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Here’s a bit of insight into one of our Exclusive Brands!!!
Fp One is a very inspiring ‘Gem’ within the Free People community. I chatted with the brains behind the Fp One brand on the phone the other day, about how this label came about and couldn’t help but be slightly overwhelmed by her tales and experiences.
The designer for Fp One has lived in India for 20 years. Whilst visiting, she became intrigued and inspired by how these beautiful Indian workers, worked so effectively from their homes using traditional hand crafted techniques. She found herself joining these workers and getting involved in the process alongside them “ It was very hands on, and became very effective with the design process” She helped them make traditional techniques modern, to create items that now contribute to Free people’s top sellers!
The design details used on the Fp One garments are ideas that came from the design elements in the Free People stores like the Hangers, Curtains, Cushion covers and the mannequins. The designer for Fp One would play around with found fabrics that were easy and accessible to obtain, to create one-of-a kind fashion pieces with amazing character to them. You’ll find that most of the Fp One items are never the same as another in its style group.
With the crinkle items that are doing well for us at the moment a technique is used that has been inhabited by the Indian workers for over 100 years, it’s a traditional technique made effective.
When the Fp One designer finds fabrics that are great she likes to push them to the best of their ability. Say for instance the Muslin Voile fabric that is used for the shopper bag in stores – it is also used for the ‘ends in sequins dress’ and the ‘petticoat dress’ featured on the front cover of the March Catalog – yep the same fabric can you believe it.
The Fp one items have a huge exclusivity appeal about them, just like vintage items do. I love how crafted each one is, the raw-ness of them and the delicate nature they have.
They are precious in more ways than one!
i really love rompers right now. i definitely want to get a couple and will probably live in them all summer! i was thinking about these special pieces and wondering about when they first came to be… thought i’d share the little history with you.
rompers first became popular in the 1950s as beach/lounge wear! as the trend caught on, designers dressed them up a little so they could also be worn in more formal occasions too.
now, they’re everything from cute, casual, dressy, beachy, and everything in between.
they’re just a great look – and another reason i cannot wait for spring :)
check out our rompers here.
how is everyone’s day going so far? ready for the thursday poll?
last week i asked about our rompers and we came extremely close to having a tie for the winner! the linen corset romper got 249 votes, and was just beat out by the we the free bookworm romper, which got 253 votes!
this week i’m really loving all the feather accessories we have in – they add such a natural, free-spirited touch to an outfit. which do you like best?
i love them all! those sienna earrings are making me actually consider getting my ears pierced… now vote away!
Free People is looking for a Web Production Assistant to manage content for our web site!
This position straddles both technical and merchandising sides of the site. Duties will include coordinating information from the buying team to put new products live on the site, as well as photo editing, copy writing, and other general duties related to the maintenance of content on the site. The ideal candidate will be very web savvy, enthusiastic about fashion and the Free People brand, be able to work independently in a fast-paced environment coordinating between different teams, and bring a positive and collaborative energy to the group.
Required Skills include:
- Photoshop photo editing
- HTML experience
- Understanding of how web sites are constructed
- Excellent trouble-shooting and critical thinking skills
- General knowledge of the fashion industry
- Basic copy writing skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication
- Excellent organizational skills
- Microsoft Office Suite (especially Excel)
- Expertise in the Mac platform
if this sounds like you, apply online here!
we just got a new copy machine at the home office, and we had training today to learn how to use it – and one of our fp girls snapped these cute photos!
this is the instructor, alberto, who was very nice and very into copiers!
that is one nice looking copier! hehe…
looks like some people enjoyed the training, and some were a little tired… it must have been pretty early in the morning ;)
yes it’s another dresser idea but i wanted to share this today too because i think its such a unique, cool idea.
if you happen to have a really old beat up dresser that you don’t use, take out the drawers and paint them a a bright color, line them with some cool wallpaper and turn it into a sweet-looking shelf!
i think this would look awesome if you used some old vintage wallpaper like these…
so what do you guys think, would you try one of these ideas on your dresser?
this is such an amazing idea – i saw it on design*sponge a while ago and i’ve always thought about doing it, except i don’t have a dresser like that :) the flowers remind me so much of our one of a kind vintage flower necklace!
for their tutorial, they used some vintage brooches found on ebay, removed the backs and glued screws on. check out the full tutorial here!
such a great way to give your dresser a little free people touch :)
one of our readers, jessica, makes these adorable hand-knit coffee cup cozies with decorative felt flowers- a cute and eco-friendly alternative to disposable paper sleeves. nice work!
check out more cozies in jessica’s etsy shop.
I got shown this book today “I Wish I Worked There!” It’s a very cool book by Kursty Groves co founder of Headspace and www.spacehopper.com and Will Knight the founder of Brew, a London and New York based creative collective.
The book reveals some of the world’s most inspiring workplaces and we are in there!
Here’s an excerpt
“An environment that appeals to their imagination and encourages them to explore…
“The Philosophy has fuelled a multitude of creative solutions and whimsical additions to the working environment over and above the restoration and preservation of the buildings themselves. An acid bath is transformed into a fern garden, former wood columns become grand staircases, and an abandoned decompression chamber has a new life as a sculptural piece between buildings”
This book is great – Google’s and Innocent work space looks pretty fun too, but i think we give them a run for their money!
following my spring playlist…i want to be sitting on a beach right now, with one of these. it’s so close i can taste it…
-2 cups honey dew melon
-1 cup watermelon
-10 ice cubes
place all said ingredients into a blender. blend the ingredients until the ice is thoroughly ground up.
prep-time: 5 minutes yields: 2-3 servings
well everyone, march is finally here- which means spring officially starts this month! i am so ready for warmth and sunshine and leaves and flowers…and in that spirit, i made a little mix of music that feels happy and springlike and is brightening my spirits a little bit. hope you like it!