lennon wall

when i first saw the photos from our new catalog, i was immediately curious about the graffiti covered wall.  i did a little research and found out that it was named the lennon wall following the death of john lennon in 1980.  since then it has been covered with graffiti pertaining to lennon and his lyrics, as well as notions of peace.  during the period of communist rule in the late 1980′s in prague, western music by artists like lennon was banned. young people would write their grievances on this wall, eventually leading to a clash between them and police on the nearby charles bridge. this movement was referred to by the czech authorities as “lennonism.”

despite attempts to repaint the wall, the graffiti kept coming back and is now tolerated… right on.

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Storage Marple -Jul 28, 2010, 3:43AM
Added to my favourites list and added to my blogroll.
mcgriddle -Jan 16, 2010, 1:47PM
Wonderful post -- why don't you have a "print this" button?

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a little while back, one of our team members showed me this post about artist jessica robles, who does really cute illustrations of shoes…we approached jessica and asked if she had any interest in drawing some free people shoes, and she was happy to!  check ‘em out, along with her description of why she picked each one…

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here illustrations look just like the real thing!

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clockwise from top left: cody buckle back boot, thelma’s oxford, belle strappy ankle boot, cut out eyelet bootie.

check out more of her work on her blog.

thanks jessica! you’re so talented!!

abeautifulparty -Feb 10, 2010, 12:20PM
Yay! I love Jessica and her amazing artwork!
regina camarillo -Jan 15, 2010, 12:22AM
incredible how she can draw does shoes! its amazing!!!! love iTTT! veeeery talented! im from mexico and love this blog and free people clothes

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a friend of mine had one of these wine cork trivets in her apartment and i thought it was so cool! if you have a bunch of wine corks lying around it’s a perfect use for them, or if not you can always ask for some at a bar or wine store where they usually have a bunch lying around.

find a shallow tray like the ones shown above, and just arrange the corks in whatever pattern you like, using glue to fix them in place.

if you’re feeling really ambitious, take it a step further and make a wine cork…well…corkboard :)

i don’t drink much wine but i might have to get some corks and try this! that round one is awesome.

Chelsea -Jan 20, 2010, 8:23PM
My mom made a corkboard out of wine corks a few years ago and people kept on giving her wine corks so that we have about 1,000 now. She was craving to find another use for the thousand extra and this post gave her some great ideas!
bethany -Jan 14, 2010, 10:41AM
I've been saving my wine corks for about 5 months now in order to do just this! Looks awesome!

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haiti

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our hearts go out to all the victims of the devastation in haiti.

free people will be making a donation to american red cross to help communities affected by the earthquake.

Zola -Jan 15, 2010, 6:27PM
I think that it is great that people are donating to the country but... i also think that it is sad that it took such a horrible NATURAL disaster to make the world actually pay attestation to the UNNATURAL atrocities that have occurring within the country for a ridicules amount of time..it is also even sadder that the majority of these things are still going unnoticed.. -just my 2 sense

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some eye candy to leave you with today…this video for ok go’s “wtf?” is so cool…way cooler than the treadmills (in my opinion).

OK Go – WTF? from OK Go on Vimeo.

thanks alexxandra :)

unidentified -Jan 13, 2010, 10:53AM
This is awesome!! I always love the music and videos you post here.

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i am especially excited to introduce you all to our new fashion blogger…you’ll be hearing much more from her in the future here on the blog, where she’ll be the yin to my yang :)

so here’s a little more about her (transcribed below)

what is your theme song?
i would say HOTEL CALIFORNIA by the eagles (the live version though, the one with the spanish guitar intro).  this song brings happy thoughts.

if you could go anywhere in the world, free of cost, where would you go?
NORWAY definitely, to see the northern lights, has been on my list to do before i pass away for years!

if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
a canoe, so i can go out into the ocean, a sketch book to keep my mind off things, a dog for company.

what is the one article of clothing you can’t live without?

my friendship bracelets, i love them, i have an obsession with collecting one everywhere i go.

what is your biggest fear?
growing old alone.

winter, spring, summer or fall?
“…all you have to do is call”
SUMMER – campouts, warm sunshine, glowy skin, sandals, cute summer dresses. everyone’s happy in the summer.

what color are you?
MINT, I think mint sums me up perfectly :)

what is your motto?
ALWAYS believe in your dreams

What is your favorite hobby?
creating visual diaries, i have an O.C.D.!!!

if you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?

i would love to spend the day with devendra banhart.  i think the day would be very colorful and full of giggles and weirdness.  PERFECT!

be on the lookout for posts from our fashion blogger, and check out her bio here!

fp julia -Mar 01, 2010, 2:09PM
hi alexandra! we'd be happy to answer your questions, please send them to blog@freepeople.com!
Alexandra Cooley -Feb 28, 2010, 9:13PM
Hello! My name is Alexandra Cooley, I am currently a sophomore studying Fashion Merchandising at Philadelphia University. I am taking Retail Strategy this semester and have a few questions about the Free People blog, BLDG15. I would love your input and suggestions. I hope this finds you, have a great Monday! Alexandra Cooley cooley4994@philau.edu

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if you aren’t familiar with the band ok go let me refresh your memory: choreographed dance routine on treadmills.

i haven’t heard much about the band since their 2006 video was a huge viral success, but recently, they’ve resurfaced with a new album, of the blue color of the sky and a funkier sound.  prince was a huge influence on the album, which you’ll hear in the track “skyscrapers”.  i’ll be honest, i wasn’t a fan of the band before, but this album has inspired me to give them a second chance — it’s catchy.  i also like the album name — taken from an 1876 book called “the influence of the blue ray of the sunlight and of the blue color of the sky” by augustus james pleasonton, on his theory that blue light had the ability to cure all ills.

check out a couple songs from the album below…be warned, the first one contains explicit language so if you’re offended by that, skip to the second one :)  we also included the song “back from kathmandu” on our new store playlist, which you can check out here.


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listen. enjoy. critique.  and…report back with your opinion.

alexxandra -Jan 12, 2010, 5:18PM
their new video to WTF? is mesmerizing! the colors and effects are unbelievable. i was hypnotized for the entire video and even a few minutes that followed.

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loving these photos by jinjoo hwang this morning…so peaceful.

@LadyLUX -Jan 13, 2010, 3:24PM
those are wonderful photos and help calm me during the middle of the day of the middle of this busy week!
summerteeth -Jan 12, 2010, 2:51PM
gorgeous love them thanks for sharing! i've never heard of this photographer!

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as you now know, our january catalog was shot in prague…but why?

our team chose the location because it is bohemia. the term bohemian gets mentioned quite often in fashion, and it is definitely a huge influence on the free people aesthetic. but did you know that it refers to the untraditional lifestyle of writers, artists and musicians who came to europe by way of bohemia, the area now known as the czech republic? our team also liked the idea of going to prague because it is a fairytale city untouched by wars. not to mention, both the photographer (david mushegain, who also shot our december book) and our creative director both lived in prague at earlier points in their lives, so they are familiar with the city.

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these beautiful photos were shot by our producer during their trip…more to come!

Riley -Jan 13, 2010, 10:56AM
These pictures are BEAUTIFUL!!!! I can't wait to look at the catalog!
angie -Jan 13, 2010, 9:46AM
I love Praha!!! I looked at the new catalogue briefly last night but it was not until this morning that I realized the photo's were shot in Prague. I honestly did not pay any attention to the background until I found a dress that I liked (the Hundred Spires Dress) and thought "wow that reminds me of Prague". I will keep this catalogue because it reminds me of my trip several years ago...Thanks Free People for bringing back great memories :-)

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such a great batch of photos from our facebook fans today…sporting fp in some beautiful locations!

tulum, mexico

el salvador

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about to explore a cave in mexico

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not positive where the last two were taken, let me know if they’re your photos!

fp julia -Jan 12, 2010, 9:39AM
hey miko! awesome, great photo :)
Casual Jackets -Jan 12, 2010, 4:48AM
I love the outfits here!

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our january catalog was shot in prague and it is beautiful!  i’m really excited about it, and i have tons of photos our team took while they were over there shooting that i’ll be sharing with you on the blog throughout the month!

here’s a preview of what you’ll see in the catalog…

you can also check out the whole thing online, here!

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“the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes”
- marcel proust

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tp -Jan 11, 2010, 2:02PM
another great quote!! thanks

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