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beautiful stuff.  based in brooklyn, the wild unknown is a line of handmade goods and artwork inspired by nature, in particular summers spent in the catskill mountains and on the shores of lake superior, as well as their favorite songs and musicians.

i’m such a sucker for feathers. and bob dylan. see more here.

fpcarrie -Apr 07, 2010, 4:39PM
i love this artist!!! our creative director got me a calendar in her travels a few years ago, and i treated myself to one of the prism pyramids that wild unknown makes - it is rad.
alison -Apr 07, 2010, 4:34PM
i'm a sucker for feathers and bob dylan...and free people!!! honestly, i love your blog so much - i check it everyday and there is always something i love! thank you!

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before woodstock became known worldwide for the most famous music festival of all time, it was a quiet town in rural new york that artisans, painters, musicians and freethinkers called home.  they lived off the land and made things by hand- even their homes.  they used local stone, wood and scavenged materials to create shelters that are as unique as they are impressive- ranging from the cave-like dens and teepees to cabins and stone structures.  these homes are documented in the book “woodstock handmade houses” and turning the pages is like stepping into one hidden world after another, imagining all the stories each sanctuary holds.  it is a constant source of inspiration that will never age.

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fp julia -Apr 07, 2010, 11:24AM
hi laura- yes i know, they did name it after the town of woodstock, ny though.
Laura -Apr 07, 2010, 11:05AM
Awesome homes, though!

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the lollapalooza lineup is here!

green day and lady gaga? no thank you. soundgarden, arcade fire, strokes, phoenix, MGMT, jimmy cliff, black keys, national, spoon, grizzly bear, wolfmother, yeasayer, the XX, edward sharpe (and i could keep going)? YES PLEASE.

one of the hardest things about festival season is deciding which one to go to, because only in my wildest dreams can i attend them all. this just might be a lollapalooza year, although i still think the sasquatch lineup is the best… lollapalooza will take place august 6th-8th in grant park, chicago.

don’t forget to stay tuned to the blog as a couple of our girls are headed to coachella next weekend – and if you’re going, maybe we’ll see you there!

-Apr 07, 2010, 7:15PM
no lady gaga is the best.
Bronwyn -Apr 07, 2010, 3:38PM
you're first paragraph about the bands is EXACTLY what I would have written! ahaha (booourns to green day and gaga) may i suggest you also check out The Morning Benders. Rad band. You will love. Lolla here I come!!!!

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cara has been with us at king of prussia, pa as an associate for quite a while now and has been a great part of our team. her hard work and love for the brand has landed her an operations internship at the home office this summer – we look forward to having you here, cara!

read on to get to know her a little bit better :)

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today’s featured artist is actress/singer/style icon charlotte gainsbourg. she has long been france’s sweetheart and calls paris home, but she’s making a name for herself in the US as well thanks to her latest album, IRM. since releasing the album she has embarked on her first live tour, culminating with a top spot in this year’s coachella lineup (she’s playing on sunday).  IRM is a collaboration with beck, who wrote and produced the songs using notes and lyrics that charlotte supplied. the subject matter on the record is heavy- in 2007 she underwent surgery for a brain hemorrhage – the title track “IRM” is MRI in french, and incorporates the sounds of the machine. while that might sound ominous, the song is actually upbeat and the feel of the album is uplifting. it is the story of someone overcoming a challenge and using that difficult situation to make something beautiful.

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the clothing menu -Apr 06, 2010, 10:10PM
i love charlotte's music and style! i wrote about her on my blog recently too. http://theclothingmenu.com/2010/02/jadore-these-french-fashion-icons/

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the climate in morocco is warm almost all year round, although temperatures do differ depending on where you stay – coastal towns are much cooler and marrakesh can be pretty hot, especially in summer months.  an item like the fes romper would be the first thing in my suitcase because it’s casual and cool for daytime but could be dressed up at night.  for the hot days exploring the medina and sightseeing around the city pack some shorts, a tank and some comfy sneakers or sandals.  layering pieces like the scandalous lace top and irina slip dress are perfect and take up little room in your suitcase, and of course- lots and lots of gold jewelry and a sun hat!

items pictured above are as follows:

1. medina sun hat; 2. 3/4 sleeve scandalous lace top; 3. sunshine for my love dress; 4. golden fern bracelet; 5. fes romper; 6. chaabi chandelier earrings; 7. cast net bag; 8. coin drop belt; 9. cleo lace up sandal; 10. haiku tank; 11. irina slip dress; 12. stained and distressed keds; 13. benji’s linen cargo short.

fp julia -Apr 08, 2010, 8:53AM
thanks asmaa! very helpful :)
Erica -Apr 07, 2010, 9:31PM
Asmaa, thanks for the awesome advice! I am really excited to hear this!! I'll be there two weeks smack in the middle of May. I am going to Marrakesh for a week, Merzouga (near the Erg Chebbi) for 3 days, and finally to Skoura for a couple of days. Should I even have some jeans on hand? Some FP stuff I own that I thought could be fun: http://www.freepeople.com/clothes-dresses/patchwork-paisley-necklace-dress/ http://www.freepeople.com/sale-under--30/velvet-fringe-jacket/ (as a cover up with tanks, etc) Also, I may be in Casablanca for a few hours late at night before we catch our flight home. Anywhere to go that you would suggest? Or any other advice? :D

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in 1966 graham nash took a train from casablanca to marrakesh, and the experience moved him to write about the sights, sounds and feelings in what became the song named after the train, “marrakesh express.” the line that stands out to me is “had to get away to see what we could find,” a sentiment shared by many artists and musicians who traveled to morocco in the sixties. read the lyrics and listen to the song below, and imaging you’re traveling trough deserts and palm groves with mountains on the horizon and the spirit of discovery in your soul…

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Denisse -Apr 07, 2010, 3:34AM
:D cant wait for the pics then!
fp julia -Apr 06, 2010, 4:46PM
hi denisse! thanks for all the suggestions - you'll be happy to know that we actually didn't go to casablanca or fes, our team went to marrakesh and essaouira. we will have tons of stuff on essaouira coming up. thanks!!

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one of our favorite trends for spring are wrists piled with bracelets and bangles- brass, silver or gold, it doesn’t matter, and the more the merrier is a key motto here.  mix delicate gold leaf patterns with bulky mesh and brightly painted flowers for texture with a touch of the unexpected. this look has a multi-cultured and exotic feel, giving the illusion that you’ve traveled the world collecting pieces from different places along the way to display like artwork on your arms.  give a simple summer dress a  mysterious edge and turn a casual daytime look like shorts and a tee into rocking evening attire – just layer on some bracelets and you’re good to go!

(click on image above to shop our bracelets)

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April kicked off with a beautiful Easter weekend and our direct business kicked off with a beautiful visual – Sweet Jasmine which is out story for April.

Here’s the mindset:

A girl’s life captured through accidental snapshots, a memoir…
Reminiscent of a girl who has just come back from a well-travelled journey in Asia. She’s brought back with her a beautiful wise story full of depth and emotion. She’s pinned her thoughts in photos, incidentals that are placed together creating a feeling of solitude and luminosity.

Sweet jasmine was born through Asian watercolor landscape and simple floral illustrations. Think apple branches, lotus flowers, daisies and doves, made up of cool blues, royals, pinks and purples as well as minty greens and Chinese red. Pretty/sweet elements are toned down with crude/rough collages of graph and ripped paper. Branches and pencil detail contribute to a flux of affection.
Portraits of flat shot clothes have charm, while beautiful wallpaper backdrops animate a soft feminine feel.

And, as always… our fp girl in mind.

The items above are:

Barbary Coast Dress, Blank Beavis Relaxed Straight Legged Levis, Hand Drawn Henley and the Beaded Chandelier Earrings.

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when we did a survey on the blog earlier this year we asked you all to answer the question “if the free people blog were a travel destination, where would it be?”  topping out the responses was india, and a close second was morocco…which was interesting because we had just finished shooting our april catalog there!  morocco is a mythical place with an incredibly rich culture and fabled cities like tangier, the vibrant gateway to africa, casablanca, made legendary by the 40s hollywood movie named after it, and of course marrakech, where our team stayed.

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“all moments, past, present, and future, always have existed, always will exist…it is just an illusion we have here on earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone it is gone forever.” – kurt vonnegut

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one of our designers departed last week to pursue new endeavors, but she left us with this fabulous recipe for ginger shorties that would make an amazing treat!

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