inspiration from foreign cultures and fashions has always been important to free people. our designers travel to faraway locations to immerse themselves in different cultures, meet people and visit markets and shops, seeking unique finds and treasures to incorporate into free people designs. this video is from a few years ago, but we’ve never shared it on the blog…it was taken by two of our designers on a trip to tibet.
i hope to keep bringing you more imagery and video from the places our designers travel in the future!
the deadline has passed to sign up for the holiday craft swap, and by now you should have an email from me with your swap partner’s name and address.
the following people’s email came back to me saying there was a problem with the email address. if you are one of these people, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the accurate email address so that i can send you your partner’s information!!!
everyone get crafting, and send your creation to your partner by friday, december 25!
is everyone enjoying on the road so far? feel free to raise any questions or share any thoughts you may have on part one! we thought we’d give everyone a little more time to get through part two, so check back for a post on monday, december 7, about part two of the book.
i’ve been on a search for vintage items lately, and i asked people around the office if they had any old free people items. here are some of the things i’ve found so far…
how cool is this sticker? it looks like it’s from the 70′s but it’s actually from the 90′s.
the one on the left was one of our most popular thermals :)
i’m not sure when exactly this skirt is from but it’s pretty old…i love the cats on the back!
do any of you have any vintage free people items? send me your pics!
our new december catalog was photographed by david mushegain, an extremely talented photographer based in new york. our team discovered him when they saw these photos he took of model angela lindvall at her home in topanga california for the july 2009 british vogue. here are some of the photos from that shoot, which served as inspiration behind our december catalog.
the theme for our december catalog (shot in california) was road tripping up the coast from los angeles to san francisco…which could not fit more perfectly with our first book club selection, on the road :)
to view the entire catalog, click here.
one of our readers informed me of this amazing company called squint, located in england, that makes furniture, light fixtures and home accessories. they look like they would be a perfect fit for a free people store! their collections use a mix of contemporary and vintage fabrics, as well as woven english damasks, 19th century french trimmings, and japanese ceremonial kimono silks. i am in love with the dresser…
“when the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”
- jimi hendrix
erickson beamon jewelry is founded and designed by karen erickson, eric erickson and vicki beamon. as the story is told, their jewelry business was born out of necessity. while working with a designer for their premiere apparel runway show they found no one would lend them jewelry to accessorize with, so they strung crystals and beads on suede and launched their first jewelry line. immediately the jewelry took off and was noticed for its fashion forward, edgy quality. their trademark are handcrafted beaded necklaces, which are meticulously assembled by hand using tiny crystals and semi-precious stones. the unique, handmade yet fashionable quality of the pieces has drawn the attention of some of the most well-known designers in the fashion world, who have had erickson beamon design custom pieces for their shows. they have one retail store located in london that is described as “a place where people can have their fantasy come to life in jewels.”
we are thrilled to have their designs here at free people! view our full selection of erickson beamon here.
i’m a vegetarian so i really don’t get too into the whole thanksgiving meal, and i never have the problem of figuring out what to do with lots of leftover turkey, stuffing, etc…but i found this recipe for thanksgiving leftover pizza on savoryreviews.com that sounds really good- even to me. here’s a recipe to give you an idea, but really this is something you can be creative with and come up with your own recipe!
thanksgiving leftover pizza
• 1 biscuit dough (or use store bought pizza crust)
• 1 cup leftover gravy – plus a little extra for drizzling
• 1 cup leftover mashed potatoes
• 1 cup leftover stuffing
• 1 cup leftover turkey
• 1 cup cheddar cheese
• 1 cup leftover cranberry sauce
- pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
- in a bowl combine biscuit ingredients and form a dough. next turn the dough out onto a pizza pan. since biscuit dough is fragile and sticky, it is best not to use a pizza peel and stone. form a pizza dough.
- bake the dough for 5-7 minutes, until it starts to get a little firm.
- remove the dough from the oven and coat with the gravy or cranberry sauce- your choice!
- spoon the potatoes, turkey and stuffing onto the pizza. spread it out evenly over the whole pizza.
- top with the cheese (again, optional, and use whatever kind of cheese you like).
- bake in the preheated oven for 12-18 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.
- remove the pizza from the oven and let cool for a minute before cutting. serve with a side of gravy for dipping or with dollops of cranberry sauce.
philly’s own outdoor olympic-sized skating rink, the blue cross riverrink, reopens today for three months of ice skating enjoyment! located at penn’s landing (where market st. meets columbus blvd.) the ice rink is right on the delaware river and has beautiful views of the ben franklin bridge and philly skyline. plus, if you go on friday or saturday nights between 8:30pm and 1:00am, there’s a live dj and/or karaoke.
even if you’re not great at ice skating, it’s a ton of fun to try and a great workout as well :)
no, it isn’t thursday. but did you really think we’d miss the weekly poll?
last week i asked which holiday outfit you loved the most and the winner was pretty clear…the vast majority of the votes went to the cabin fever look (which was also my favorite – i just ordered the faux fur earflap hat…i can’t wait to get it)!
this week i was looking at all of the cute, colorful coin purses and pouches we have…they’d be such a great gift for friends and family! which one do you like best?
the lace applique coin purse: