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a couple of people have recommended the tallest man on earth to me, but i only just recently started listening to his music. the tallest man on earth is swedish folk musician kristian mattson, who has one of those voices that doesn’t initially strike you as beautiful, but with the guitar and his songwriting he soon wins you over. he definitely brings to mind bob dylan, and i also hear a little nick drake influence in there as well.  what i love though is that it’s unlike anything i’ve heard in a long time. take a listen to some of his songs below and let me know what you think!

these pics fit right in with our equestrian dreams theme too, huh :)

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hayley -Nov 11, 2010, 9:25PM
on a side note, every time his song "king of spain" comes on in the store (i work at the u-village location) i do a little dance of joy. haha
hayley -Nov 11, 2010, 9:22PM
ah! i've been a huge fan of matsson's for a long time now and he never ceases to amaze me. i had the pleasure of seeing him with a crowd of only 30 max... it was seriously one of the most mind blowing experiences i have ever had. his music is ridiculously beautiful. love love love him.

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She rides like a frontier… lady like and romantic she aims for the sunset, the dusk glow casts a story over her Victorian ruffles.
Her silhouette is striking, riding pants, layered maxi skirts and leather waisted belts. She becomes a rider of romance with power in her eyes. Read more »

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“i used to admire believers”, tomas continued. “i thought they had an odd transcendental way of perceiving things which was closed to me. like clairvoyants, you might say.”

“it is completely selfless love: tereza did not want anything of karenin; she did not ever ask him to love her back. nor has she ever asked herself the questions that plague human couples: does he love me? does he love anybody more than me? does he love me more than i love him? perhaps all the questions we ask of love, to measure, test, probe, and save it, have the additional effect of cutting it short. perhaps the reason we are unable to love is that we yearn to be loved, that is, we demand something (love) from our partner instead of delivering ourselves to him demand-free and asking for nothing but his company.”


“what about the country…we’d be alone there. the people there are different. and we’d be getting back to nature.  nature is the same as it always was.”

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“missions are stupid, tereza. i have no mission, no one has. and it’s a a terrific relief to realize you’re free, free of all missions.”

“we all need someone to look at us. we can be divided into four categories according to the kind of look we wish to live under:”


“the first category longs for the look of an infinite number of anonymous eyes, in other words, for the look of the public. that is the case with the german singer, the american actress.”


“the second category is made up of people who have a vital need to be looked at by many known eyes.  they are the tireless hosts of cocktail parties and dinners.”


“then there is the third category, the category of people who need to be constantly before the eyes of the person they love.”


and finally there is the fourth category, the rarest, the category of people who live in the imaginary eyes of those who are not present.  they are the dreamers.”

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i really enjoyed reading this book – i think kundera has a beautiful way with words and some great insight into the human pursuit of happiness and that ever elusive “lightness.” those of you who read it, what did you think?

Catalina -Nov 19, 2010, 7:16AM
the film is wonderful as well :)
Britt -Nov 15, 2010, 4:52PM
Just finished the book in two sittings, absolutely loved it. So many memorable quotes and the story telling was incredible. I, too, had a deep appreciation for the chapter on animals. Kundera took the words right out of my mouth. The last chapter also had me crying! Thank you so much for recommeding this book, I look forward to what you suggest next!!

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As shown by Rumi from Fashion Toast and Natalie from Natalie Off Duty

Supergirl -Nov 10, 2010, 10:20PM
i really love this attractive style! Who took the pictures? what camera was used? Technology is really good!
Fp Jemma -Nov 09, 2010, 2:49PM
totally up to you... whatever feels comfortable :) I wouldn't personally.

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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!


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:


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


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 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!


and hugs for one of our designers :)


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


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


what, no more treats?


checkin’ out some clothing samples…


taking five with another fp girl.


waiting for the elevator


testing a chair in the lobby


oh hey jemma!


and off down the hallway!




it’s ok, i still love you.


seein’ what’s going on outside


posing in front of the bamboo


is that a real grizzly bear?


nah, it’s just toby!


time to go back to mom…


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:

doub records

and our videographer:




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


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…


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:


and next the directions in lace maxi slip:





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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