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prior to opening our new store in costa mesa, ca, a couple of our display team members who work out on the west coast made a trip to the rose bowl flea market to pick up some props for the store.  one of them shared her photos from the shopping excursion and i found myself practically drooling over the blankets, accessories and various little trinkets she found.  philly needs a (monthly!!) flea market like this! i would be in heaven.

read more to see lots more photos!

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Audrey -Jul 08, 2010, 3:40PM
Oh my gosh! I have the same brown hat, it somehow wound up on my floor today and I stepped on it oops.
Hannah -Jul 07, 2010, 5:56PM
LOVE the colored lavender and blue glass pieces

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as mentioned, the photographer for our july catalog was the amazing benjamin alexander huseby – who also shot one of the most beautiful editorials i’ve seen for acne paper sweden, featuring model iselin steiro…

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Breanna -Jul 14, 2010, 6:09PM
It's like the sun is bleeding all over these pictures

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quilted inspiration

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our current creative theme “quilted memories” has had me thinking about my quilt that i started making last year.  i’m ashamed to admit it has been sitting in a box full of fabric for months now waiting for me to return to it, but during sunny spring and summer months i find it hard to spend any time inside working on it.  however, these images are definitely inspiring me to get back to work…


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all of these blow me away. i definitely don’t have the artistic ability to make anything as amazing as these, but they’re giving me some great ideas… have any of you ever tried making a quilt?

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Chloe C -Jul 11, 2010, 11:11PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chloe-and-ivan/4784070037/ grrr. link didn't paste the first time. sorry!
Chloe C -Jul 11, 2010, 11:08PM
here's another, because (viva Espana!) South Africa is about to go off the world stage -http://www.flickr.com/photos/chloe-and-ivan/4784070037/

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this new series of posts on the blog will explore the world of our interns, brought to you by our concept intern anastasiya!

Here in the office we have a fresh group of interns who, like me, are coming down from the initial flutter of beginning work in Free People. They are settled into their different departments, busy honing projects and assimilating into the working culture. To give you a more thorough glimpse into the experience that is being a Free People intern, I will introduce a talented new intern every week and have them show and tell you a little bit of what they are working on.

Let’s now take a peek into the dazzling world of the Visual Display Department – meet Walker, the Visual Summer Intern!

What led you to intern for Free People?
I have always had a love affair with Free People clothing and when a family friend that works here saw my portfolio, she thought I would be a good fit for the visual display team. In February, I came to Philadelphia for the first time to interview and got the job!

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What has been your favorite part of the experience so far?
It is hard to pick a favorite part because this whole experience has been so wonderful, but I would have to say it would be making the bike wheels and bike horns for the 5th avenue store in New York. I had a lot of freedom to play around with a wide variety of materials and color palettes and got to add my own spin on the summer display. It is also pretty awesome to see something I made in a Free People store!

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What do you think is the most useful piece of knowledge that you have acquired in your time here?
I have learned so much about how visual display works but the most useful piece of knowledge is that people like to see variety. For example, if someone asks you to dye a piece of fabric green, dye ten pieces of fabric all different shades of green so they will have a large assortment to choose from.

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What are you currently working on?
I just finished working with the visual display team on the Holiday 2010 prototypes which look splendid! There are so many fun elements that will transform the store into a winter wonderland.

Any words of advice to future interns?
Just be very positive and willing to work hard. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions because that it how you are going to get the most out of this experience. Oh, and have fun!
The fruit of Walker’s labor?

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The bicycle wheels suspended from the ceiling of the 5th Avenue store in New York were so pretty!

Jamie Morgan -Jul 07, 2010, 12:50PM
Aw Walker, you are so uber awesome. We should have an arts & crafts day when you get back to RVA !

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to go along with our july catalog, the new creative concept for our website is called “quilted memories.” here’s a look at the artwork that inspired our graphic designers, and the words fp jemma wrote to describe the free people girl who embodies this trend…

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now go explore our website, it looks lovely :)

brynn -Jul 21, 2010, 2:17AM
this look is my favorite from free people. i really want to braid my pony's hair like that!
em -Jul 09, 2010, 12:37AM
Didn't notice the Snape quote until Kate pointed it out...that's totally awesome!

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free people is opening a store in nashville this fall!

the store is tentatively scheduled to open in mid-november and we are starting to recruit employees now – we are looking for assistant managers, managers in training, and sales associates. for more info and to apply for any of these positions, please click here.

jacqueline presley -Jan 17, 2011, 2:04PM
I think its great! jacqueline presley
-Aug 26, 2010, 3:17AM
hey julia! i work at the anthropologie in nashville... love working for the company and would love to explore opportunities with free people. I applied about a month ago online. The job posting is now off of the website. Is the store still set to open in november?

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a new playlist for tunesday! this one is inspired by our july catalog and its location – windswept, ghostly and nostalgic.

Alex -Apr 27, 2011, 7:00PM
Great playlist! Who doesn't love Jimmy Hendrix...
jessica -Jul 22, 2010, 11:10PM
i work at FP Burlington and need to no the songs that we are playing in there! pretty please :).

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It was my first 4th of july and I had an amazing time! Yeah I know a little weird me joining in the celebration but what the heck it was FUN! (I’m British BTW)

Lots of beer, big grill, upbeat music, perfect house setting, a bunch of guys crazy about photography, American flags,  sharpie tattoos American style!

Roof top breeze, Twilight sky,  Warm air, the glow of the lamps made a seductive setting while we watched the sky light up with sparkle.

Hope you guys had an amazing 4th of July too :)

leighanne -Jul 07, 2010, 3:25PM
love your 4th july pics, so patriotic ;`0
fp julia -Jul 06, 2010, 1:31PM
glad you enjoyed your first 4th! always a good time - love your pics :)

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just across the mountains from telluride, dunton hot springs resort is a romantic ghost town set in an extraordinary alpine valley. it is described as a town that thrives on contradictions. the rugged, hand constructed exterior shields comfortable, exquisitely furnished rooms, and a saloon worn down over time by visitors serves fresh, mouth watering food.  guests can take long, grueling hikes followed by soothing massages and look out at snowcapped mountains while resting weary bones in steaming natural hot springs.

sounds like heaven to me.

all photos taken by our producer.

roxann -Jul 30, 2010, 11:22PM
hello the july catalog was really neat i like the indian feel, i could not help to notice on the first picture i liked it so much - the ghost & black background & haunted feel, however what a curious ''conical'' shaped hat that ghost wears, (very funny no one else noticed ) it reminds me of something...
Sam -Jul 06, 2010, 8:05PM
I want to be in Colorado...right....now.

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another internship! this one is for a store operations intern, who would provide administrative support to the store operations team. this is a fall internship – you must be able to receive school credit.

for a full description and to apply, please click here!

danne -Jul 09, 2010, 4:38PM
i'm assuming with the "must be able to receive school credit" that you absolutely have to be enrolled in a school to apply for the internship?
Elle -Jul 06, 2010, 5:52PM
how old do you have to be?

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our july catalog is now out! today i wanted to share some of the images and words that fp jemma put together about the inspiration behind this beautiful book…

the feeling:

wind swept, romantic with a ghostly bohemian spirit. horse riding and voodoo dancing in a wood smoked air.

the personality:

sweet and sultry with a native indian stroke. tasseled windy hair caught with braids of wisdom. they evoke the spirit of the wind, and wondrous journeys.

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the styling  – a mixture of military and american cool. fur, feathers, military tags, horns, work boots, leather bags.

the photographer: benjamin alexander huseby. ghostly and sun drenched. a feeling of nostalgia.

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this catalog will have the impact of a stampede, hitting you right off your feet and into a world of “quilted dreams”

view the catalog; shop the items.

kristina -Jul 06, 2010, 3:12PM
i love you so much free people. for real. you're beautiful.<3

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i have been dying to learn how to do this ever since i first saw it on some of the models on our website! watch as our makeup artist (and fishtail braid expert!) deanna demonstrates how to do a fishtail braid like the ones on our website and in the pages of our july catalog. featuring our lovely shoe buyer :)

song is “dream baby dream” by black tambourine.

Shannon -Jan 18, 2013, 6:31PM
I love the look, but the video didn't help me understand it . I think it would help if, instead of music, the stylist was speaking and explaining how to do it step by step. I have to say watching it being quickly braided with loud music didn't help at all.
Rosalie -Aug 07, 2010, 4:55PM
yay im so excited i finally figuured out how to do it! if only i didnt have so many layers ! :)

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