sooooo…i’m well aware of the holiday rush. it’s pretty hard to ignore. i’ve already started scanning the web in hopes of sparking a creative idea for gifts to family and friends… which is why i wanted to make myself and the free people home office at your disposal this year for all sorts of tips, suggestions, and advice during the holidays. i’ll be using twitter to post cool holiday gift ideas, recipes, fashion advice, and general inspiration to make this holiday unique.
come find me here…and get started by downloading our 2009 holiday card! click on the image above to go to our flickr page where you can download the card.
happy holidays!

gi -Nov 29, 2009, 9:23PM
i love kris chau!! thanks for reminding me to gift some artist prints this season

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this is from a few years ago but it’s pretty funny/interesting…
apparently, the person responsible for photocopying for a penn psychology 101 class took the liberty of adding the instructions “draw a turkey” to the last page, and the results were scanned and posted on flickr.
here are some of my favorites:

and here are some numbers from the results:
9 hungry folks drew a cooked butterball turkey
5 had their turkey saying “eat me!” … but 6 had the turkey protest “don’t eat me!”
17 turkeys were gobble, gobble-ing
21 wished a happy thanksgiving
8 wore a hat
6 found themselves with a few more legs than you might expect
108 were “left handed” … 72 were “right handed” … although I counted freehand-drawn hands too, and wasn’t very exact about how I chose some of the blobbier ones.
click here to see them all.
hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday :)

some of the things we’re thankful for here at the home office :)

what are you thankful for this year?

rawlyn -Nov 30, 2009, 11:31PM
i am thankful for whoever did that murr-kitty...
Eila Vainikka -Nov 26, 2009, 10:40AM
I am thankful for the life.

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we have added 42 more countries to the list that we ship to! there are several new additions in asia and the caribbean, as well as some in the middle east and africa…to view the full list of countries we ship to, or to shop in your country’s currency, click here!
for more info on international shipping click here.

gentle beast

is that a lion? in the home office?

no, it’s just logan…rocking an awesome shave job :)

Annaliese -Mar 24, 2010, 5:59PM
aww he really does look like a lion, but as soft as butter
Alina Reznik -Nov 28, 2009, 11:24AM
he is beautiful! :)

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recycled scarves

our direct operations coordinator makes these amazing one-of-a-kind scarves out of loops of recycled fabric that she gets from old clothing. i love the color combinations that she comes up with! i also love that the scarves can be worn in a couple of different ways, as seen in the photos below. these would be such a cool handmade gift for friends and family as winter approaches!
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and if you don’t feel like making your own, you can find them on her etsy site, here :)

sheinside -Apr 24, 2011, 11:17PM
Great, i really like.
lj -Mar 10, 2010, 8:14PM
Can we order specific colors and lengths?

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this friday, november 27, is the deadline to sign up for the holiday craft swap! all you have to do is click here and fill out the form to sign up…for more info on the craft swap, click here.
thanks so much to everyone who signed up so far, we’ve had a great turnout!

Liz -Nov 28, 2009, 11:31PM
oh! the snowflake ornament on the top right is the one i made for last year's swap! :]
Beary -Nov 27, 2009, 11:21AM
Wow! This is so awesome! I'm super excited

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this video is so cute…one of our home office team members was visiting india and and some of our co-workers from the visual team helped to make her arrival a memorable one…

song is “jai ho” from the slumdog millionaire soundtrack.

Natalie -Nov 25, 2009, 1:11AM
SO CUTE! and i love that song from slumdog!! :))) xoxo natalieoffduty.blogspot.com
Fiona -Nov 24, 2009, 10:39PM
Hi there! Just thought I'd share this link of super amazing furniture I just found with the blog because it reminded me of FP right away. :) Hope you like it! http://www.squintlimited.com/

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one of our visual display artists shared these photos from india that are inspiring our spring and summer store displays (which they are already working on!) …aren’t they cool? and if you’re wondering what that car is all about, stay tuned for another post momentarily that will explain :)

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fpjulia -Dec 01, 2009, 3:50PM
hi tina- yes, it is the fp one chiffon dress that we had in stores over the summer. wholesale actually did a new version that is available in stores and online now :)
tina Thorndycraft -Nov 29, 2009, 2:05AM
I love the blue shawl wrap she is wearing. Is this piece from the FP line?

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we surprised our office coordinator with a little birthday celebration this morning…it was quite a spread- coffee, cupcakes, donuts and lots of flowers…

i apologize for the blurriness of the above pic, but that’s the birthday girl in the black…and you can see that her face turned bright red when she walked in :)
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how cute are those cupcakes?
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bora bora

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as part of our online holiday boutique we are featuring eight amazing jewelry artists who we love here at free people, and i thought you might like to know their stories. we’ll start with bora…

we have worked with bora for years, and we love his unique jewelry and his ability to think outside of the box. born in turkey, bora’s immersion in mediterranean culture is one of the many things that inspires the jewelry he makes today. his dream was to be a musician, but his creativity and imagination led him towards jewelry design. with the help of his engineering background, he is able to carefully craft designs with close attention to detail and dimensions. his favorite material to “play” with is copper because he appreciates the historic quality of the metal. the best thing about his pieces is that they’re an abstract and interesting addition to any look.
check out our selection of jewelery by bora here.

Jassica Marshal -Nov 25, 2009, 12:55AM
its just beautiful kind of master piece as you have mentioned in the post its really cool i can say that the prestigious turkey culture can be seen in the ring design cool master piece

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tunesday

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they already released one of the year’s best albums (in my opinion) merriweather post pavilion, and they toured all spring and summer, so when exactly did animal collective find the time to record a new EP? fall be kind comes out digitally today, and the album will be available in stores on december 15th. granted its only five songs, but they’re really good songs…including “graze,” which they’ve been playing live on tour for a while now, and “what would i want? sky,” which is actually the first song ever to legally sample the grateful dead. hard to believe, but true. listen to the song above…give it a second to get going. i haven’t been able to stop listening to it. the band describes the ep as having a somewhat darker sound, and they specifically wanted to release it in the fall because it felt appropriate.
band member dave porter (a.k.a. avey tare) explains, “the title is kind of a play on “fall behind,” when you move the clocks back. everything seems to be very seasonal or weather-oriented for us this year. i wanted to keep it a little bit in line with that. it felt like merriweather post pavilion was really springy or summery. we always try and push for our releases to come out at a specific time…. we even wondered if all these songs feel like a bunch of leftover songs, but i think they definitely do fit together in a sweet way. i guess because i associate fall with halloween, which is my favorite holiday. it just has that feeling, too. i really like autumn; i don’t necessarily feel like it’s a dark season or anything. the transitional seasons are usually my favorite.”
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fall be kind album artwork

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