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our featured artist for june happens to be a personal favorite of mine: heyoka leather. long before we worked with photographer alexandra velenti on our july catalog, i was following her work on tumblr, and through her work i discovered heyoka leather (she has shot their lookbooks).

heyoka leather started unofficially and quite by accident in venice beach CA by leslie crow when she began making dream catchers for friends. word spread and demand grew, and she branched out into accessories like hand-beaded medicine bags and purses, using traditional skills learned from her grandmother. leslie teamed up with her longtime friends rachel avraham and angela bruyere to create heyoka leather. using carefully sourced leather and the finest quality brass, silver and bone, heyoka’s accessories are modern-day american heirlooms that pay homage to the designers’ roots in traditional native american ceremony, hollywood nightlife mystique and outlaw biker culture.

always and forever 100% handmade, their mission statement is to leave no footprints behind their moccasins.

read on for an interview with the beautiful leslie crow and to see some of her personal photos and inspiration!

where did you draw inspiration for the particular pieces we are carrying?

the spotted eagle and the turquoise warrior necklaces were greatly influenced by my growing up going to powwows. watching the dancers, i always felt like the regalia and the spiritual energy acquired by donning it and entering the circle gave the dancer a feeling of graceful strength and beauty which i humbly attempt to translate, or alchemize into an everyday modern american talisman while paying respect to the traditional native roots.

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i love the lookbooks you shoot with alexandra valenti, and we just worked with her on our july catalog shoot, how did that relationship come about?

i met alexandra and the sisters of the black moon through my boyfriend caleb. he’s from texas and kept telling me i was going to love his girlfriends from austin, and then i saw alexandra’s photography and i was blown away, so we started talking and planning a heyoka photoshoot. we met in LA and the rest is history! that was about a year ago. we’ve been dear friends ever since and work together every chance we get.

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how would you describe your personal style?

“redneck desert chic”. i pretty much live in a vintage harley tank, wrangler cut-offs and cowboy boots, heyoka bag and mountains of turquoise jewelry. however when i dress up i love to go all 60′s bohemian gypsy and experiment with far out thrift store finds.

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who are your style icons?

rita coolidge, anita pallenburg, and my good friend and longtime heyoka muse, joy bryant.

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what do you like to do when you’re not working?

i love riding horses and motorcycles, hiking and camping…..goin’ out into the desert and shooting guns, traveling, going on roadtrips, practicing yoga, prowling through thrift stores and swap meets. lately i been trying to teach myself the banjo and learning how to silversmith. but i really love to work. i’m always coming up with new designs and inspirations and being creative is my biggest passion.

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favorite city or place?

right now i’m living in tucson, arizona, and really loving the sonoran desert, but my all time favorite places to go are mexico, costa rica, northern ontario and anywhere back home in the blue ridge mountains.

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what music are you listening to right now?

charlie daniels band, bill monroe, marshall tucker band, waylon jennings, the deserters and of course my boyfriend caleb coy and his band headdress.

favorite book?

hell’s angels by hunter s thompson, moonchild by alestair crowley, vintage easyrider magazines and louis l’amour westerns. i’m currently reading desert solitare by edward abbey.

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when are you happiest?

i’m happiest when spending time with family and friends….having a backyard BBQ, sitting around the bonfire, listening to caleb play guitar and chillin’ with my dog, bluegrass.

what’s next for heyoka leather? anything you can tell us about what you’re currently working on?

there’s a lot of creative visions taking shape right now for heyoka leather. we’re currently working on some very exciting top secret collaborations with bandit brand and sisters of the black moon. we just recently finished our online store which should be up and running any day now and we have some really cool new designs in the works for our fall collection!

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shop our heyoka leather pieces here, and check out the full june e-catalog in which they are featured online!

photos by alexandra valenti and via leslie crow. thanks so much leslie!

Stephanie Juris -Feb 12, 2012, 7:36PM
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Sherri -Jun 09, 2011, 3:37PM
I love the tall indian girl with the beautiful long legs and yellow/aqua shawl. She looks like a beautiful butterfly at sunset. So peaceful!!!

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“he was unheeded, happy, and near to the wild heart of life. he was alone and young and willful and wildhearted, alone amid a waste of wild air and brackish waters and the seaharvest of shells and tangle and veiled grey sunlight.”

- jon krakauer, into the wild

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Louboutin -Jun 16, 2011, 9:12PM
longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild.” Christopher McCandels

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Post Punk Kitchen

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Because I escaped the city for this past holiday weekend, I never made it to pick up ingredients for this week’s recipe post. My fridge and food cabinets are something of a vacant wasteland at the moment. In replacement, I thought I’d share one of my favorite vegan recipe blogs, Post Punk Kitchen. The author is a down-to-earth vegan with one good hand in the kitchen. I love her point of view on food, and I often check out her blog for ideas. Here are some of her recipes I’m thinking I must try at home this month:

Creamy Avocado Salad: I’m not huge on mayonnaise-y potato salad because it’s so bad for you, but I’ve never thought of using avocado instead. Oh does this sound delicious.

Spinach Linguine with Edamame Pesto: Edamame is popping up everywhere these days. Just the other day I had a sandwich made with edamame hummus. Who knew? I’m all into exploring its many uses.

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Perfect Grilled Portabellas: One of the best parts of summer is grilling. Just because this is traditionally a carnivorous pastime doesn’t mean there aren’t amazing veggie options as well. This recipe gives great tips on how to grill the perfect portabella. It’s also super healthy!

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Omg Oven Baked Onion Rings: These onion rings look perfect for entertaining. I’m also thinking they’d go great with those aforementioned bello burgers.

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Raw Strawberry Cheesecake: I have to admit, although I rarely eat it, I’m an enormous cheesecake lover. I’ve never thought of making a vegan cheesecake, let alone a completely raw one. I want to try this one out just to see how well it stands up against the real thing.

Rylie -Jun 06, 2011, 10:47PM
I ate the grilled portabellas for dinner tonight and they were to die for! so good! I am vegan and I am very picky about my sandwiches/burgers and this one was amazing! I also whipped up the potato salad to eat for lunch tomorrow, I tried a bite tonight and it is so fresh and yummy! Thanks for sharing :)
Cindy G. -Jun 06, 2011, 7:08AM
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i found these images via little paper planes and they blew me away! they were taken on research trips for the chicago field museum, some as early as 1896. the color was added by hand to glass slides, resulting in images that combine the effects of photography and landscape painting. so incredibly beautiful.

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go see them all here.

Kelly Lynn Jones -Jun 14, 2011, 11:19AM
I know, how amazing are those images!! Thanks for visiting LPP!!
Karla -Jun 06, 2011, 5:02PM
oh man, oh man!!

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DO: take a cold shower.

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It’s that time of year again. The air is already so hot that a simple walk outside is enough to leave your body coated in sweat, but don’t let it scare you! Summer is meant for being outdoors. Let the lure of sunshine, warmth, and living life overcome the sterile cleanliness of air conditioned spaces. Explore the outdoors, lay in the grass, attend festivals, plant a garden, just go outside and GET DIRTY. Afterward you’ll have a chance to jump in the shower and clean off. But don’t just let it be any ordinary shower-turn the knob to cold, and let those capillaries open up. Feel the chills all over – the way your hair gets so extremely silky with cold water. Nothing says summer quite like the alive feeling you get from a cold shower.

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alissa -Jun 04, 2011, 3:32PM
Awesome pics!
Tamra -Jun 04, 2011, 3:05PM
I took a cold shower today after setting up for an outdoor party we are having tonight then i came and read this and i smiled sooo big my cheeks hurt! I love freepeople and summer!!!!

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have a rockin’ weekend!

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Tamberine -Jun 06, 2011, 10:12AM
I freaking love these!!! Thanks for sharing!!
-Jun 06, 2011, 9:07AM
cool pics!! love them <33

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we don’t get to see roger very often, so when he does come in it’s very exciting! he is looking very handsome with his summer shave. read an interview with him here :)

fp julia -Jun 06, 2011, 11:15AM
hey guys! roger is a chow/corgi mix :)
claudia -Jun 06, 2011, 11:09AM
i don't know Roger personally, but i have a husky/chow mix, and they shed INCESSANTLY. the short haircut is just to keep them more comfy in summer but they don't naturally look like that. HTH!

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Music Nostalgia

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One of the awesome things about music is that there is so much of it to enjoy. Not only are people making new music every day, but there is tons of music which has already been made. You can go back and forth between looking for something new and seeking out good oldies. When I was a kid my musical world was a mix of influences from my deadhead older brother, my Americana-hippie mother, and my father who grew up with nothing but The Beatles, so I have great memories tied to some of that old time music. With the warm weather I find myself having some music nostalgia. Here’s a taste of what’s been playing on my iPod as of late.

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Jennifer -Jun 05, 2011, 5:57PM
I love the picture of the girl standing in the train station! it reminds me of http://theinvisiblethread.com/2011/06/05/from-playgrounds-to-skylines/
! -Jun 03, 2011, 2:23PM
Naomi, you are just the coolest! Your posts never fail to inspire. Great Friday playlist. Have a happy weekend all!

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to get you guys in the mood for our e-catalog release (on monday) here are some behind the scenes images that capture the spirit of the shoot! we shot day one in our web studio with martha hunt and day two with andreea diaconu here at the navy yard in philly, where unexpected wilderness is just outside our office…

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the e-catalog launches online on monday! we can’t wait!

Tara -Jun 03, 2011, 3:33PM
I dont think it has as much to do with "trendy" or "playing dress up". I am a Native American and I think the traditional adornments are a beautiful way for anybody to express themselves and celebrate the culture of our country. The women of Heyoka Leather actually have Lakota blood in them. You might want to look at it that way instead of posting negative energy.
Alyssa -Jun 03, 2011, 3:25PM
It seems Free People can't breathe lately without someone getting needlessly offended.

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If there’s one thing Free People employees know how to do … it’s accessories. Everyone had on the best little details today, so I just had to get up close and personal.

As if the shoes weren’t cool enough on their own – she takes layering to the next level with crocheted socks.

Probably the coolest vintage bag I’ve seen…ever?

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I’m a huge fan of layering on tons of cool necklaces. These ladies paired the look with awesome textures in their clothes for an even cooler vibe.

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So subtle and beautiful!

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This woman wears where she grew up on her hand (middle finger). A friend made her a ring depicting the street.

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Basics pop with the addition of unique statement necklaces.

Sydney -Oct 30, 2011, 7:52PM
Is there any way to DIY a bag like that? It is so cool! I havn’t ever seen anything like it!!!
fp naomi -Oct 18, 2011, 11:24AM
blank apparel - they're actually pieces made by our videographer and creative director. they don't have a shop up online yet, but you can shoot them an email at hellomadeinmetal@gmail.com if you're interested in getting a piece made :)

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june is the one month each year when we do not shoot a catalog, but this year we decided to do something a little bit different… and the result is our first ever interactive e-catalog, “call of the wild”! launching monday june 6 on our website, there will be 17 interactive online pages for you to explore complete with behind the scenes footage, hair and makeup tutorials, how-to style videos, mood board and more!

the e-book was shot right here at our home office in philadelphia’s navy yard by our senior photographer, featuring martha hunt and andreea diaconu.  be sure to check out freepeople.com on monday for the full experience, it will blow your mind!

rosario -Jun 11, 2011, 11:18PM
I try to speak proper English, if something is wrong understand me hehehe :D jenni I'm also very thin and often criticizing, I'm not against skinny people, only that a publisher with a too thin model doesn't go with the beautiful free people publishers are always thin models, but this time I don't consider while nothing looks good aesthetics of previous catalogs
lizard king -Jun 06, 2011, 3:16PM
it feels like i am watching the doors movie

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Post image for Exile in Austin: July Catalog Release Party!

i am so excited to tell you guys about something special we’re doing to celebrate our july catalog! you may remember that i was down in austin a couple of months ago, where we shot the book with local band the happen-ins. well we had such a blast that we decided to go back and throw a party to celebrate the catalog release! And what better way to do it than with some live music from the happen-ins?!  if you aren’t familiar with these guys yet, you will be soon… their music – a blend of r&b, americana and classic rock – is intoxicating. not to mention, we love their style :) check them out on facebook here.

the event will take place friday june 17th at 5-8PM

at austin’s mohawk room- where we shot part of our july book!

located at 912 red river st- a strip of austin’s hottest live music venues.

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come hang out with us while enjoying live music from the happen-ins, a special viewing of our catalog video before anyone has seen it, and enter your name in a raffle for a chance to win a $500 or $50 gift card to FP!

we’ll also hand out fliers for a 15% off discount that you can use at our austin store locations – downtown and at the domain.

***this is an all ages event!***

i’m so excited to go back to austin! i hope to see lots of you there!

Nikki Qiao -Jun 12, 2011, 12:17AM
wow!!! That's fantatic!!! I'm sooo going!!!!! I'm absolutely excited!!! Can I take some Photos?
fp julia -Jun 06, 2011, 9:06AM
madeline- it is all ages!! they just haven't fixed it on their website yet...

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