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marais USA was founded in 2007 by two parsons school of design students named catherine chen and haley boyd.  while in school they both worked as waitresses around new york city and throughout their college years of shoe shopping in the city, found a need for simple but fashionable shoe styles that were still affordable. from this discovery their company was born, and they now work in brooklyn designing “essential” shoes for girls like them, who want to be stylish but don’t want to break the bank. their inspiration comes from a summer spent in le marais, the eclectic paris neighborhood known for its shopping, where there is “literally something for everyone” – a philosophy that holds true for their company as well.

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it’s fitting that the three shoe styles we’re carrying right now from marais are each completely different, too. i took some inspiration from their website, where they feature four very different “marais girls,” and found three very different gals here at our office who each loved a different pair of their shoes!

i made a collage for each one of them using images they keep around their desks as inspiration –you can see how different their styles are just looking at these images…

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find them on our website: gladiator sandal; peeptoe espadrille bootie; maryjane bow flat

Jenny -Mar 24, 2011, 4:56PM
I need those gladiator sandals!!! Also the pictures in a picture is pretty awesome. jenny-garbutt.blogspot.com
haley -Mar 24, 2011, 3:07PM
we love it!! xx marais usa

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one last batch of behind the scenes photos from our march catalog shoot… i know i say this every month but i seriously can’t wait for our april catalog. it might be my favorite one ever…stay tuned ;)

azon-kindle-reviews.blogspot.com -Feb 10, 2014, 12:00PM
Thanks for so long puerto rico | Free People Blog I read this post fully about the resemblance of latest and earlier technologies, it's amazing article.
Jeniffer -Apr 03, 2011, 6:54PM
Nice photo, good location :)

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we have the cutest crop tops right now in our layering shop! they’re making me so ready for spring and being able to bare a little more skin. which one is your favorite?

we the free cropped diamond tee:

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Eva @ Four Leaf Clover -Mar 25, 2011, 8:59AM
I absolutely love that first one! Not sure I'd get used to the crop top, but I'd still love to have it! The color of pink, the design, just all of it!
island beauty -Mar 25, 2011, 12:41AM
chrishell is so beautiful nice color for pants at the top photo

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the other day i showed you one of our new cali stores, and now i’ve got photos of the other one for you! here’s a look at the new free people san jose!

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looks beautiful! i bet that window makes awesome patterns when the light shines through.

Tish -Apr 04, 2011, 1:40AM
Your store is just amazing. I was wondering where you got those coffee tables. They are amazing. I could just live in the store it's so nice and the crew is super sweet. Will for sure spend a lot of time there.
Monie -Mar 25, 2011, 1:37AM
Thanks for opening one in SJ!!!! =] I <3 FP! I was sad that I couldn't attend the grand opening last week, but I had a chance to check it out this evening. Everything was perfect like always when I step into the boutique. It's like walking into a craft/art festival. I love the brick flooring right in front of the store. =)

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In 1848, thousands of men migrated to Placerville, CA in search of gold after hearing news of it’s discovery. A few weeks ago Lauren and I visited the birthplace of The Gold Rush via historic Highway 49, and found ourselves on our own search of treasures and antiques . . .

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(all images by HonestlyWTF)

Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL -Mar 25, 2011, 2:56PM
I live just south of Placerville! Lots of history up there...and the scenery is so gorgeous.
California Restaurants -Mar 24, 2011, 10:29PM
I like when you talk about this type of stuff in your blog. Perhaps could you continue this?

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inspiration… how amazing is this couch? i can’t tell if it’s a patchwork couch or couch cover but either way, it’s phenomenal. photo by kava gorna.

kara -Mar 23, 2011, 3:49PM
next time I wear a hole through my jeans, I will add them to a pile to make my own denim quilt!
Kevin -Mar 23, 2011, 2:39PM
It's Boro! http://blog.srithreads.com/2011/02/a-large-complex-beautifully-stitched-boro-futon-cover/

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we are looking for a visual merchandising intern to work here in the home office!  this is a part time (3-4 days/week), unpaid position and you must be able to receive school credit. the sooner you can start the better!

all eligible applicants can send their resume and free people inspiration board to yournamehere@urbn.com and reference the spring free people visual merchandising internship position.

Paige -May 18, 2011, 2:17PM
I am just curious, do all FP internships require that it must be for school credit?
Felicia -Mar 26, 2011, 3:18AM
I beg with my heart and soul that you PLEASE open up a store in South Florida! It would be a great opportunity, as the economy is getting back on track and there are many FP fans here! I'm not sure if this has been considered, but if so, please do let me know. Thanks :) Felicia

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i love mood boards…especially when they incorporate objects and fabrics in addition to just images. i think its why i’m always so drawn to my coworkers’ desk spaces, as they’re each like a little personal mood board. here are some that i’ve collected from around the web.

pamela love:

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i think i need to re-organize my desk space… again.

image sources: the selby, mr. newton, the cut and style.com

military clothing store -Mar 23, 2011, 4:49PM
This is a very wonderful place. You got a lot of cool art collections. They are very creative.
Diana -Mar 22, 2011, 7:26PM
great inspiring ideas! I will do my own.

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i have a bit of a band crush right now on warpaint.  not only will they blow your mind with their music – haunting psychedelic rock sweetened by thoughtful lyrics and ethereal voices, but they will make you want to be a part of their group with their gypsy-rocker style.  i can’t stop saving pictures of them on my computer because they are so inspiring! originally formed by childhood friends emily kokal and theresa wayman and sisters jenny lee lindberg and actress shannyn sossamon (who has since left the group) in 2004, they are definitely a group to watch – they will be performing at the coachella and glastonbury music festivals this year, and i’m hoping to catch them in philly at the TLA april 1st!

listen to some of their tunes in the playlist below, and check them out on myspace here.

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lauren -Mar 23, 2011, 12:34AM
yes! finally some warpaint on fp
er -Mar 22, 2011, 6:54PM
I've been in love with them since I was introduced to them last year! I was wondering why you hadn't mentioned them on here. You girls are the best!!!

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i just got an email with the subject “patti smith and store 808″ and i had to blink a couple of times and make sure i was reading correctly- but a couple of our fp girls in boston did in fact get to meet patti smith herself at a book signing and lecture that took place last week at the museum of fine arts. i am so jealous… since reading her book she has become a huge inspiration for me, and i wish i had known her story sooner and gone to one of her appearances because to hear her speak in person would be life changing.

luckily our fp girls took some great notes! here’s a recap of the event from ava, our MIT in boston.

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Last week Christine (our assistant store manager) and I had the opportunity to go meet Patti Smith at the Museum of Fine Arts for a book signing and lecture….. It was an amazing experience! We snapped a few photos, and jotted down quotes from her lecture.

We first went to the book signing – we could barely contain our excitement while waiting in line, along with our Sales Associate Kaly. We had the opportunity to talk to her at the table, and were completely star struck – she was so nice, completely approachable and laid back. I’m sure I mumbled something dumb to Patti about her being wonderful.

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After the book signing we went into the auditorium, and when we saw her guitar on stage – we knew we were in for a special treat! She read excerpts from Just Kids, told stories, took questions and even sang a couple of songs.

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I jotted down some quotes below that I was scribbling in my note book. When Patti saw Kaly holding her notebook, she asked her “Are you a writer?” and Kaly said, “No, I’m an artist.” and Patti replied “You can always spot writers and artists because they always keep their notebook close!”

A lot of Patti’s talk emphasized the importance of labor within the realm of art.

“The goal of an artist is to magnify one’s vision to make it flesh. … A true artist’s ultimate goal is not celebrity.”

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patti’s jacket with rimbaud pin, from “objects of life”

On Fashion:

At one point Patti was reading from her book, and came to a passage that mentioned a long blue raincoat and she stopped, and said “I had to mention that rain coat. I’m a coat freak. In fact, I was signing books earlier and I was coveting at least two people’s coats!”

“All my outfits had names… Actually, the whole history of new wave film I had in two drawers.”

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handmade tambourine, from “objects of life”

On Song Origins:

As an opening to her song Wing – she said “I always screw up when I do this song. I wrote it, but it sort of expresses my state of mind as a young girl of 20, before I met Robert Mapplethorpe…”

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Talking about how she came up with the song Grateful, right before she sang it:

“I was feeling a little low– and I was standing there so sad and I had this vision of Jerry Garcia and he smiled at me and shook his hair, and this song came into my head so I named it ‘Grateful.’ It felt like a gift from Jerry…. Life is tough, but things work out.”

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Talking about NYC:

“I went to NYC the way I usually did things- not having any money, not knowing where I was going to stay, not telling where I was going. Truthfully I still often travel that way… It’s exciting!”

“We lived at the Chelsea Hotel. Everyday was an adventure… some people accuse me of name dropping in my book. I can’t help it everyone. Everyone was there in the late 60s.”

About Boston:

When Robert asked me to write this book he was here in Boston, so I always have a special sense of him when I am here.

Audience questions:

What do you think about audiobooks?

“I’ll never not love books. I love the paper and to hold it. However, there’s a lot of trash that is being written that doesn’t deserve to be a beautiful object….. I was against color tv when it came out. You people think I am so cutting edge, but I never want anything to change.”

She did reveal she’s doing an audiobook of Just Kids, even though she didn’t know what a Kindle was about a year ago.

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I’m a 20 year old unemployed painter. How do I grow up to be as cool as you? (Patti’s response to this was one of our favorite moments!)

“I never knew a 20 year old employed painter!

The main reason I went to NYC wasn’t to be a rich, famous artist, but to get a job. We do what we can in order to survive. Work really hard to magnify your vision. Don’t worry about selling work. Just evolve. Work hard.

If you mean you don’t have a job – GET ONE! I was always aware that you need to work in order to have food, or materials. If you mean you aren’t selling it, don’t worry about it.

First thing: Do good work. Worry about selling it later.  Make it first.

People think “oh, if you are a punk rocker you don’t work….. Uh… sorry!

I got married, scrubbed floors, raised children, and I was still an artist everyday. Unfortunately, I was not a very good housekeeper.”

(She then sang My Blakean Year)

What historical woman would you consider to be punk rock?

“Joan of Arc!”

How do you feel about being called the Godmother of Punk?

“To me people worrying about who was, who is punk rock, it’s like when my husband and brother in law would make fantasy baseball teams  and argue for hours and hour about who was better… it’s all theoretical.

First it was Princess of Piss. Then Queen of punk, now Godmother. Next I’ll be the Dinosaur.”

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In a room full of 400 people, it felt like we were sitting in a living room just hanging out. She ended her lecture by leading the entire crowd in an acapella sing along of ‘Because the Night’ (one of my favorite songs of ALLLLLL TIME) after reading the excerpt about hearing it on the radio while walking down the street- it was absolutely amazing!

“objects of life” images from here.

thank you so much for sharing your experience ladies!

Dana -Mar 22, 2011, 1:09PM
this makes me ache with jealousyyy!! just incredible.
erin -Mar 22, 2011, 12:38PM
I recently read "Just Kids" and it changed my life. I am utterly oozing with jealousy.

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I have always been intrigued by the brand all for the Mountain. Ever since I stumbled across them from blogs last year, I have been hooked. There’s something ever so odd about the way they merchandise their line, and it excites me. I find myself immersed into another world – it’s powerful and warrior like!

There are no boundaries when it comes to putting across a visual thought, just stop by their website, and I’m sure you’ll get the picture. 

Their designs are strong and solid with an Egyptian touch, great to add a unique twist to any outfit.

The two designers (who seem like crazy characters that I’d love to meet sometime) are heading from Brooklyn to a new studio in Pioneertown, CA. They have adopted a salon that they are going to convert into their workspace.

Now, isn’t that awesome!?

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Taylor -Mar 21, 2011, 6:46PM
I love these pieces! Their stuff is so amazing.
Tiffany -Mar 21, 2011, 3:21PM
love this jewelry http://outfitidentifier.com/

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i may be biased by my love for san francisco and marin county, but our new store in corte madera, california is stunningly beautiful.  here are some gorgeous photos taken by our visual display manager on the west coast!

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our storefront at the village at corte madera.

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our fp girls created a beautiful “white shop” in the area of the store with this gorgeous tiled floor, keeping the theme of the white story currently on our website! looks lovely.

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the colorful central display is illuminated by the sky light above it on sunny days.

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one of our fp girls puts the finishing touches on a display…and the checklist is complete!

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and i had to include this photo… this is the superintendent dave who helped our team with the opening, standing next to a sign he made (that did not stay up long). love it :)

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one more shot of the beautiful bridge… congrats to our team for another awesome store, i can’t wait to visit next time i’m out there!

victoria -Mar 01, 2012, 12:14PM
I wish I could go there! Alas Corte Madera is 1 hour 50 minutes away from where I live. I actually did visit Corte Madera a couple times early last year, sadly FP wasn't around then. I'm so bummed. Jealous of CM and the Bay Area getting these stores, hopefully in the distant future Roseville/Sacramento can get a FP store, too. T_T The CM store is simply gorgeous. Enough said.
marion -Mar 23, 2011, 1:45PM
nice pictures. I love freepeople style^^ www.hinageshii.fr

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