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the amazing mochila bags featured in our march catalog are a true labor of love.

each bag is hand woven by tribeswomen of the sierra nevada de santa marta in northern colombia, an act of tradition that has been practiced for thousands of years as a way of preserving their culture and earning a livelihood.  they believe that the act of weaving is a symbol of creativity, intelligence and wisdom, a practice that is passed on from one generation to the next, and the patterns woven into the bags are said to have a spiritual and cosmological significance. the history of these bags and all of the care that goes into them makes them extremely special – something to be cherished for a lifetime.

a third of the profits for each bag sold go to different community-based initiatives aimed at children and at supporting female artisans from indigenous communities in south america.

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i love how they look styled in our march catalog – the prints on the bags look awesome mixed with some of the bolder black and white prints in the clothing.

personally, i’ve got my eye on this one… i think it’s the beach bag i’ve been looking for my whole life. the perfect colors, the perfect size…i laid out what i’d pack for a day at the beach.

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items pictured: crochet bikini, borderline fringe sweater, daisy chain shorts, mandy braided sandal, sunglasses, lorimer straw hat, raggy desert scarf, pattern mochila woven bucket.

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check out our two kinds of mochila bags, here and here.

-Jul 16, 2011, 7:57AM
I sell these bags www.mochilabags.co.uk
Gia -Mar 12, 2011, 8:11AM
lovely! and not to be a jerk, but "columbia" should actually be spelled "colombia" jsyk!

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Odylyne

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Here’s another designer that we have featured in our March book –

ODYLYNE, is derived from all things beautiful. A simple concept and blend of bohemian and vintage styles with a touch of modern, clean lines. The inspiration behind the designs are also deeply rooted in the hippie chic world…where female artist set trends while breaking the rules of tongue-in-cheek fashion. The concept stays true to its original theme of creating the whimsical drama of mystery and sexiness without all the fuss. It just feels good and makes being a goddess pretty damn effortless. 

The dress is a show stopper and can be easily dressed up or down. Here’s a little interview about the brand

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n.mandi -Mar 10, 2011, 3:59PM
love odylyne
hitomi -Mar 10, 2011, 3:57PM
I love every ODYLYNE piece.. great concepts on everything..especially lykke li

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Post image for march catalog behind the scenes, pt. 1: the beach

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photos from our creative design assistant.

Monica -Mar 11, 2011, 1:22AM
I love the fp sail!
Anette -Mar 11, 2011, 1:08AM
Gorgeous look! Is it possible to order a catalogue if you're in Europe? http://sistergoldenair.blogspot.com/

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there’s a new girl in the office, and i am in love.  meet louisiana, lou for short, the newest member of the fp pup family! she belongs to our retail operations coordinator and is a cairn terrier and australian shepherd mix.  her markings and colors are so unique she almost looks wild! but she is the softest and sweetest thing ever…she was so sleepy when i took these pictures.

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and here she is hard at work on mom’s desk today…

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she kills me.

spa & wellness -Oct 19, 2011, 8:20PM
really wonderfull
Bernhard -Sep 06, 2011, 11:44AM
Wow, what for a lovely dog.

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i made my first vintage loves purchase the other week and i was so happy when it arrived in its lovely little tie dye bag! i totally forgot about them! i adore the colors and i want to be able to use it as a tote bag this summer, so i decided i’d add a handle!

this is super easy. all you need is a needle and thread, and whatever you want to use for the handle. i used a fabric belt that was part of an old coat i don’t even have anymore, but for some reason i kept the belt.

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i sewed the strap onto the inside of the bag, below the drawstring – i wanted to still be able to pull the bag closed with the drawstring.

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and that’s it!

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in case you missed it, check out our post from this summer when we showed you how we make the tie-dye bags!

Megan -May 08, 2011, 10:28PM
Where do you buy your bulk bags? I own a vintage clothing shop and have been looking do do something similar for my online orders but can't seem to find a bag I really like but these look awesome!
Fionazhou -Mar 10, 2011, 9:42AM
Life is full of this kind of small funny, ha? Enjoy every small thing in every day.

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A few inspiration images that make us say: Honestly…WTF!

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~from erica & lauren of honestly…wtf.

check out the awesome boot riders we’re carrying from erica’s 2 bandits line on our website here!

getfreemoney -Apr 10, 2011, 9:16AM
very nice pictures. With out photoshop. Very nice
Flor -Mar 10, 2011, 4:58PM
amazing!! beautiful pictures!! really =)

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Beach.

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Beach season is on its way and we’re indulging in relaxed items that can easily be rolled up in into a beach bag and make for the perfect day from day to night. Here’s about beach!

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jordan -Mar 09, 2011, 6:09PM
i love kris chau!!!
Taylor -Mar 09, 2011, 1:51PM
i really like the bikini and maxi cardigan look! comfy to the max! www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com

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a narrow island where blue water meets lush green fields, stone walls rise up out of the sea and cobblestone streets are lined with buildings the colors of sunset…here are some photos of our march catalog location, old san juan – the heart and soul of puerto rico.

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these lovely photos were taken by our producer.

Mariela -Apr 29, 2011, 6:37PM
OMG! I'm from PR and all these pictures are beautiful. I have a bout of nostalgia...
gus -Mar 18, 2011, 11:43PM
out of curiosity why did you choose PR? for the shoot...

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Post image for and…martha off duty!

earlier today we showed you martha ON duty, and here she is off duty, looking awesome in our new romantics cala luna top, skinny jeans and our lace oxfords with striped socks!

thanks to our stylist for taking these pics!

Elin -Mar 08, 2011, 7:32PM
Very cute!
-Mar 08, 2011, 4:58PM
did the march catalog drop today? i didn't receive mine :(

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tunesday

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“raindrops might fall on my head sometimes, but i don’t pay ‘em any mind. then again, i guess it ain’t always that way.”

kurt vile may be one of the best artists to come out of philly in a long time.  after hearing his newest album, smoke ring for my halo, i feel that i can say that. i thought his last album was great, but it sort of fell into that lo-fi, psychedelic rock category that you hear so much of, it all starts to sound the same (in my opinion).  this album has a much cleaner sound and that’s a good thing- it allows vile’s guitar playing and lyrics to shine.  in some songs on this album he actually reminds me a lot of richard ashcroft, who i love.  you can stream the entire album right now on NPR, or listen to a few of the tracks below!


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let me know what you think!

erin -Mar 09, 2011, 8:00PM
I happened to stumble upon a band recently that really captures the free people spirit. They are called Stonefield and they are a band of 4 sisters from Australia ages 20-12 but these girls rock hard, siting bands like Led Zeppelin and Frank Zappa as their major inflences. Check out Stonefield here: http://www.youtube.com/user/Stonefieldband
Paige -Mar 09, 2011, 4:09PM
Kurt Vile is good guy. He played a house show here in Arkansas at my friend's house. He just hung out with us and then went and did he thing. So cool and great music!

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martha hunt is one of our favorite models to work with – in our web studio and on catalog shoots, she consistently brings an amazing attitude and free spirited beauty. this past friday, our web studio did a special shoot with martha and had her style all her own outfits, as well as give makeup and hair direction. i got to watch and take some photos, and i must say… i have a little bit of a girl crush on martha!

she is so fun and full of personality, and the second she sets foot on set she is all business and works the camera like no other.  here’s a little behind the scenes look at martha ON duty, along with the final shots our photographer took of the five looks she styled.

in this look: runaway lace kaftan, IRO vova chain short, jade covered wedge.

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in this look: lace cropped kaftan, suede circle skirt, crosby platform.

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in this look: suede circle skirt, blank boy blue denim shirt, crochet bralette, napoli corset sandal.

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in this look: rib & lace maxi slip, doma studded leather jacket, ophelia platform boot.

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in this look: borderline fringe sweater, macedon wedge, pants coming soon.

so i’m curious, which outfit styled by martha is your favorite?

and stay tuned because later this week we’ll show you what makeup products were used to get her look ;)

Sabra -Jan 10, 2012, 4:43PM
I adore the denim top outfit! Beautiful!!
ramona -Mar 29, 2011, 4:40PM
sammy look at the swim section on the website. since they show the swimsuit from the back you will be able to see it. i had to increased the zoom on my screen to really see it... and i wasn't crazy there really was a scar there! its not as big as mine though. i'm one of the unlucky ones that has it pretty much all the way up and down.

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some oldies but goodies :)

Rebekah -Mar 10, 2011, 5:57AM
Looks like all the girls in the 5th picture are wearing the same top - Which top is it? I love it! Thanks!
Elin -Mar 08, 2011, 7:40PM
I totally agree! It looks like sooo much fun!

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