i went over and checked my mail today and was surprised to find a package waiting, from an unknown address and marked “do not bend.” i carefully opened it and out slid two pieces of cardboard taped together, inside of which were two pieces of art and a card.
“dear julia…here is a little fan art i created for free people. i am an artist and budding textile designer from queens, new york. i have been wearing free people for years now and i am a faithful follower of the building 25 blog. i love the free people aesthetic. it’s refreshing how interactive the company is with their customer base. free people is more like a community than just a brand. thank you for all the cool clothes and inspiration. love, melissa.”
this means so much, melissa! thank you!
as if that wasn’t enough, i was also sent this amazing bouquet of flowers from sullivan owen.
made my day :)
and a couple pics from the studio today…
i’m in love with these crochet bralettes from our march catalog.
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i always loved that scene from the breakfast club where ally sheedy dumps out her giant bag, revealing all the clutter she carried around. maybe because i’m the same way… my friends make fun of me because i always have so much pointless stuff in my bag and it takes me forever to find my keys in it.
it’s fascinating to see what’s inside peoples’ bags, it gives you a little peek into their personality. here our some of ours!
our office coordinator:
creative design assistant:
p.s. thanks A. for the awesome idea!
for all you ladies out there… boy style! happy friday :)
our senior stylist and creative director both looked awesome today…getting them to take a photo, however, not so easy! ;)
i think i’ve worn this scarf every day since i got it…
love this shirt!
i could spend hours wandering around our building checking out peoples’ desks… each one is like a window into who that person is – what they love and choose to surround themselves with and the things that inspire them when they’re creating. here are just a few of the amazing desk spaces from around the office…
our vintage buyer brought an article over to jemma about how to feng shui your desk at work, and i immediately decided my desk needed a makeover. my feng shui was all wrong… and with the beautiful weather we’re having today it felt like a good time to do some spring cleaning!
(the article is from whole living magazine)
here’s what my workspace looked like before – a cluttered mess!
to feng shui my desk i followed the instructions above as well as i could with what i have here at work. i put my plant, dreamcatcher and buddha figurine in the back left (or top left) area, with a photo of the sunset over the pacific in the background to make it feel as zen as possible. the bottom left area has a collage of photos from my latest trip, just kids, “music we like” from amoeba (a great music reference), my little journal and peaceful accents of blue. at the top right i have photos of loved ones and notes and cards from friends at work, and at the bottom right i hung some scraps of fabric to inspire creativity.
here’s the end result:
it may not look much different but it sure feels better! now i just need to feng shui my apartment…
everyone looks so lovely in the office today! i noticed a theme of pretty vintage and flowy dresses over leggings with socks and sandals or ankle boots.
i also really loved this tshirt with the pink bra peeking out!
and this jewelry…
and toby’s new spring tie :)
valentine’s day isn’t just about your significant other…it’s a celebration of all the things we love in life- even the simplest things. here are some of the things we’re in love with right now!
“i’m in love with my new ring!” – graphic designer
“i’m in love with lipstick! especially my new orange one…and i cant wait till spring to wear the pink one.” – office coordinator
“i love japanese masking tape….it comes in such pretty colors and patterns.” – graphic designer
“girl scout cookies!!!!!” – everyone
“i’m in love with these flowers my friend sent me.” – director of design and image
“i love my cat!” – designer
“i love america…i just moved here from london!” – designer
“i love these sweet cards a co-worker sent me…the bunny on the left below is wearing a little piece of one of my knits!” – designer
“i love shrunken denim jackets like this one on our creative director! i’m going to buy this one.” – creative design assistant
“i love really old vintage valentines! the free library (in philly) has some that you can look at but they’re so old you’re not allowed to touch them.” – creative director
“my dog monster is my valentine :)” – designer
tell me, what are you in love with right now?
there’s another toby in the office! i met this little ragamuffin the other day when i found him in the hall playing with his ball and squirrel…
toby is quite stylish in his bandana and puffer jacket:
kisses for mom :)
this month when walking into our cafeteria you must pass by a brigade of jackrabbits, perched alertly on their haunches with their ears straight up in the air, like they’re about to take off running. i looked up the artist who makes them, and the story behind them is pretty cool.
artist beau buck uses recycled materials, including hunting vests, denim, mexican blankets, and even remnants of a betsy ross american flag. he also collects coats, bags and other fashion items that are made with fur, leather, teeth and feathers, and repurposes them as sculptures of the animals they originate from. very neat idea!
his other work is pretty interesting too, check out his website here.