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i mentioned last week that i was lucky enough to be able to go to our april catalog shoot in nyc… well here is a little visual diary of the trip!

on the train ride up i could barely contain my excitement for the day ahead…

we shot in milk studios, an amazing warehouse-like space in the meatpacking district.

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this was my first time attending a catalog shoot, and i just wanted to soak in every detail.

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multi-tasking :)

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shoes lined up and ready to go.

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our creative director, doub, chats with photographer guy aroch.

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the fp crew, pre shooting.

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a beautiful day in nyc!

Nicole -Jan 25, 2011, 4:03PM
Oh God, I'm too excited to see more of this shoot! Sasha is one of my favs and I can't wait to see how she will obviously be able to pull off rocking Freepeople!
T!ffany -Jan 25, 2011, 10:46AM
....This is exciting. A glimpse of spring! :) Yea Free People!

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do you dream of working for free people? well i have exciting news!  we have started a twitter account called urban_scout that you can follow for all the latest job openings, and they are there to answer all of your questions as well -  click here to go to their twitter page and make sure you’re following!

Sole Alberti -Jan 25, 2011, 3:40PM
Have you all looked at the entries for the project to get a chance to work at Free People as a designer? When do you pick the designer and will you mention it on the website? I sent in a "you send" it file with pictures...do you look at these too?
-Jan 24, 2011, 8:48PM
any internship opportunities in new york?

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some quotes that stood out to me from the portion of just kids in which patti returns from her trip to paris and she and robert move into the chelsea hotel.  what i would give to be a fly on the wall of the hotel back in those days, when other guests and residents of the hotel included janis joplin, bob dylan, william s. burroughs, allen ginsberg and edie sedgewick…

“where does it all lead? what will become of us? these were our young questions, and young answers were revealed. it leads to each other. we become ourselves.”

“we learned we wanted too much.  we could only give from the perspective of who we were and what we had. apart, we were able to see with even greater clarity that we didn’t want to be without each other.”

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“in between i clock the action. eyeing the traffic circulating the lobby hung with bad art. big invasive stuff unloaded on stanley bard in exchange for rent. the hotel is an energetic, desperate haven for scores of gifted hustling children from every rung of the ladder. guitar bums and stoned-out beauties in victoria dresses. junkie poets, playwrights, broke-down filmmakers, and french actors. everybody passing through here is somebody, if nobody in the outside world.”

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“on that night, too excited to sleep, infinite possibilities seemed to swirl above me. i stared up at the plaster ceiling as i had done as a child. it seemed to me that the vibrating patterns overhead were sliding into place. the mandala of my life.”

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“it is said that children do not distinguish between living and inanimate objects; i believe they do.  a child imparts a doll or tin soldier with magical life-breath.  the artist animates his work as the child his toys.”

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mia frances -Jan 24, 2011, 4:00PM
http://miafrances.wordpress.com/2011/01/15/though-no-one-knew-it-the-starts-were-aligning-the-angels-were-calling/ check out my post about the book--we liked lots of the same passages!

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“i was too curious about the future to look back.”

- patti smith

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Cara -Jan 25, 2011, 2:58PM
Amazing shot! And the shoes are amazing ;) xo Cara http://www.afashionloveaffair.com/
karen -Jan 25, 2011, 4:38AM
I love so much this picture...sit there quietly and looking out of window. Dreamy and beautifuly!

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i got completely sucked in the other day looking through beth hoeckel’s mixed media work.  i love her combination of nature, texture and fashion.  they remind me of really crazy fashion illustrations!

G-Rurka-Extra-szczotka-sr-21-37-mm-Gorgol -Oct 24, 2011, 3:06PM
Really very beautiful and mystique..
karen -Jan 24, 2011, 1:21AM
Love the crochet!

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looking through our january catalog, i’m sure more than a few of you were wondering… who’s the handsome guy? his name is gauthier and he is a french model – our team found him on the street! we asked him to give us the insider scoop on his favorite places to eat and hang out in paris.

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Ashlee Plouffe -Jan 22, 2011, 9:02PM
where is that cargo jacket from???? i love it!
-Jan 22, 2011, 9:01PM
where is that cargo jacket from???? i love it!

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you may recognize this girl from some free people catalogs! she modeled in our december ’09 and january ’10 books, and i interviewed her back then for the blog. michele often works in paris – and hung out with our team while they were shooting there – so i asked her for a little rundown of her ideal day off in paris!

paris! such a fun, beautiful city. i love working there and no matter how many times i visit there is always something fabulous to discover! the city is set up in such a way that nearly every corner you turn, a gorgeous monument or bridge or statue or building is right in front of you. there is so much to take in! whenever i have some time to kill between castings i explore st. germain and le marais or pop into one of the many museums. my perfect day off would look something like this…

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Janelle -Jun 29, 2012, 7:13PM
A friend and I are spending this July in Paris, any one have any tips on budget friendly spots to check out? Also, if any one knows of any beaches that are a day or less by train away, and not too terribly crowded in the summer months, we'd love to spend a few days some where we can swim our little hearts out!
sweet road -Jan 21, 2011, 12:15PM
what a life!

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the final batch of behind the scenes photos from our january catalog shoot!

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Taylor -Jan 20, 2011, 9:52PM
Love these!
thomas -Jan 20, 2011, 9:09PM
thanks so much to everyone at free people for the amazing trip and for showing so many of my pictures here on this great blog! i'm so glad you all liked them!

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i know that tattoos aren’t for everyone, but i’ve always thought they are beautiful.  it’s a form of art and a way to express yourself that is completely unique from anyone else and very personal and meaningful. i love seeing other peoples’ tattoos and hearing the meaning behind them – its like being let in on a secret.  i sometimes think of my tattoos almost like scars- and i don’t mean that in a negative way.  they represent things that i have gone through, things that have left their mark on me – emotional scars, perhaps.

there are several people here in the office that have amazing tattoos and i thought i’d share a few.

chau’s beautiful tattoo is her own handwriting – she’s an amazing artist.

our graphic designer’s tattoos were done by a friend.

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our videographer and one of her close friends got this matching tattoo.

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my favorite of my tattoos… it came to me  in a dream, and the meaning is inspired by a song, but that’s all i will say :)

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jemma’s tattoo is inspired by times spent bird watching with her dad.

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this is so rad – it’s actually a map of all the places she and her best friend used to hang out.

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and just one of our photographer’s many amazing tattoos.

how do you guys feel about tattoos? do you have one, or if you got one, what would you get?

Chris Gordon -Jun 10, 2011, 1:48PM
I LOVE tattoos and the personal stories that go with them. My boyfriend has two, and I love them. I don't have one yet, but I really want one. I just want it to have a meaning that will always stay with me. I know I will get one eventually, but I don't want to just randomly get one so I am waiting to be inspired and then I know it will be the perfect one for me.
Mia Lee -Jan 27, 2011, 7:38PM
I love tattoos I currently have 1. Its on the nape of my neck and it's an anchor to represent my home- Rhode Island

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you guys might not all know this but we have a showroom in nyc where some of our fp girls work!  they are adorable and of course very stylish. our videographer snapped this pic when she was there last week :)

karen -Jan 23, 2011, 10:47PM
I have the exactly same trousers as per the lady standing in the middle.Cool!
Tara Snyder -Jan 23, 2011, 12:38AM
I didn't find it on your website it must be sold out this saddens me :(

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have you guys checked out our january lookbook, featuring french blogger miss pandora? i love it – it doesn’t hurt to have the beautiful city of paris as the backdrop :) which look do you guys love most?

look one:

look two:

look three:
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look four:
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look five:
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look six:
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(click on the images to see details on each outfit)

now vote!

Izzy -Jan 24, 2011, 10:45PM
I absolutely love free people. Your clothes are amazing, I love the vintage style. Sadly, It is so darn expensive. But I go into your store and get great ideas about clothing, and splurge on one product, and go buy cheaper versions of your products at others stores!
Gianna -Jan 20, 2011, 1:37PM
ah! one of the hardest polls yet!

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i’m heading to new york tomorrow for our april catalog shoot and i am beyond excited – the photographer will again be the amazing guy aroch and the model is sasha pivovarova! we may have a few other tricks up our sleeves as well…;)

i will check in from time to time and maybe give you a little sneak peek so stay tuned…

see you next week!

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fp julia -Jan 24, 2011, 10:23AM
the feb book was shot in cali! its beautiful, we'll have a sneak peek coming soon!
sammy -Jan 21, 2011, 1:54PM
i love sasha! and i'm going to be in nyc next week!!! can't wait to see it :)

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