i was so excited to discover some new collages by brandi strickland the other day…i love her work! she uses mixed media, paint, ink, colored pencil and other materials to create these incredible collages that are like little worlds full of stories. these are from her latest series, “the other is looking in on you.”
It’s always such a treat to see the pups of Home Office that the girls of Free People Brooklyn thought we’d introduce some of our local customers! All dogs are welcomed with shakes, treats, water, and love :)
Lalo! (He’s recovering quite nicely)
Waffle loved our mannequin outfit so much he collapsed in front of it :)
Huahua (as in Chihuahua) and mom!
Lemon (with Huahua in background – they’re best friends!)
Last but not least, Chewy!
so cute! i love all their names…especially waffle :) thanks for sharing ladies!
Yesterday was such a lovely day. the temperature had dropped a little from last week’s heat wave, and there was a cool breeze in the air making us all dreamy. Light crochet piece wear, great cover ups and fun jeans were perfect for the ideal weather.
While our buyer and lingerie designer wore the perfect cover-ups – a chiffon button up shirt tunic and a one shoulder dress.
It was sure a day dreaming day at the office yesterday!
“sweet as can be, she shows off her inner romance with pretty neutrals and feminine lace styles. dreamy sheer fabrics and off the shoulder shapes embrace her soft, sexy demeanor on the haziest summer days.”
i may be a “lou” girl but i still love our pretty in pink trend on our website right now- the shots are so beautiful and calming! which of these items from the collection is your favorite?
behind the scenes pics from our june e-catalog shoot here at the navy yard in philly! as i’ve told you, day one we shot with martha hunt in our web studio, with her boyfriend as hair stylist. it was such a fun day- he was doing the coolest stuff with her hair, and martha is always a blast to be around – we love her!
our senior photographer showed us this cool camera trick – tape a piece of cardboard over your camera lens with the tiniest little pinhole in the middle:
the result is this cool ghostly effect:
day two we worked with andreea diaconu and shot outdoors in the wilderness of the navy yard :) there is a lot of abandoned land down here that used to be used for military barracks and such, so we went to one of the fields and had a pretty entertaining time fending off deer ticks and tending to a few cuts and bruises… andreea was a trooper and looked beautiful as she danced amidst the grass.
group huddle around the computer to review shots :)
so much inspiration around the office today…the paint splatters are the floor of our dye room, i think it’s so cool. and one of my co-workers made that amazing bracelet in the last pic – would you guys be into a tutorial on how she made it?
have you guys seen our new vintage loves vignette, aphrodite? the collection contains some exquisite dresses by designers like oscar de la renta, mary mcfadden, koos van den akker and guy laroche, in delicate fabrics and shades of ivory, cream and taupe. i think a lot of these would make amaaaazing wedding dresses! we shot the vignette a couple of months back here at our home office and i snapped some behind the scenes photos for you.
Seeking inspiration and exhilaration, I joined my husband Scott and his band, Family Band for the southern leg of their tour with Warpaint. These are some of the photos from that week of sultry, lush tropical southern magic.
We went to Durham, Asheville, Nashville, Athens, New Orleans, Houston and Austin. After a brief taste of southern culture I’m already itching to go back and really explore these places!
Everyone (except me!) took turns driving. Kim & Jonny’s glowing dash pyramid guided the way.
Family band and crowd at one of the sold-out shows.
the merch booth is a great place to meet the locals! Kim, the singer of Family Band, is an amazing fine artist. She probably drew the image on the right in her sleep.
Scott picked up a deck of cards on Olivera St. in LA. and Family Band had a tradition of picking a new card every day. I love arrows, so this was a favorite. On the right is Little Dreamer, our sweet chariot!
I wore these Free People jeans every single day! On the right is the Mercy Lounge in Nashville – there were freight train tracks directly behind the venue.
Me and Scott out back of the Mercy Lounge looking introspective.
On the way to Athens, GA, we used swimmingholes.org to find a quick swimming hole – this is Kim crossing on the way out.
Tour is a total blur as you are usually doing 7-9 hour drives every day, so I’m not positive where this was, but I think on the way to New Orleans. I loved the design of these bridges.
You can’t deny the romantic architecture of New Orleans. We had a few hours off here, but I need to go back for more. The club in New Orleans had gothic chandeliers and timber framing.
Kim’s vintage sequin butterfly shirt is so rad! On the right she is wearing a Lindsey Thornburg dress from Bona Drag in New Orleans.
Barton Springs in Austin – This is the most amazing cold-water spring. It’s all natural and has rocks and plants growing in the cool water. We had a day off in Austin and spent an afternoon here swimming and people-watching.
Breakfast tacos and Migas are the order of the day at Polvos restaurant in Austin. Right – Michaladas are the best! It’s like a bloody mary with beer.
Left – Backstage art at La Zona Rosa in Austin.
Right -Family Band and Warpaint shared a goodbye meal and hang at the wonderful Justine’s in Austin.
Little Dreamer resting after a long day’s work!
photos #2,4,6,7,8,11,12,17 & 18 by David Torch; all others by Emily Hirsch.
i’m so jealous! thanks so much for sharing emily! be sure to read all about talon and my interview with emily here, and check out her awesome amulettes on our website here!
emily hirsch was raised on a vineyard in the anderson valley where she grew up surrounded by the rich, earthy scents of northern california – mossy forests, redwood trees, fermenting grapes, warm earth and sea fog to name a few. she says, “i love how a smell can transport you to the time and place you first smelled it.”
now based in brooklyn, emily is a jewelry designer who started talon nyc. combining a love of vintage inspired jewelry and the aromas of her childhood, she designed the beautiful amulette necklaces that we are carrying at free people.
“fragrance has been worn in beautiful adornments since ancient times, to ward off evil, intoxicate lovers, enhance mood, and interact with the spirits.”
the amulettes are made entirely of recycled materials and hand cast in bronze, silver and glass. when filled with a scent and warmed by the body, they release subtle aromas that escape through the cork stopper, drifting up to the wearer throughout the day. the cork can be removed and used to dab the scent behind the ears, on the neck, or wherever is desired.
emily carefully blends essential oils to create the scents held inside the amulettes, and has made three custom scents. the signature is described as “an intoxicating aroma of tobacco leaf and newly opened orange blossom. it makes us think of sitting in our grandfathers’ old, worn in leather chair in a dimly lit, cozy room, surrounded by books, a scotch and a small branch pulled from the apple tree blooming outside.”
read on for an interview with emily and stay tuned for a guest post she wrote for the blog about a recent road trip she took with family band and warpaint!
Can you tell me a little bit about the process of making the scents that go inside the amulettes?
The biggest trick to making scents is experimenting with as many combinations as possible. When I made Avalon, I knew I wanted to use Jasmine, as it’s one of my favorite floral scents. So I started with just Jasmine, and then would add one more thing to it. Then the next day I would go back and smell each combination. You have to also smell the scent on your skin as it is usually pretty different.
I would pick my favorites and then decide what they needed next. If it was too sweet smelling, I would add earthier, muskier or grassier scents next to balance the sweetness. You also have to throw out preconceived notions about what will mix well together because it’s often the unexpected combinations that work best.
Once I have the final blends, I will start wearing the scent when I go out and see how it evolves throughout the night and how I feel wearing it.
How would you describe your personal style?
Sexy 70s! (Which happens to also be a nickname J.) I am very inspired by the 1970s, musically and stylistically. I buy a lot of vintage clothing and like to layer vintage and new pieces to create a look that isn’t over stylized in one era but has a definite 70s slant combined with a natural 60s vibe.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
When I’m not working I love spending time with friends, eating tasty food and drinking good wine! My husband, Scott, is a great cook, so most evenings he is cooking something we picked up at the farmer’s market and we are listening to records and having wine. We also have a cat named Arrow who I spend a lot of time spoiling.
What’s your favorite city or place?
I grew up in California, so the whole state is very nostalgic for me. But my favorite place is Ojai, where my mom lives. I try to get there at least once a year and love taking bike rides through the orange grooves with views of the Topa Topa mountains.
My favorite city is New York! We have lived in New York for about four years and I’ve never felt more creative than I do here.
What music are you listening to right now?
I am pretty much stuck in the 70s with some guilty pleasure 80s music thrown in for good measure. My staples include Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart (early stuff) and the Faces, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, David Bowie…
As a kid it was the Secret Garden because I was always looking to find secret hiding places in the woods. As a college student, probably Love in the Time of Cholera because I lived in Costa Rica and fell in love with Latin culture and magical realism.
How did your road trip with the Family Band and Warpaint come about?
My husband has toured in various bands many times during our relationship, so when his band, Family Band, went on tour with Warpaint I asked if I could come to see what touring is all about. I went on the leg through the South because I have never been, and have this very romantic view of that part of the country. We went to Durham, Asheville, Nashville, Athens, New Orleans, Houston and Austin. I loved the humid rich tropical magic of the South.
What’s next for talon? Anything you can tell us about what you’re currently working on?
I launched Talon with just the amulette necklace, but for fall, I want to release a full line of jewelry. I’m obsessed with braids and twists, so I’m incorporating that pattern into a bunch of different pieces. I’m also going to have some castings and will be releasing the amulette in some vintage glass colors. I’m sure I will work on a new scent as well!
just a couple of days to go before we head down to austin for our july catalog release party! we are so excited to go back to the live music capital to celebrate with the happen-ins, who are featured in the catalog, and photographer alexandra valenti!
i’ll have more photos and info (and a free download!) from the happen-ins once the catalog drops, but today i wanted to introduce you to the guys who will be playing a live show at our party on friday!
the happen-ins are (from left): ricky ray jackson – guitar/vocals, john michael dayspring – bass, falcon valdez – drums, and (front) sean faires – guitar/vocals.
formed in early 2009, the happen-ins quickly grew a following in austin where their blend of r&b grooves and gritty americana rock suit the live music capital to a t. their sound and style has an authenticity to it that is refreshing, setting them apart from other up and coming acts. they pride themselves on developing their own culture and building a community around their music – their connection to their fan base is a huge part of what makes them so loved. for all of these reasons, we knew they were perfect to appear in our austin catalog! their long haired, bell bottomed, vintage rock style and good looks were of course a plus :)
here’s a little preview of some of their tunes to get you ready for friday’s party. check them out and just try not to shake your hips!