“if i discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that i was made for another world”
– c.s. lewis
Stay inspired and dont miss a thing. Weekly updates from BLDG 25
i was so excited to discover some new collages by brandi strickland the other day…i love her work! she uses mixed media, paint, ink, colored pencil and other materials to create these incredible collages that are like little worlds full of stories. these are from her latest series, “the other is looking in on you.”
It’s always such a treat to see the pups of Home Office that the girls of Free People Brooklyn thought we’d introduce some of our local customers! All dogs are welcomed with shakes, treats, water, and love :)
Lalo! (He’s recovering quite nicely)
Waffle loved our mannequin outfit so much he collapsed in front of it :)
Huahua (as in Chihuahua) and mom!
Lemon (with Huahua in background – they’re best friends!)
Last but not least, Chewy!
so cute! i love all their names…especially waffle :) thanks for sharing ladies!
Yesterday was such a lovely day. the temperature had dropped a little from last week’s heat wave, and there was a cool breeze in the air making us all dreamy. Light crochet piece wear, great cover ups and fun jeans were perfect for the ideal weather.
While our buyer and lingerie designer wore the perfect cover-ups – a chiffon button up shirt tunic and a one shoulder dress.
It was sure a day dreaming day at the office yesterday!
Julia and I at our desks
our buyer and lingerie designer
“sweet as can be, she shows off her inner romance with pretty neutrals and feminine lace styles. dreamy sheer fabrics and off the shoulder shapes embrace her soft, sexy demeanor on the haziest summer days.”
i may be a “lou” girl but i still love our pretty in pink trend on our website right now- the shots are so beautiful and calming! which of these items from the collection is your favorite?
the denim corset bodycon slip:
the mesh & tiers skirt:
the smocked seamless crop top:
the focus on center blouse:
or the nightcap lace bodycon dress:
Summer is a time when the weekend comes you just want to drift away for some fun and adventure whether it’s to a cosmopolitan city to explore or just to hang out on the beach.
I love to pack light but it takes a lot of experimentation to make the most of the items you’ve packed to create looks that will last the duration of your weekend away.
Here’s a little video to inspire you starring one of our designers here at the office, we used the eyelet seamless romper as a foundation to our outfit building looks.
behind the scenes pics from our june e-catalog shoot here at the navy yard in philly! as i’ve told you, day one we shot with martha hunt in our web studio, with her boyfriend as hair stylist. it was such a fun day- he was doing the coolest stuff with her hair, and martha is always a blast to be around – we love her!
our senior photographer showed us this cool camera trick – tape a piece of cardboard over your camera lens with the tiniest little pinhole in the middle:
the result is this cool ghostly effect:
day two we worked with andreea diaconu and shot outdoors in the wilderness of the navy yard :) there is a lot of abandoned land down here that used to be used for military barracks and such, so we went to one of the fields and had a pretty entertaining time fending off deer ticks and tending to a few cuts and bruises… andreea was a trooper and looked beautiful as she danced amidst the grass.
group huddle around the computer to review shots :)
view the e-catalog online here!
have you guys seen our new vintage loves vignette, aphrodite? the collection contains some exquisite dresses by designers like oscar de la renta, mary mcfadden, koos van den akker and guy laroche, in delicate fabrics and shades of ivory, cream and taupe. i think a lot of these would make amaaaazing wedding dresses! we shot the vignette a couple of months back here at our home office and i snapped some behind the scenes photos for you.
detail of the oscar de la renta dress.
the stunning rope detail on the mary mcfadden gown – sure to make its wearer feel like the greek goddess of beauty ;)
our lovely web merchandiser was the model in the shoot!
back detail of the vintage early lace dress.
checking the test shot…
remember gus? he was here lending a paw :)
i love these snake belts in the collection!
shop the collection online here.
Seeking inspiration and exhilaration, I joined my husband Scott and his band, Family Band for the southern leg of their tour with Warpaint. These are some of the photos from that week of sultry, lush tropical southern magic.
We went to Durham, Asheville, Nashville, Athens, New Orleans, Houston and Austin. After a brief taste of southern culture I’m already itching to go back and really explore these places!
Everyone (except me!) took turns driving. Kim & Jonny’s glowing dash pyramid guided the way.
Family band and crowd at one of the sold-out shows.
the merch booth is a great place to meet the locals! Kim, the singer of Family Band, is an amazing fine artist. She probably drew the image on the right in her sleep.
Scott picked up a deck of cards on Olivera St. in LA. and Family Band had a tradition of picking a new card every day. I love arrows, so this was a favorite. On the right is Little Dreamer, our sweet chariot!
I wore these Free People jeans every single day! On the right is the Mercy Lounge in Nashville – there were freight train tracks directly behind the venue.
Me and Scott out back of the Mercy Lounge looking introspective.
On the way to Athens, GA, we used swimmingholes.org to find a quick swimming hole – this is Kim crossing on the way out.
Tour is a total blur as you are usually doing 7-9 hour drives every day, so I’m not positive where this was, but I think on the way to New Orleans. I loved the design of these bridges.
You can’t deny the romantic architecture of New Orleans. We had a few hours off here, but I need to go back for more. The club in New Orleans had gothic chandeliers and timber framing.
Kim’s vintage sequin butterfly shirt is so rad! On the right she is wearing a Lindsey Thornburg dress from Bona Drag in New Orleans.
Barton Springs in Austin – This is the most amazing cold-water spring. It’s all natural and has rocks and plants growing in the cool water. We had a day off in Austin and spent an afternoon here swimming and people-watching.
Breakfast tacos and Migas are the order of the day at Polvos restaurant in Austin. Right – Michaladas are the best! It’s like a bloody mary with beer.
Left – Backstage art at La Zona Rosa in Austin.
Right -Family Band and Warpaint shared a goodbye meal and hang at the wonderful Justine’s in Austin.
Little Dreamer resting after a long day’s work!
photos #2,4,6,7,8,11,12,17 & 18 by David Torch; all others by Emily Hirsch.