have you guys heard of birdie busch? she’s a philly native whose atmospheric folk music and whimsical voice are starting to gain wider recognition. her myspace page describes her music as “weird and winding: she sings about magic, luck, the universe, the human heart speeding off on dangerous missions like Inspector Gadget. An intimate partnership with long time band mates has assured that her records are cohesive and remarkably mature, a dreamy Americana too warm to be made in this decade but too grounded and aware to be made anytime else.”
she has just released an EP of four songs inspired by her hometown (philadelphia) called “everyone will take you in” and our music coordinator gave me a copy last week. i was immediately intrigued by the packaging alone, it’s really lovely. it includes vinyl and cd versions of the EP as well as a stack of vintage looking postcards with song lyrics on the back and a letter from birdie explaining the meaning of this project. i wanted to share some photos just because i thought it was so nice!
she’ll be playing at johnny brenda’s in philly this friday so if you’re in the area stop by and check her out! here are a couple of her songs, check out her myspace page for more!
a few weeks ago we invited one of our loyal fans to come visit the home office for a day, and our videographer put together this sweet video as a memento for her :) it’s cool because it gives you an idea of what a typical day is like here at the home office!
they’re vagabonds… rock ‘n’ rollers who travel from town to town with their belongings strung across their backs, guitar cases in hand. the autumn gypsy is a mix of the bohemian hippie with a rocker edge. she spends her days beading jewelry and making necklaces with good luck charms that she gives out to friends and people she meets in her travels. she reads palms and loses herself in deep thought when the weather shifts a certain way – as days grow shorter and trees cast long shadows across her path her spirit comes alive, a mischeivious sparkle in her eyes. her friends have gatherings in the woods around bonfires that flicker across the crackling paint of old caravans. they tell stories and play songs into the night, reading poetry by candlelight and looking for patterns in the stars up above.
here’s a playlist of music this trend brought to mind.
well, we are nearing the end of the summer festival season :( but there are still a few to go. this weekend two festivals are taking place, the life is good festival at blue hills in canton, MA, and the end of the road festival in north dorset in the UK. here’s a playlist for your friday of some of the bands playing at the festivals this weekend.
while shooting our september catalog our team stayed in the gorgeous chilston park hotel, a historic manor house in lenham, kent, that has been home to politicians, writers and lords. not only is it located in the heart of the scenic “garden of england,” the hotel is full of history, with rooms that still have their original fireplaces, four-poster beds and antiques. here are some photos our team took…
i love all the cool old cars!
after a long day of shooting they walked through the fields at sunset to the pepperbox inn – england’s oldest brewer. how cool!
a lot of you have been asking about the amazing technicolor fishtail braid in our september catalog. well lucky for us, our videographer was on hand to film the process! check it out…
How to do Amazing Rainbow Fishtail Braids by Free People from FreePeople on Vimeo.
it’s actually pretty simple! our team bought colored extensions at a hair/beauty supply store and glued them into model karolina’s hair, then carefully braided them into the fishtail. the rainbow effect is stunning!
the song in the video is “woh woh yea yea” by the dynamos.