yes, some of you are probably still recovering from the madness of coachella but this weekend another huge music festival begins – the new orleans jazz festival! this isn’t your typical festival though — it spans 9 days and is all about celebrating the incredibly rich musical heritage and culture of new orleans. there are some pretty impressive musicians playing this year- including dr. john, the black crowes, the funky meters, simon & garfunkel, my morning jacket, the allman brothers, widespread panic, aretha franklin, pearl jam, jeff beck, van morrison, b.b. king and richie havens…just to name a few :) in addition, there will be arts and crafts galore, and all of this is on top of the mysterious, voodoo tinged atmosphere that already exists in one of the most fascinating cities of the united states.
free people is looking for a full time sweater design intern! this will be a six month internship starting in june and ending in december. this is a great opportunity for recent grads!
the objective of this position is to support the designers by providing basic administrative skills and entry level design skills, completing assigned tasks in an efficient and timely manner and giving them the assistance they need to create and execute product that represents the unique style of the free people customer. for a full job description and to apply, please click here!
during the 1950s and 1960s, morocco was a refuge for writers and musicians from abroad, including the rolling stones, jack kerouac and william s. burroughs, who wrote the legendary naked lunch while staying at a hotel in tangier. morocco was to the rolling stones what india was to the beatles – they traveled there in the late 1960s in search of musical inspiration and found that and much more. the fusion of berber, african and arabic music had a huge influence on the rolling stones’ sound but they were also enthralled by the atmosphere of the country – especially the somewhat seedy city of tangier – home at the time to spies, smugglers, expatriate aristocrats and writers-in-exile. they arrived in the british mod style and left in billowing shirts, weighed down by bracelets, necklaces and various trinkets. about his experiences in morocco, keith richards said “we enjoyed being transported. you could be sinbad the sailor, one thousand and one nights. we loved it.”
the stones were part of a large crowd of swinging londoners who regularly visited morocco in the 60s. one of the most iconic photos representing morocco and the bohemian culture of the 1960s is of talitha getty, wife of paul getty, shot by patrick lichfield on the roof of their home in marrakech. our team was inspired to recreate this photo when shooting our catalog in morocco- here is our version!
hey everyone! hope you’re all enjoying your earth day. the weather is warming up and i am loving all of our cute shorts – which do you like best?
last week’s poll turnout was amazing! 1,525 votes and only 9 votes separated the winner (girl number 5) from second place (girl number one) – and in case you didn’t figure it out, the winner was sandy and second place was candy :)
building 543, which holds our cafeteria, had a ton of great stuff going on today for earth day – starting with this beautiful display of flowers that greeted everyone who walked in the door! i thought it was a really nice touch that the flowers were arranged in water bottles :) there were plant potting and vertical garden workshops hosted by terrain, reusable water bottles and bags for sale, stations for recycling batteries and cell phones, and lots of yummy organic treats!
our topanga, california store had a tea party over the weekend to celebrate their second birthday – check out these great pics from the event! in addition to tea and treats they had a model in store to give styling ideas, and fp girl karla hand painted frames and wrapped them in green tissue paper as adorable little gifts for anyone who made a purchase :)
check out all the girls who came out for the event in their cute outfits below!
as we told you earlier this week, to get our special web shots for the twisted classics trend, we went to nearby FDR park to get some shots of ‘lou’ on her skateboard. it was a gorgeous spring afternoon and i think we were all a little excited to get out of the office for a bit and enjoy the weather- here are some behind the scenes photos of our team at work!
to celebrate earth day i wanted to post some nature photography by anna verlet. her photos capture the mysticism and magical aura of nature in a way that draws you into the landscapes…the fog in the forest is tangible and the reflection of the sun dancing across the lake glows with warmth. get outside today and appreciate the magic and wonder that is planet earth!
a couple of cool events are going on to celebrate earth day, check them out below.
our fp girls from free people manhattan beach (california) sent along these great photos for the blog…click “read more” to take a little peek into their store!
in the spirit of earth day, i wanted to post some amazing artwork made out of items we would normally consider trash. i found these first pieces particularly inspiring because the artist, virgina fleck, took something associated with waste (plastic bags) and created something spiritual and beautiful – mandalas. a mandala is a universal, non-religious tool for meditation that is composed of carefully chosen symbols and imagery with a specific meaning said to provide guidance. upon closer examination of these mandalas you might recognize some familiar symbols from stores you might shop at, but at first glance i would never realize what these were made of. i would absolutely hang one on my wall!
now these are plastic bags you would want to use over and over again! they are created by artist josh blackwell, who carefully weaves thread and other materials into plastic bags to create these “plastic baskets” as he calls them. they definitely take on the characteristics of a pretty basket you could take to the farmer’s market and fill with fresh fruits and vegetables! who would’ve thought a plastic bag could be cute?
ok, this might be considered a bit gross, but i found it so impressive i had to share. artist jesus bubu negron created a rug for an art installation out of cigarette butts. he actually paid street cleaners to collect the stubs, which he unrolled and weaved together. maybe not something you’d want in your home, but amazing nonetheless!
our makeup artist deanna shows you how to get a fresh spring look! featuring the lovely model klara.
the products used are as follows:
eye color: nars underworld duo, using the grey on the lid
eye liner: MAC kohl eye liner in phone number
cheek: stila convertible color (dual lip and cheek cream) in gerbera
skin highlighter: kevyn aucoin the mousse glacé in gleam
lip: stila convertible color in gerbera
song is “she’s the one” by the beta band!