we are so excited to have a new intern here to help us out! her name is naomi and she’s a student at drexel university here in philly, and she’ll be helping me out with blog stuff and writing the occasional post, so keep an eye out! here’s a little more about her…
with earth day literally just around the corner, i felt that the timing was perfect to tell you guys about some special bags we’re carrying right now that are made out of recycled materials. not only are these bags gorgeous, but you can take comfort in knowing that they are crafted out of repurposed items like vintage military bags, vintage fabrics and old leather jackets.
the gorgeous belmont backpack by ashley watson is my favorite. the vancouver based designer draws her inspiration from leather jackets she finds in thrift stores, and each bag is crafted from recycled leather jackets, incorporating features like pockets and seams to make them unique and special. the leather is perfectly worn and soft, carrying with it a history all its own.
i fell in love with both of these bags by foley and corinna when i saw them on sasha pivovarova in our april catalog, but i love them even more now that i know they are made from recycled and vintage materials. dana foley and anna corinna met when they both had booths at the chelsea art and antique market in 1998 – dana sold her original creations and anna sold vintage clothing. they joined together and started designing pieces that were both original and incorporated vintage elements. the musette satchel is made of vintage military bags with delicate, hand-crocheted fringe, and the bora hobo is made of varying, colorful found fabrics so they are each one-of-a-kind.
this fanny pack is another favorite, by artists and revolutionaries – an organic and eco-friendly label based in brooklyn. their philosophy is “to create unique handcrafted items, using eco-friendly materials and processes.” like the designers above, they use repurposed and up-cycled materials in addition to hemp and organic cottons. the fanny pack is made of repurposed vintage leather and has unique details like buttons and pockets, and a braided belt buckle strap.
happy earth day!
by now you guys have seen the lovely martha hunt on our website and in our catalogs, but did you ever wonder what her real life is like? martha was kind enough to put together a post about a recent trip she took to paris for our blog!
I had the lucky task of jetting to Paris for a couple of weeks to schmooze with clients. The City of Lights has a lot to offer, so I try to fit in as much as possible in between castings!
I checked out the Montparnasse Cemetery on the left bank. It is a hauntingly beautiful cemetery jam-packed with tombstones of many famous names, including the legendary Serge Gainsbourg and philosopher Jean Paul Sartre. Rest in peace!
Donned a black bob – I loved my Mia Wallace moment. Elderflower juice takes me to my happy place– you just can’t find it in the states!
Luckily I bumped into one of Free People’s very own, the lovely, Lauren. I hung out with her and her friend, and one of my favorite photographers, David Bellemere. Tres chic!
Je ne sais pas?
The American explorer in me values a good road trip. My boyfriend and I drove to a town called Cambremer, two hours northwest of Paris. We visited Chateua Les Bruyeres, which happened to be the perfect spot to rock my new Free People skirt! We rode bikes, tried local cuisine, checked out a few Normandy towns, but mostly enjoyed the country view. Not too shabby! One hard lesson learned: tripe is a delicacy that consists of intestines, not fish.
“Je moooooo fous!”
Never miss a photo op…
…never leave a field un-frolicked.
Back in town, stolling through the Place des Vosges.
I can’t leave Paris without having grilled-over-an-open-fire-steak at my favorite restaurant, Robert et Louise! It’s located in the heart of the Marais district.
Model or C.I.A. agent? I’m a woman of many faces, er well— hair do’s.
I shot at Hotel Le Meurice with famed photographer Guy Aroch. Just another hard day at the office!
Not a bad view. The Eiffel Tower in the distance fades away. Until next time, Par-eeeeeh! Bisous! X
another lookbook poll for you guys today! i am a HUGE fan of this one, featuring the always-amazing martha hunt and shot by our senior photographer. it’s so full of attitude and color – the body paint is such a nice touch, too. which look is your favorite? Read more »
i didn’t have a chance to do a diy for this week since i’ve been traveling, so i thought i’d share some inspiration that i have saved with you guys…all projects i want to – and hopefully will – try soon!
one of our readers told me about these moroccan lanterns and i love them! via design sponge.
a couple of our readers tried the tie-dye cupcakes we posted a couple weeks back and the results are beautiful! these would be great for easter or a spring party :)
it has been way too long since the last fleet foxes album came out – going on three years, to be precise. it’s rare that i fall so hard for a band after only one album, but their debut had me hooked from the opening notes of “sun it rises.” i wore out that album in the summer of ’08… it was the soundtrack to a very transitional time in my life when i moved out to nor cal. their music lifts my spirits and i still listen to “ragged wood” pretty frequently. well, their new album, “helplessness blues” comes out may third but we can get a taste of it now with this video for the song “grown ocean”! i really like the dreamy feel of this video, check it out and listen to the title track from the new album as well, below.
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even though we didn’t get to go to coachella this year, we were still there in spirit, and in the form of these lovely ladies rocking free people at the festival!
i am in love with this look! our eyelet crop top looks amazing with a printed skirt, and bare feet are a bonus :)
lovely lace! the dress on the left is a january item that’s currently unavailable but we will be getting more in june! the maxi on the right is a may catalog item – it has arrived in some of our stores and should be online soon :)
cute skirts and dresses look awesome paired with converse kicks.
this is one of my fave fp tops ever – i wore it all last summer! love how it looks with the polka dot shorts.
images via harper’s bazaar, refinery 29 and elle.
for my last day in austin i decided to go off on my own and explore the city while i had the chance. my first stop was south congress street, a hip area known as soco. i was told beforehand that this was THE place for vintage shopping and getting a good taste of what austin is all about.
there were several amazing stores in soco, but this one was by far my favorite – i literally could have spent the entire day there. it’s called uncommon objects and is basically a massive assortment of rare vintage objects including postcards, found familiy portraits, boots, mexican blankets, home furnishings, skulls and an array of bizarre items.
after shopping i stopped for lunch at jo’s cafe, right by the hotel san jose. it’s got great outdoor patio seating perfect for people watching!
next i walked back towards downtown austin, with a view of the impressive texas state capital guiding my way.
beautiful lady bird lake.
the oldest hotel in austin, the driskill, is rumored to be haunted.
next i headed down 6th street, also known as old pecan st, which is lined with bars and is the central location for SXSW-goers.
i headed west on sixth street towards lamar, where one of our free people stores is located! the girls were super sweet, as always, and very excited that we were in town shooting!
by this point i was pretty tired and sun-burnt so i headed back towards our house, and passed this amazing place on my way…
almost every house i saw in austin had a porch. one day i will have a house with a porch.
our team returned from their day of shooting and we headed out to dinner, where we drank texas mules (tito’s, ginger beer and lime) and i had one of the best veggie burgers EVER. then it was off to bed to get some sleep before my early morning flight.
austin, i miss you already.
p.s. i am putting together a whole guide of our favorite spots in austin so stay tuned for that when the catalog drops in july! xoxo