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as a vegetarian, i often find myself in a bit of a conundrum when it comes to some clothing. i love the look and feel of leather jackets, and lately i’ve been thinking about purchasing one, but a part of me always feels guilty. am i a true vegetarian if i wear a leather jacket? is that hypocritical? sure i could buy a fake leather jacket…but they never seem to look as cool as the real ones.

the battalion has come along and solved my problem, by creating “vegan” leather pants and jackets that look just as good as, or better than, the real thing. i decided to find out a little bit more about the company and wow…i am in love.

the battalion specializes in knits and woven fabrics that are eco-friendly, primarily rayon, bamboo, organic cotton, promodal, recycled polyester, veggie fur, veggie leather, and cruelty free “peace” silk.

here’s a brief interview with battalion founder linda wong!

What inspired you to start the battalion?

I see clothes as something more than adornment of oneself but as the foundation of one’s creativity and personal expression.  I started The Battalion as a vehicle to communicate that vision.

Have you always been passionate about fashion and designing? How would you describe your personal style?

My first love is drawing and creating.  As I acquired the technical skills of clothes making, I fell in love with fashion design. My style is exactly like how I design.  It has to be comfortable but not boring.  It is relevant to popular and sub cultures, and full of narratives

What environmental issue are you most passionate about?

The Battalion is a member of The Nature Conservancy and 1% for the Planet.  We are passionate about preserving nature.  We also recognize that in order to make a fundamental difference with environmental issues, we have to encourage the right environmental policies to be in place.  We mobilize our fans via twitter, facebook to get out the vote for all issues that will better our environment.  Lastly and most importantly, we are promoting the benefits of wearing faux fur.  It is not only ethical, but it is more beautiful and alluring to wear something where no animals were hurt in the process.

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I read that the inspiration for the AW10 collection is landscape, desert and a wolf named Indio. Can you explain this a little bit more?

Years ago, my design partner worked in the costume department of one of Wim Wenders movies.  His movies were known for it’s beautiful imageries of Americana.  Recently I found a road atlas he left behind with detailed notes of routes he had taken during the scout.   So we went on a road trip, following the routes from Los Angeles, to Palm Desert, through Las Vegas, up to Monument Valley in Utah and down to Sedona, Arizona.   The collection is the reflection of our epic trip.  And yes, we met a wolf name Indio in the desert whom inspired our expanded faux fur collection.

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What’s next for the battalion? Is there anything you can share that you’re working on now and are really excited about?

For Spring 2011 we have some beautiful hand crochet pieces that are made in a very new way.  Instead if using yarns, we crochet our ultra soft and light weight jersey fabrics.

The results are beautiful and delicate looking tops and dresses with self-crochet details. We are also making new versions of our best seller, The Battalion knit pants with buckle trims, motorcycle details, and some secret ingredients.  More to come!

view the battalion items available at freepeople.com here.

thank you linda!

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diana -Nov 12, 2010, 1:02PM
wow, this is great, I am also a vegetarian and I have the same problem as u, I just love the way lether looks and feels but I feel guilty every time I even think of purchasing such an item and this is just the fix for me, what an inspirational post:)

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i’m normally not a big heels person but we have some amazing party shoes right now that i would absolutely wear if i could walk in them… which ones do you like best?

the velvet crusher peeptoe:

the sicily lace up heels:
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the foxy fabric platform:
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or the victorian lace ankle bootie:
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last week’s party lookbook poll had a huge turnout- i think the largest for any thursday poll! it was close between looks three and five, but five took it with 25% – i wonder if the cute pup had something to do with it? :)

kat -Nov 11, 2010, 10:17PM
seriously to die for.
Tiffany -Nov 11, 2010, 4:14PM
Love them all!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XOXO, http://outfitidentifier.com/

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one of our interns from the summer (in the blue shirt and floppy hat) has done some modeling for us, and she was in the studio last week to do some special shots for our website. she asked her college roommate to come along and we just so happened to be doing a how to style session and thought… why not use both of them? they looked adorable and had such great energy together :) here they are showing different ways to wear the directions in lace maxi slip!

left: here the lace slip is worn over top of the point d’esprit maxi slip, with the familiar chambray shirt and disordered fur vest over top. accessorized with the janis brimmed wool tall hat (which our stylists added some feathers to – i love!), sullivan suede belt and roper field boot.

right: for a more “lou” look, pair the skirt with a plaid shirt and some stripes tied around the waist for an added clash.  she’s also wearing the thriller moto boot and slouchy beanie. pile on some cuffs on the wrists to toughen up the look!

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left: the lace maxi is worn over top of the patterned diamonds dress, accessorized with the beaded beanie, vintage obi belt and fatale platform boots.

right: you can never have too much lace! pair the maxi with the lace mock neck top and treasured days cardigan, with the lacey layering skort under the slip. she’s also wearing the sovereign crystal pendant. boots coming soon.

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here the slip is again worn over the point d’espirit maxi slip, with the seamless tupelo honey top and fp one season’s sparkle bralette, topped off with the fp one shimmers of holiday vest. she’s also wearing the lennon topper hat, sullivan suede belt, all dolled up anklet and solvang clog.

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and last but not least, the slip looks amazing as a dress! worn here over top of a seamless tube, with the twisted in chains necklace, adjustable admiral belt and velvet crusher peeptoe.

can you believe these girls aren’t real models? they look gorgeous!

karen -Nov 15, 2010, 10:34AM
the skirt aside which is fabulous, btw!~you are right- these gals are 2CUTE4 words! they've got it all goin' on there- tell them they should quit their day jobs!
Sarah -Nov 15, 2010, 9:41AM
oh! I really love the last look! Great how versatile this skirt is!

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I’m loving this trend right now. It’s perfect for crispy Fall days, over the knee riding boots, plaid shirts and knitted fitted jackets; I like the idea of smartening it up with velvet jackets and ruffle skirts in lace and paisley prints.

Now all I need is a horse!

Deb Siemens -Nov 11, 2010, 12:19PM
Veddy Cute!
fp julia -Nov 11, 2010, 12:04PM
i love this post!

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Post image for november catalog chapter four: wee people

chapter four of our november catalog features our new line for little girls, wee people! as mentioned, this line is the baby of our director of design, who wanted to create a line of clothing for her daughter with free people’s unique aesthetic.  her daughter was her muse, and is also one of the models in our catalog. Read more »

Cath -Sep 14, 2011, 12:03AM
oh my Freda is so precious. It is very refreshing to see little girls clothing on little girls and not teen clothing sized down. Kudos to all of you for helping to preserve a child's innocence. Can't wait to be gainfully employed again so my grand magnificents (aka our grand children)can wear wee people fashions.
Noelle -Jan 07, 2011, 6:04AM
Hi! I am a student in fashion design at Parsons in NYC, graduating this May, and I love love love your Wee People collection! I have been a fan of Free People since the day I first set foot in one of your shops and it has been my dream to design for you! You can imagine how excited I was-- as I happen to be specializing in children's wear!-- when I saw my favorite brand came out with a children's line! I was wondering if there was anyone I could contact from the Wee People design department to submit my resume and portfolio to? I would really love to be a part of the team!

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wednes-diy

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if you’ve been on our website lately you may have noticed these really cute little hand drawn frames that our graphic designers did. i love how they look, and then today i saw this post on design sponge and i was inspired! these hand drawn frames are a cute and cheap alternative to the real thing.

what you need: scissors, a glue stick, a black pen, paper and cardboard or a thicker type of paper (i used a manila folder).

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i glued a piece of paper to the manila folder – this will be the frame – so it would be a little sturdier.  take another piece of paper and fold it in half, then fold in half again, as pictured on the right. this is what you’ll use to make the frame shape.

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the frame can be any shape you want – i wanted it to be round, so i used a paper plate and traced the edges onto the folded paper, about an inch or so apart.

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cut along the black lines and unfold the paper to reveal the frame shape.  tape it to the manila folder, or whatever you use, and cut around it so you’re left with your frame.

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now for the fun part! put on some music and start doodling.

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i used it to frame an image from our catalog and i think it looks really cute! i definitely want to experiment with this some more though – i think it would be really fun to do for christmas cards :)

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http://kylethereporter.com/ -Sep 04, 2014, 11:54PM
Thanks for finally talking about >wednes-diy <Loved it!
e cigarette -Nov 21, 2012, 4:22AM
ok, it is v nice, thanks

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Tammy -Nov 10, 2010, 5:49PM
Oh my, those trims! Why do I have to be so far away? :o( Trimmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmms!
Lyd -Nov 10, 2010, 4:50PM
This looks so cute and fun !

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time to win your wishlist!!!

click on the image above to enter and for more info. good luck!

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one of our fans reached out to us on facebook to share her connection with free people, and had this to say:

“I just wanted  to say that I personally love the free people philosophies. Not many clothing  brands tend to inspire you as a “person” but free people does a great job at  inspiring their consumers, daily. Through the art and photography in the  catalogs, to the clothing materials themselves, they allow you to DREAM to be the person you feel you are to be, without restraint, without holding back, to have the FREEdom to be who you are, and for that to be a beautiful thing. To live and love in the moment. To dare to be more with your life and to not worry about what others may perceive. Be you, be beautiful (that is  my personal motto) and I believe free people does a wonderful job capturing that specific essence. Great job. Much love,  Candice.”

that is what it’s all about! thank you for the inspiring words, candice, it means so much to us. xoxo.

sherri -Jan 01, 2013, 4:53PM
I actually follow this girl's blog and I noticed the link above for her blog and it's not correct, her blog is http://alisvolatpropriisalways.tumblr.com/
karin -Nov 11, 2010, 1:55PM
i looked her up on facebook, and yes she does have a blog, its worldupsidedown.tumblr.com & her name is candice devan chumley for facebook. i looked up the comment post on fb on fp haha

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we have stores opening in the following locations in 2011 and are looking to fill all positions!

coming to city centre in january 2011!
to view open positions in houston and to apply, click here.

coming to the village at corte madera in march 2011!
to view open positions  in corte madera and to apply, click here.

sanjose

coming to santana row in march 2011!
to view open positions in san jose and to apply, click here.

Felicia -Nov 10, 2010, 3:36AM
I'm dying for you to open a store in South Florida! Pretty please and thank you :)
Britt -Nov 09, 2010, 11:30PM
Atlanta!!! :)

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tunesday

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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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