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One of our creative’s put together a lovely snapshot of each girl that categorizes each of our trends. So now you can put a visual image to each name.The girls are all from past catalogs, which is even better!

I thought they were kinda cool and a good way to adapt to the looks in the future. So here you go. Maybe they’ll stick in your mind too.

Candy  = the lacey, pretty girl

Meadow = the bohemian girl

Ginger = the body con girl

Sandy  = the beach girl

Lou    = the boy girl

Which girl do you think you are?   

We’d love to know!

Jan -Dec 15, 2012, 8:57AM
Well categorized. I am Lau type.
Stefanie -May 17, 2012, 6:00PM
a combination of sandy and lou without a doubt!

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“My turquoise ring was made and purchased in my hometown…from the very rare star turquoise. I may have the only one of its kind.
The other is a wolf ring purchased in the company of my friend and co-worker kris chau whilst perusing the shops on chestnut st in philadelphia.
The silver buckle-y bracelet was a thrift shop find (also in philadelphia) thanks to the good eye of my friend kim williams.
The leather tooled bracelet and I love america bracelet are both from thrift shops? I think.
And my ribbon/braided bracelets are there because I am constantly wishing for peace on earth and endless love and I decided I needed to make them come true
By placing wishes on material things that will fall off and therefore render my dream true. Though if I just shared my dreams out loud, did I void them? “:(

J_me -Feb 26, 2010, 2:11PM
Love the turquoise ring!!
lizzy -Feb 26, 2010, 11:13AM
she doesnt't have eric's rings on cuz i took em all!!!!!

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i first heard about jewelry designer eric saeter when i spotted one of his rings on another fp girl and i instantly fell in love. now that we’re carrying a couple of his pieces i asked eric some questions about his work and inspiration. what did i learn? that in addition to making rad jewelry- he’s also just a really cool, nice guy.

how long have you been designing jewelry?
i began designing jewelry A/W 08/09. it was something i had always dreamt of doing; one of those ideas that kicks around until the day you say to yourself “so when is better than now?” and you do it. turns out the process is a natural extension of my love and work in the fields of fashion and art.

how did you begin designing jewelry?
frustrated by a lack of decent and/or imaginative men’s rings at the time — that is, rings over size 11 — i decided to do it right and do it myself. it was very inspiring to watch my work travel around the world to be worn by such different people in such wildly different contexts from my own. it was almost like vicarious experience. now i’m addicted!

can you briefly explain the casting process/how you make your pieces?
the process begins with an intuition for translating ideas to wearable shapes. i find that direct approach (grab a knife, start hackin!) facilitates better final product — where sketching and planning can hinder my creativity. i “invest” my model in a high-temperature plaster and heat it to temps into the thousands to burn out a cavity that is eventually replaced by silver or gold. i use both vacuum casting and centrifugal casting which suck or throw metal into the cavity, respectively. it takes a good day (or longer) to complete all of the steps of the casting process, and each step demands a precision i never had anticipated.

where do you draw inspiration for your work?
surrealism in cinema, in art, in literature. high fashion, penrose and aperiodic tiling, arabesques, rainforests, science, rococo. i come up with some designs as a symbol to supplant the lack of a place or feeling too distant or too difficult to immediately experience; a deep cave, a dream, the rainforest, historical events, a ritual. i want to extend people into these places with symbols that attach them to imagined spaces.

who are your heroes?
jean-luc godard, yves st laurent, vladamir nobokov, karl lagerfeld, gabriel garcia marquez, abdul mati klarwein, augustin lesage. there’s a revolving cast.

if you weren’t a designer, what would you do?
i would probably be painting and drawing more, as well as scavenging creative people to conceive fashion editorials with (for a long time i was photographing models). i would probably also still be modeling to fund my creative projects.

what are your favorite hobbies?
i like making things with my hands, drawing, finding fresh art and media. i love communicating with imaginative people, the further from reality the better. traveling is such a liberating activity that i wish i could say i did enough of. maybe i will try harder this year to do that. after all i never feel more at home than when i am a long way from familiar paths.

if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
one: a ring by yours truly — you never know when an un-contacted tribe could appear and eat you. leading researchers in this field suggest that my jewelry effortlessly implies one may be of heavenly origin. two: an awesome hand-crank wheatgrass machine. three: a seed bank. is that cheating? from there i could grow stuff to look at, grow stuff to chomp, and grow building materials also! bamboo viaduct! hello!?!?

the above images are from eric’s blog and tumblr, where he posts lots of really great inspirational stuff along with images of his work. and check out his mountain gold necklace and pyramids ring on our website!

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hey everyone! sorry for the delay in posting today… i spent the morning in the hospital with a broken ankle :( but that wont stop me from posting the thursday poll!

so last week i asked about some of our cute sandals and the results were very close between the tahoe bootie, mindy beaded, and folklore sandals, but the tahoe bootie sandal came out on top.  those are my favorite too! i think i definitely might have to get them.

this week i’ve been eyeing up our rompers, and i want to know which one you guys like best…

the crochet romper:

the cat and mouse romper:


the linen corset romper
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the lucky charm romper
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or we the free bookworm romper
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Vachon -May 28, 2010, 12:48PM
I was glad to read such information,Ulysses
Stacy -Mar 06, 2010, 2:43PM
I love those overalls.

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when i posted the photos yesterday of our chicago visual mit’s puppy wearing an fp scarf, a reader wrote in “ohhh polaroids. when will they be back?” funny you should ask…i just heard earlier this week that the impossible project (which has been working tirelessly to bring back production of polaroid film) has encountered some problems that are delaying the project’s timetable.  they were planning on holding a press conference this past monday to announce what the future holds for polaroid film, but that event has been postponed until march.  i will keep you all posted!

in the meantime, check out the impossible shop where you can still find rare analog polaroid products.

the above images are from the flickr group “save polaroid”, which consists of thousands of self-portraits sent in by polaroid film lovers in an attempt to save the special film.

alyssa -Feb 25, 2010, 5:06PM
i'm the employee who sent in those polaroids, i actually used the new fujifilm camera that can be purchased at urban outfitters, the polaroid film is about the size of a credit card and the film can also be purchased at urban! its totally available! as far as the old polaroid film goes, i miss it, but this keeps me happy in the meantime. :)
Arlie -Feb 25, 2010, 3:55PM
found this a few days ago.... not a huge fan of Gaga but Polaroid has a very smart marketing team :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTVLVoepKRM

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you may recognize these images from our first episode of home sweet home that was on the blog a little while back.  i came back to them recently and wanted to draw out a great decorating tip that might inspire your own efforts at home!

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in case you didn’t see it, another fp girl and I went to the home of our director of design and image and took a little tour of her home. one thing that really stood out to me about how her house was decorated was the use of pink tape all over!  it is such a cute idea and definitely adds that free people touch to a wall of photos that might otherwise look a little bit plain.

i love how it looks against that blue paint!

if any of you have fun, free people inspired decorating ideas, please do share :)

lisa -Feb 26, 2010, 9:35AM
that is such a cute idea! I love hangin pictures and doing cute stuff too.I'm moving so maybe i will try that also.Because i was using double sided tape such a cuter idea to use colored tape.Thanks
-Feb 25, 2010, 5:29PM
that's a really great idea. i have a big screaming bare wall that i have been trying to figure out what to do. love the pink, but love the scarf idea too! it will really add some color!

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i found this photography project the other day and it reminds me a lot of the WAFA mail art postcards i posted this morning so i thought it would make a cool DIY project for today! this is something that i definitely want to try- all you need is a camera and a friend!

every week, photographers ian land and caroline hancox each take a photograph and email it to each other.  they then create a diptych of the photos and display them on a website, taking turns deciding which photo goes on the left and which one goes on the right. to make things more interesting they live 114 miles apart, have never met and do not know what the other one has taken during the week.

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isn’t it weird how even though they aren’t planned, the photos end up looking really good side by side? or do i just think that because that’s the only way i’m seeing them?

regardless, it is such a fun project and a great way for them to collaborate and inspire each other through their work.  check out the website here.

this would be such a fun thing to do with a friend- especially one that lives far away! if any of you try it send me your photos :)

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postcard collages by wafa, an international artist collective that focuses on collaborative projects.  one artist creates something and mails it to another artist to finish, adding an element of surprise and randomness that i think is really interesting.

check out more of their stuff here…it’s pretty sweet.

oh and wafa stands for we are f—ing awesome :)

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how cute are these pics? they were sent to me by the visual mit at our chicago store, who says:

i went home recently and dressed my little yorkie-poo in a free people scarf, and he ran around in it for hours it was so comfy to him!

i love it! thanks for sharing :)

freeargentinian -Feb 24, 2010, 10:02AM
ohhh Polaroids. when will they be back? you should update on that!
Wrecked Stellar -Feb 24, 2010, 7:59AM
Too cute! I'd be running around too trying to show off my pretty, cozy scarf!

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Shelley -Feb 24, 2010, 12:11PM
I love that first shot, magical!
Lindsay -Feb 24, 2010, 11:56AM
The photo of the window sill reminds me of a shot I love from "The Virgin Suicides" which I was just re-watching http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_pjDTl8xJS5Y/SKTr4J2NjmI/AAAAAAAAAQA/ENfxlCjVX5M/s1600-h/333hoc2.jpg (not my blog)

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news came out last week that universal studios is finally moving forward with a biopic about kurt cobain, just days before what would have been his 43rd birthday (this past saturday).

who do you think should play him?

Mary Taylor -Mar 04, 2010, 2:19PM
Hands down Joe Anderson. It was said earlier, but it can't be said enough. He was in Across The Universe and even did a movie called "The 27 Club" I most definitely think he can handle the intensity of the role, he looks and sounds identical to Kurt, it's almost scary. Michael Pitt played a roll similar to Kurt in Gus Van Sant's "Last Days." He doesn't look like Kurt but can handle dark characters better than any other actor I know, and he's not mainstream which would be key for this movie. You can't have someone with a status like Brad Pitt's playing Kurt Cobain or it will not tribute him the way he deserves. But my vote is for Joe Anderson. If he doesn't take the role, I don't know who else would.
chantel -Feb 25, 2010, 11:26PM
WOW, my heart sinks..that's a lovely picture of him. He was such an amazing artist. I don't know who should play him. Honestly no one compares.

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