the first ever philagrafika festival starts this weekend in philly, and it is expected to be one of the largest art events in the US and the world’s largest print-related exhibition. this will be a recurring event that celebrates the role of print in contemporary art. more than 300 artists will be represented at more than 80 venues throughout philly! i really like what artist gunilla klingberg has done with the entrance at moore college:
free people 5th ave in new york is teaming up with the salvation army for a clothing drive on saturday – stop by and help them out in their efforts to provide our neighbors in haiti with food and supplies during this difficult time. stop by the store anytime between 10am – 9pm!
don’t know what to bring? think light jackets, shoes, socks, t-shirts, anything light and packable!
we’re very excited to be opening a new store at space 15 twenty in los angeles!
if you’re not familiar with space 15 twenty, its a unique retail setting where each store is connected by an outdoor courtyard, and includes a performance space for live music, an art gallery, and a monthly pop up shop.
stop by tomorrow for the grand opening party, with food, drinks, and vintage vinyl spun by dj dez!
happy thursday everyone! it’s poll time…last week i asked about some of the graphic tops we have right now and the winner is the zuma mason tank with 31% of the votes! that was my favorite too :)
this week we’ve had the military trend on the mind…it was a huge trend on the runway for spring/summer 2010, and we’ve got some great pieces right now to help you get this cool, army-inspired look. which of these would you most want to add to your wardrobe?
“fp loves” will take a look at an item we’re really excited about and get word from the buyer on why they love it so much! first up: the beryll vintage artisan asphalt boots… hand-distressed from restored leather sourced from the 60’s and 70s.
and, it turns out vogue italia loves the beryll boots too! they were featured in the cover story, shot by steven miesel, for the january 2010 issue!
the beryll boots are available on our website, here.
one of the girls here at the office told me about this awesome DIY project that she’s going to try, and i think i might have to try it as well! it is so simple and there are so many fun things you can do with it…
what you need:
1. some pretty paper – this would be a great way to reuse your old free people catalogs!
2. punches in whatever shape or size you want – i love the idea of using varying sizes.
3. some zots (clear adhesive dots) and 3d-dots (sticky foam cubes) to add some dimension by placing the butterflies at varying heights, like this:
4. a picture frame with 3d mat board
once you have your paper picked out, start punching! lay out the shapes on a piece of paper as you punch, in whatever pattern you feel like. then you’re just going to attach them using the zots and 3d dots, placing the shapes at varying heights.
lollychops has a really great step-by-step tutorial if you need more direction:
today’s tunesday album is the new one from beach house, called teen dream!
i first heard of the duo when i saw grizzly bear in concert and victoria legrand of beach house was there to sing the backup vocals on “two weeks.” she has a beautiful voice that has drawn comparisons to nico and stevie nicks, and i can definitely see the similarities- especially on songs like “zebra” which sounds like it could be from the 70s. beach house’s music is often described as “dream pop”, their album is called “teen dream,” and it was recorded in a church in upstate new york called dreamland…so it’s hard not to use dreamy when describing their music- but it is just that. it feels like the type of music that would be playing in the background in your dreams, or walking through a field of flowers, or, appropriately enough, taking a stroll on the beach.
now take a listen to some tunes from the new album!