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lizzy janssen is an amazing artist, has great style, and is just an awesome person- so its no surprise that her home (in fishtown, philadelphia) is a reflection of all those things. lizzy describes it as somewhere in the early american, meets 1950’s housewife, meets mid-century modern neighborhood :) another fun fact – it was designed by our creative director, who lives here!
i’m completely in love with her place…the exposed brick, the spiral staircase, the amazing bathroom and her adorable cat arlo in the above picture (named after arlo guthrie).
most of the stuff lizzy has decorated her place with – the furniture, paintings and figurines – was found at thrift stores, garage sales, and sometimes even on the curb! her favorite thrift stores in philly are germantown thrift and three potato four, in manayunk.
here’s a quick little interview with lizzy, and check out more photos of her sweet place in the slideshow below!
you can check out another tour of lizzy’s home here!
what do you guys think of this year’s coachella lineup? i think its pretty solid – even though i’ve never been to coachella they always do a great job just getting such a large variety of artists. even if you don’t like the headliners, you’re sure to find several smaller bands more than worth seeing. here’s a little playlist of some of the bands i’d like to see if i was going (one of them is twin shadow, who we just featured in our january catalog video!).
are any of you planning on going? who are you most excited to see??
images via coachella website.
our creative design assistant snapped a couple pics of model sasha pivovarova when she arrived for our catalog shoot on thursday… she looks effortlessly cool in leather pants, black shoes, tank and messy braid – and the tiger on her shirt was definitely appropriate!
i snapped this photo of her bracelets and rings on the makeup table – i love that she just wears a couple of friendship bracelets!
and jemma took this photo when she arrived on day two, looking nice and cozy for the cold day in nyc!
i know you guys want to see more of the april catalog but you’re going to have to wait a little bit! don’t worry though because i’ll have a sneak peek of our february book soon (maybe next week!) and it is amazing :)
I have always been a fan of the oversized look. I usually opt for the two sizes bigger idea when it comes to buying tops – I like the way they fall and how much freedom I have to play around with different silhouettes.
Lately bloggers have been catching my eye and the ways they have been styling these extreme XL ideas.
I love this look with maxi skirts with a small section of the top tucked in to give a draping effect or just worn loose to give that relaxed and comfortable feel.
It’s quite a bold idea… how do you guys feel about this look???
today’s fan story is from sheila from portland OR, a student and artist who sent in some of her recent work. she wrote that she loves fiber art and is always inspired by the materials that free people uses, and has incorporated some tears from fp catalogs into her work.
i love how personal her work is, some of it containing little sentences or phrases that are like a peek into her diary. awesome stuff, thanks for sharing shiela! you can check out more of her work here.
and don’t forget to keep the stories coming to firstname.lastname@example.org!
i mentioned last week that i was lucky enough to be able to go to our april catalog shoot in nyc… well here is a little visual diary of the trip!
on the train ride up i could barely contain my excitement for the day ahead…
we shot in milk studios, an amazing warehouse-like space in the meatpacking district.
this was my first time attending a catalog shoot, and i just wanted to soak in every detail.
shoes lined up and ready to go.
our creative director, doub, chats with photographer guy aroch.
the fp crew, pre shooting.
a beautiful day in nyc!
do you dream of working for free people? well i have exciting news! we have started a twitter account called urban_scout that you can follow for all the latest job openings, and they are there to answer all of your questions as well – click here to go to their twitter page and make sure you’re following!
some quotes that stood out to me from the portion of just kids in which patti returns from her trip to paris and she and robert move into the chelsea hotel. what i would give to be a fly on the wall of the hotel back in those days, when other guests and residents of the hotel included janis joplin, bob dylan, william s. burroughs, allen ginsberg and edie sedgewick…
“we learned we wanted too much. we could only give from the perspective of who we were and what we had. apart, we were able to see with even greater clarity that we didn’t want to be without each other.”
“in between i clock the action. eyeing the traffic circulating the lobby hung with bad art. big invasive stuff unloaded on stanley bard in exchange for rent. the hotel is an energetic, desperate haven for scores of gifted hustling children from every rung of the ladder. guitar bums and stoned-out beauties in victoria dresses. junkie poets, playwrights, broke-down filmmakers, and french actors. everybody passing through here is somebody, if nobody in the outside world.”
“on that night, too excited to sleep, infinite possibilities seemed to swirl above me. i stared up at the plaster ceiling as i had done as a child. it seemed to me that the vibrating patterns overhead were sliding into place. the mandala of my life.”
“it is said that children do not distinguish between living and inanimate objects; i believe they do. a child imparts a doll or tin soldier with magical life-breath. the artist animates his work as the child his toys.”
click on images for sources.
i got completely sucked in the other day looking through beth hoeckel’s mixed media work. i love her combination of nature, texture and fashion. they remind me of really crazy fashion illustrations!
looking through our january catalog, i’m sure more than a few of you were wondering… who’s the handsome guy? his name is gauthier and he is a french model – our team found him on the street! we asked him to give us the insider scoop on his favorite places to eat and hang out in paris.
read more for the full post!