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we’ve got two new stores coming your way! they will both open in mid march and we are looking for managers and assistant managers.  click on the images for more info and to apply!

Scarlett -Jan 08, 2011, 4:12AM
There needs to be a free people store in Santa Cruz
Handcrafted Silver Jewelry -Jan 06, 2011, 8:50PM
Wow that was odd. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't appear. Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

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i am very excited to announce our next book club read – just kids by patti smith! a couple of you recommended this book but it was literally yesterday during a conversation with our videographer that we chose it.   here is what she had to say about it…

i’d heard friends talking about patti’s book and how powerful/inspiring/mesmerizing it was…
coincidentally i got tickets to see her play in new york for the new year.
i’m not much of a reader anymore, but…
i started the book on sunday – after seeing her perform which was downright amazing – and stayed up til 1am tuesday to finish it.
i don’t even feel like i can conjure up words to say what she’s already said – though when i read the last page, i texted my good friend,
feeling compelled to say “good lord, there’s good work to be done.”
i haven’t been so moved by a book in maybe…ever.
you’ll want to throw away all of your fears and reservations and excuses and go for it –
it being whatever the heck you want your life to be.

ok sign me up! i can’t wait to start reading it.  i’ll give you all a week or so to get started and then i’ll start posting about it. in the meantime, here are some images of the impossibly cool patti smith.





Abercrombie -Jan 10, 2011, 10:07AM
I'm reading it as well, i'd love to meet her in person.
The Animated Woman -Jan 09, 2011, 4:12PM
I'm reading this book now and loving the space between the words. I feel like I'm home.

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i am so inspired by this story and artwork sent in from reader keely, from savannah, georgia.  a college student who paints on the side, she was inspired by one of our summer display bikes to create jewelry out of wood, hemp, floss thread, scrapbook paper, fabric and free people catalogs!

it was this bike – specifically the wheels – that sparked her inspiration:

and here’s a look at the jewelry she created:


here are some of her paintings, which she creates using mixed media such as fabric, paper, glitter and acrylic paint.  i love how colorful and cheerful they are:


Tee pee-N-feathers


Dream VW van

finally, i had to share this photo of her christmas tree, decorated with all DIY ornaments!


now that’s a free people tree if i ever saw one :)

check out more of her work here. thanks so much for sharing, keely!

moviemaker -Jan 27, 2011, 10:04PM
They are really beautiful pictures, now my country's spring festival is coming, later, I will share some good pictures with you.
mariana -Jan 07, 2011, 7:01PM
i paint too! and my tecnique is similar i would like to share :)

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our graphic designers have made a new downloadable/printable calendar for 2011!

i can’t stop looking at it, they did such a beautiful job and have captured the mood of each month perfectly.

click here to go to our flickr page and download the large size – they made two versions, one for regular screens and one for wide screens :) enjoy and happy new year!

Rebekah -Jan 31, 2011, 5:57PM
I need the February 2011 image. Tomorrow is the first! I love them! Don't let me down.
La Lingerie -Jan 05, 2011, 8:38AM
Nice Blog.!! This is my first time to visit your blog and I would say you share nice information.You definitely do research and write very well.

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amazing images found here; quote added by me.

Eva -Jan 03, 2011, 7:24PM
So true! Love all these positive words. Thanks Free People!!

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the new year sunrise carries corals, taupes, pinks through the sky…

love this pretty artwork our graphic designers made! click on the image to download the large size in flickr. happy 2011!

sharah -Feb 11, 2011, 7:17PM
i am obsessed with this post. beautiful. and i love how its named by a national quote. <3
Song Anh -Jan 02, 2011, 6:48PM
This is such a creative look for your site! I'm a watercolor fanatic and seeing how it can be incorporated to a layout is really neat! What a creative team you all are!

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happy new year!

click on images for sources.

Jordan Tiberio -Jan 25, 2011, 9:51PM
I have gotten so many views on my flickr ever since you guys posted my firework photograph! :) Haha, thank you!
Gianna -Jan 03, 2011, 1:28AM
If anyone knows where to get some crystals like that PLEASE fill me in. I would love to have a bowl of those!

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don’t worry, he got a treat for being so good :)


Laura -Jan 03, 2011, 4:06PM
What kind of jeans is the girl in the black turtle/cowlneck wearing? Thanks!
fp julia -Jan 03, 2011, 2:14PM
hey guys! the boots are by pajar, its a canadian brand :)

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at all the amazing things that happened this year…

we moved into our sweet new digs!


our catalog team traveled to some amazing locations.


us bloggers did some traveling too :)



we introduced you all to the five fp girls!


and to our new lines, vintage loves and wee people.


we went crazy for hair trends! the fishtail braid, rainbow extensions, feather extensions, dip dying, we tried it all!


and fell in love with fashion trends like clogs, bodycons, mixed prints, 70s groupie, underwear as outerwear, old west and crochet.


we got to meet and work with some awesome bloggers – much love to rumi, natalie, georgia, dylana, chantal and gemma!


we opened some new stores…


and our display team made them all look amazing.


and we made some new furry friends!


…can’t wait to see what 2011 will bring!

Emily -Dec 31, 2010, 1:23PM
Yay, Lily!! ...and all of our other furry friends, too :-)
Anna Clare Culp -Dec 31, 2010, 9:51AM
This is a really great collection of all these wonderful things that happened with fp for 2010. I'm very excited for everything fp has done and how fast it's growing! It is such a great company and yall have done beyond a wonderful job, and I know it will continue into 2011!! Congratulations! Happy New Year!!

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good morning, time for the final thursday poll of 2010! so for christmas i got a free people gift card and i think i might use it to buy a dress for new years eve… we’ve got some really cute variations on the little black dress – which of these is your favorite?

the solid velvet bodycon slip:

the x axis dress:

the fp-1 prairie sunrise knit dress:
fp one prairie sunrise

the pinwheel bodycon dress:
pinwheel bodycon

or the viscose voile slip:
viscose voile

vote away!

and here are your results from last week – close one!

Lauren -Dec 30, 2010, 9:44AM
I can't believe the last dress has no votes yet! I like this one second best to the X axis dress. . .but apparently these are unpopular choices thus far! - Lauren Ladaisi Blog

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hey do you guys remember our concept intern anastasiya? she’s interning for us again during her winter break, and i wanted to share these dreamy collages she made in polyvore. the images she puts together and her writing are always so inspiring!

new romantic

sweeping tulle caresses the skin on her legs as a childlike wonder guides her through the rustic scene. at the far corner of the field glimmer apple trees of a distant orchard. she picks up the hem of her maxi skirt, cradling the ivory mesh between her fingertips, and sets on towards her new destination. bathed in a palette of nudes, burnt sienna, and myrtle, she feigns camouflage and imagines she is of the land.

picking sea shells on the surf

the water dances around her bare ankles as she tiptoes through the sun bleached sand. draped across her frame in soothing shades of coral and mint that reflect the oceanic scene, loose dresses bathe the free people girl in comfort, each fiber tickling her skin. she gently plucks each shell from its bed of sand and muses upon it for a moment, then tucks it into the glistening satchel suspended from her wrist where it settles amid her existing treasures.

snow treader

bursts of color fuse in the intergalactic sky, painting a warm glow over the snow covered field on which she walks. feet snug in her weathered boots, she treads on in the spell of the dewy night, dissolving the snow to sunken footprints that glisten in her wake.

when night falls

when night falls, her wardrobe mimics the moody saturation of the sky. deep jewel tones and dense black slather her skin. the romantic lace and vintage embroidery is protected from the night with buckles and sharp victorian elements from the things she carries.

on the road

the road shrinks in her rearview mirror as the distant call of the west pulls her forward towards new horizons. soft knits cradle her skin, a comfort she cherishes in the midst of the constant change. as she drives, the soft western trinkets cascading from her wrists sound against the steering wheel, filling her mind with images of the landscapes that will soon be hers.

check us out on polyvore, here!

Nettie -Jul 03, 2011, 9:15AM
A wonderful job. Super helpful ifonmration.
fp julia -Jan 03, 2011, 12:00PM
here are the couches!

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you’ve all probably seen an image of photos arranged in a heart shape before… i know it’s been done. i found this one particularly sweet though – i like how it consists of all images of deer. and it got me thinking about other variations you could try this with. i have this one wall in my apartment with nothing on it, so i think i might do something like this but i can’t decide what!

my first inclination was to make a collage of my favorite photos of various places i’ve been… but then i thought this might be a really fun project for the new year – making a collage of photos from the past year. i decided to try it out at work today using some of my favorite images from our 2010 catalogs!


it was really cool just looking back through this year’s catalogs and tearing out my favorite images.  i feel like they just kept getting better and better this year –  i didn’t think our team could top the august catalog shot in the desert in morocco, but then i saw september and fell in love.  and wait till you guys see our january 2011 book – it’s breathtaking.


i don’t know if there’s a certain way to do this that’s easiest, but i started in the middle. it was a little tricky because my images were all different sizes.  i wanted the camel image to be at the center because i love it,  then i just worked around it, using different image sizes and rearranging them until they formed a heart.




i really like how it came out!

top image source.

Punchup At A Wedding -Jul 20, 2012, 6:01PM
Hey, I'm also working on a collage. I'm so fan on Free People and I would love to complete my collage with various amazing images from Free People catalogues. But there is no shop in France and no stockist. Please could you tell me how I could get some past issues? Thanks for caring x
FP Fan -Dec 31, 2010, 12:44PM
Ah! I've been working on an ongoing collage for a while now made from Free People catalogues. I will send a picture when it's done.

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