I looked for it in the legend. These words from Core Designs convince me that a dreamcatcher definitely warrants a warm place above my pillow—
“The dreamcatcher legend originated from the Ojibway and Lakota Elders. They tell us that dreams do hold great power and drift about at night before coming to the sleeping ones. To keep the dreamer safe, the Old Ones created a special web, The Dreamcatcher, to hang above their sleeping places. The ancient story told by the Native Elders is that the Dreamcatcher’s hoop, with the intricate webbing at it’s center, ensures a sleep undisturbed by bad dreams. The good dreams would take the path of the web with great ease to its center and would float gently down the trail of beads, and like the feather, drift down into the minds of the sleepers below.
The bad dreams would struggle with the web and become entangled as the night would pass, leaving them to perish in the rays of the new day sun in the morning.”
The word “dreams” itself is so airy — wispy and elfin when written and rolls cheerfully off the tongue when spoken. The “d” stretches wildly in a yawn before guiding the remaining letters into a calm lethargy. Just hearing and reading and speaking the word throws my imagination into overdrive. Admiring the word and its shape-shifting quality got me thinking about the other meaning of dreams, the even less tangible one that consumes the mind long after the sun has risen and the darkness melted away. A recent dream of mine came true this summer and comes to a close today and I can’t help but feel a melancholy, like I am groping in vain at a fleeting something that has came and passed and can no longer be recovered. I recognize that interning at Free People this summer has been a gift in many forms. Meeting so many wonderful people and being able to observe them and learn from them has enriched not only my understanding of how a corporate setting works, but educated me in the intricate way that a group of creative and hard-working people come together to create something that makes people feel good about themselves. I am very lucky to have had this experience and would not trade this summer for any other.
Thank you, Free People, for having me. :)
in case you missed any of her lovely posts, click on these links:
thank you stacey, keep in touch!
how handsome is he??? this is toby, who i am very excited now gets to come to work in our office with our field recruiter! he came in yesterday looking very dapper in his tie, and i asked him some questions for the blog :)
where are you from?
what are some of your favorite things?
bananas, trash scavenging, sleeping, cuddling… and cookies.
what about your least favorite things?
being left alone!
what do you like to do during the day?
sleep and cuddle.
do you like coming to work in our office?
i love it! everyone comes over and says hello to me, they’re very friendly.
what is your favorite color?
what kind of music do you like to listen to?
i like bluegrass.
what is your favorite food?
bananas and peanut butter!
what’s your favorite place you’ve traveled?
hiking in the white mountains in my home state of new hampshire.
anything else we should know about you?
if you feed me and hug me, i’ll love you forever :)
doesn’t this picture just make you want to lie down and cuddle with him?
the last three photos were posted by one of our facebook fans who had them taken at gerald decock’s amazing home!
i know some of you have been wondering about our wanderlust winner :) the lucky girl is andrea from fairfax, california! i asked her some questions to learn some more about her, and it’s clear she’s a real yoga lover and free spirit – it’s great she was able to experience wanderlust!
What is your theme song?
Breathe Me, Sia
If you could go anywhere in the world, free of cost, where would you go?
I’d sail the Caribbean (and the Mediterranean!) with my dad.
If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
Since we’re speaking purely in hypotheticals… an eco-friendly, self-sustaining prefab dwelling; an old typewriter with the longest piece of banana paper imaginable; and an extensive supply of vegan pizza.
How would you describe your personal style? What are your favorite items from free people right now?
I’d say I’m kind of a boho badass, rocking torn jeans, oversized beanies and tight tops with draping jewelry and windswept hair. I’m really digging all the boots and the Ruffled Layers Maxi Skirt at Free People right now. And all the rough cut crystal jewelry is awesome (got me some of that).
What is your biggest fear?
Something bad happening to someone in my family.
Winter, spring, summer or fall?
Summer love… salty hair, tan skin, bikinis, booty shorts, fresh coconuts…
What color are you?
I am chartreuse.
What is your motto?
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu: May ALL beings EVERYWHERE be happy, free, and fully expressed, and may each of us live our lives to that end.
What is your favorite hobby?
Yoga! Though it’s much more than just a hobby…
If you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?
A dinosaur (preferably not of the carnivorous variety…) or Pattabhi Jois
What was your favorite thing about Wanderlust?
Live music during yoga classes, especially Chid Rasa with Janet Stone and Hareesh Wallis. So decadent. So galvanizing to the soul. One word: yum.
here she is getting an adjustment from yoga instructor janet stone at wanderlust :)
our sweet and talented creative team intern is leaving us to go off to college. she will be missed – here are some photos from her goodbye party. ice cream sandwiches and root beer floats YUM!