winter strikes again… a little over a foot fell in the city and i went for a little walk this morning and took some photos before beginning the trek down to the navy yard. i actually love the brief period of time after a large snowfall when everything is blanketed in white and the snow muffles the usual sounds of the city, creating a peaceful lull. people even seem to say hi on the street more often, offering a warm smile of commiseration for others out shoveling or trudging through snow up to their knees.
but don’t get me wrong, i am more than ready for spring! enough of this nonsense :)
after jemma posted about our extreme series oversized and boxy tees the other day i went and checked out the shop online and started thinking about how i’d wear some of these items. like she said, i also tend to over-size it when i buy shirts because i like them a little baggier – so these extreme tees are right up my alley! we had a little fun today trying some outfits on, and with the color scheme of the items we picked, the bamboo forest at the end of the hall beckoned to us…
you guys have probably heard of erica domesek of the blog p.s. – i made this… by now – she’s a DIY genius. i love how she can make a project i’d never even think of seem so easy and do-able. for example, this feather headpiece – with spring and festival season creeping up on us it definitely has the wheels in my head turning, thinking of fun headpieces i can make and wear all summer long.
lizzy janssen is an amazing artist, has great style, and is just an awesome person- so its no surprise that her home (in fishtown, philadelphia) is a reflection of all those things. lizzy describes it as somewhere in the early american, meets 1950′s housewife, meets mid-century modern neighborhood :) another fun fact – it was designed by our creative director, who lives here!
i’m completely in love with her place…the exposed brick, the spiral staircase, the amazing bathroom and her adorable cat arlo in the above picture (named after arlo guthrie).
most of the stuff lizzy has decorated her place with – the furniture, paintings and figurines – was found at thrift stores, garage sales, and sometimes even on the curb! her favorite thrift stores in philly are germantown thrift and three potato four, in manayunk.
here’s a quick little interview with lizzy, and check out more photos of her sweet place in the slideshow below!
you can check out another tour of lizzy’s home here!
what do you guys think of this year’s coachella lineup? i think its pretty solid – even though i’ve never been to coachella they always do a great job just getting such a large variety of artists. even if you don’t like the headliners, you’re sure to find several smaller bands more than worth seeing. here’s a little playlist of some of the bands i’d like to see if i was going (one of them is twin shadow, who we just featured in our january catalog video!).
are any of you planning on going? who are you most excited to see??
our creative design assistant snapped a couple pics of model sasha pivovarova when she arrived for our catalog shoot on thursday… she looks effortlessly cool in leather pants, black shoes, tank and messy braid – and the tiger on her shirt was definitely appropriate!
i snapped this photo of her bracelets and rings on the makeup table – i love that she just wears a couple of friendship bracelets!
and jemma took this photo when she arrived on day two, looking nice and cozy for the cold day in nyc!
i know you guys want to see more of the april catalog but you’re going to have to wait a little bit! don’t worry though because i’ll have a sneak peek of our february book soon (maybe next week!) and it is amazing :)
I have always been a fan of the oversized look. I usually opt for the two sizes bigger idea when it comes to buying tops - I like the way they fall and how much freedom I have to play around with different silhouettes.
Lately bloggers have been catching my eye and the ways they have been styling these extreme XL ideas.
I love this look with maxi skirts with a small section of the top tucked in to give a draping effect or just worn loose to give that relaxed and comfortable feel.
It’s quite a bold idea… how do you guys feel about this look???
today’s fan story is from sheila from portland OR, a student and artist who sent in some of her recent work. she wrote that she loves fiber art and is always inspired by the materials that free people uses, and has incorporated some tears from fp catalogs into her work.
i love how personal her work is, some of it containing little sentences or phrases that are like a peek into her diary. awesome stuff, thanks for sharing shiela! you can check out more of her work here.
and don’t forget to keep the stories coming to firstname.lastname@example.org!
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!
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”