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“beauty begins when pencil hits paper… the sketch comes alive with swatches and trims, transformed into an enchanting ensemble. the muse is awakened. each design idea is created with the beauty of the free people girl in mind. she’s special, one of a kind.”

this is my favorite section of the book. i love the simplicity of the layout – studio shots against a white backdrop, highlighted by sketches of the designs and swatches of fabrics to draw you in.  i adore the little sketches – i wish i could draw like this!

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this section features models suvi koponen and jessica mau, who were photographed in a new york studio by the amazing dan martensen – he also shot our february 2010 catalog in california and our april 2010 catalog in morocco.  these are two of my favorite shots in the entire book:

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his portraits always manage to exude so much grace and simple beauty.  here are some from his portfolio that i love:

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view the entire november book here.

kat -Nov 08, 2010, 1:32PM
So pretty, and thanks for always representing your photographers. It's the best, they totally deserve it.

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“if you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.”

khalil gibran

photo by sophie morner.

-Nov 08, 2010, 10:44AM
khalil gibran is amazing.

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a delicious snack

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i would NEVER have thought to combine these things, but i am not kidding you – it is so delicious:

start by toasting fruit and nut bread (this one was from whole foods)

drizzle olive oil on the bread

spread guacamole on the bread

add some brie cheese

top with green grapes

and enjoy :)

Josie -Nov 08, 2010, 7:14AM
Actually this sounds like a PERFECT lunch. Definitely a match made in food heaven.
vicki -Nov 08, 2010, 6:22AM
ooh this sounds so yummy!! sometimes the weird can be wonderful! :) x

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“misunderstood buildings” by amy eckert, who writes:

“If houses can be said to have personalities, who’s to say they don’t have longings, imaginations, inner lives? In architecture, a folly is an extravagant, useless, or fanciful building, or one that appears to be something other than what it is. In their book Follies, Grottoes & Garden Buildings, Headley & Meulenkamp define a folly as a “misunderstood building”.

In this collage series I combine my own images with pictures from architecture books and manufacturers catalogues. By removing the house from a picture, I get to fill up that void with my own extravagant, useless, or fanciful ideas. I like to play around with the reliable stability of architectural space and confuse inside with outside, shelter with storm.”

lea -Nov 06, 2010, 7:49PM
not particuarly a fan, coming from an architecture background i would prefer the buildings to "want to be" something outside of the realm of the natural or built environment...like Bernard Tschumis follies in Parc de la Vilettes in Paris
chelsea -Nov 06, 2010, 2:56PM
ohhh, this kinda gives me chills. what brilliance

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i took a little tour of the office with grizzly bear today and man does she have it good… everywhere she goes people want to give her hugs and kisses and treats! here’s a look at a day in the life of a free people pup :)

where to first?

to give kisses to our graphic designer!

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and hugs for one of our designers :)

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the leash in the mouth means she’s ready to move on…

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this treat smells yummy but it’s a little too big!

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what, no more treats?

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checkin’ out some clothing samples…

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taking five with another fp girl.

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waiting for the elevator

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testing a chair in the lobby

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oh hey jemma!

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and off down the hallway!

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really?

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it’s ok, i still love you.

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seein’ what’s going on outside

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posing in front of the bamboo

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is that a real grizzly bear?

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nah, it’s just toby!

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time to go back to mom…

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and get a treat for being so good :)

happy friday!

PLume and Petals -Nov 08, 2010, 11:27AM
Grizzly bear is soooo adorable! Lucky that you can bring your dogs to work =) I would really love that!
freepeople lover 1 -Nov 07, 2010, 11:21PM
omg that dog is soooo cute!!!

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a lil sneak peek at something we did for the blog today :)

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there’s a very cool show opening at space 1026 in philly tonight – featuring the work of chrissy piper, an amazing photographer who shot our upcoming december catalog!  the show consists of portraits from her 3 records series, in which she asks the people she photographs to name three records that changed and/or inspired their lives.  i think its such an amazing concept, and makes the portraits so much more personal.

also, two of our very inspiring fp girls were photographed for the 3 records series, so i wanted to share their portraits and their responses with you :)

our creative director:

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and our videographer:

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here’s a preview of the show from the space 1026 website:

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also check out more of chrissy piper’s work on her website – i can’t wait to show you some shots from our december book, she did such an awesome job!

this of course got me thinking about how i would respond to the 3 records question. my answers are probably pretty typical but i think i would have to say…

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bob marley’s legend, not because i think its the best collection of his music, but because that album to me represents my happiest childhood memories, being at the beach with my family. the beatles rubber soul, which my best friend in grade school gave me (on cassette), and sparked my obsession with the band that is still going strong. and bob dylan’s blood on the tracks because it got me through a really difficult time, and still does when i’m having a bad day.

what are three records that changed and/or inspired your life? i’d love to hear :)

Maux -Nov 08, 2010, 3:27AM
1. fleetwood mac, rumours. actually, ALL fleetwood mac 2. "africa" by toto 3. all kings of leon 4. all josh ritter 5. and the song "can't you hear me knocking" by the rolling stones.
Linda -Nov 05, 2010, 10:43PM
Ani difranco changed my life, too ::sigh::! So did Tori Amos' Little Earthquakes and The Cranberries!! It is way too difficult to narrow it down to three :/

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hwe had a couple of twin spottings in the office yesterday! first, wearing the we the free motoring in fleece jacket:

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and next the directions in lace maxi slip:

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i love seeing how people style the same items differently!

Cindy -Nov 15, 2010, 2:22PM
Love the lace skirt! AND also loving the black boots she's wearing with the skirt in the "motoring in fleece jacket" pics. Is there a way to find out who they are by? LOVE Love love them.
katie -Nov 07, 2010, 5:51PM
are the girls just wearing tights under the lace skirt??

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a couple of months ago we had a big meeting at the home office with all of our store managers from across the country. as part of the meeting we had a free people holiday fashion show featuring some of the looks from our november catalog on models and on some of the girls who work here in the office. it was so fun seeing everything go down a runway – and now that the catalog’s out i can show you some pictures that one of the managers snapped during the show!

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they all looked amazing – but wee people stole the show :)

our holiday displays are going up in all of our stores next week and i can’t wait to show you photos, they’re breathtaking!

elaine -Nov 06, 2010, 3:34AM
what an excellent show!!! thank you lots for sending me the holiday catalog in the mail! :) i'm all sorts of giddy over it! xoxoxo
-Nov 05, 2010, 6:52PM
these looks are excellent!!!!!!!! thanks lots for sending me the holiday catalog in the mail!!! xoxo

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from the belle of the ball section of our november catalog shoot!

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the one that got away

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scouting for locations

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this forest doesn’t even look real.

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crazy cats :)

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our makeup artist.

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hair and makeup.

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dinner at eglinham hall.

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the nearby town of alnwick – it looks like such a cute place!

stay tuned for behind the scenes of the other chapters in the november book coming soon :)

Eliza -Nov 04, 2010, 6:55PM
The first picture reminds me alot of one of Tim Walker's photos. Love his work.
jennifer Ruppert -Nov 04, 2010, 12:53PM
*GASP* THAT RED BEADED GYPSY PURSE. Where can I buy that !? So rad ! xxx jruppert.blogspot.com

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around the office with our awesome new camera :)

Lucy -Nov 06, 2010, 2:33PM
wow! Looks like a dream place to work! So inspiring!! xo from Espana
Amanda -Nov 04, 2010, 7:50PM
Good Lord- all I keep thinking about is that very cool looking gold mouse!

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wednes-diy

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i saw this on poppytalk today and i couldn’t resist sharing.  did any of you guys ever make “god’s eyes”? i never have but they’re so awesome looking and simple to make. just tie two sticks together and weave the yarn around them, starting at the center – to see a quick tutorial on exactly how to wrap the yarn, click here. plus you can play around with the colors to get some really pretty combinations – they’d make lovely little table decorations or even christmas tree ornaments!

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i also love the pieces of driftwood wrapped in yarn – it reminds me of this photo from our office that i posted not too long ago:

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Itzel -Dec 19, 2012, 9:34AM
I make these and sell them.If you want I can show you a picture of a big one.?
-Apr 04, 2011, 3:17PM
Its also a Indian ceremony tool, not a Mexican culture symbol. Yes,Huichol Indians are regional to western Mexico, but its Indian non the less. Sorry, not trying to be rude, but I'm a stickler for facts.

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