Urban Outfitters organized a Valentine Mix CD Swap here among home office employees across the three brands (Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People). Over the next two weeks, I’m going to feature some of the mixes made by people in the FP home office.
This is the first mix made by Kelly. She works in the Wholesale Customer Service Department. Her mix is called B-Mine, love songs by artists with the letter B. Here’s her playlist…
Heaven is a place on earth Belinda Carlisle
Boys Britney Spears
Crimson and clover Blondie
Venus as a boy Bjork
Two of us Beatles
I want you Bob Dylan
I send my love to you Bonnie Prince Billy
Promise Butch Walker
Change of heart Beck
Shot through the heart Bon Jovi
Cradle of love Billy Idol
Orgasm addict Buzzcocks
Who was in my room Butthole Surfers
Girls Beastie Boys
Just a friend Biz Markie
Don’t phunk with my heart Black Eyed Peas

Nicole -Feb 01, 2008, 10:07PM
I really think it's fate that I found this blog! I love everything about the Free People brand, and this inside scoop is such a lovely treat ^-^

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Learning to Love You More is a project by artists Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher. I had heard of the project before, but never really knew what it was about until this weekend. Miranda and Harrell have created this list of assignments intended to guide people toward their own experiences. In the book version of the collections, they talked about how, as artists, your life is all about creating. These artists realized that it was precisely in the moments of letting those thoughts of creation go, that they truly had these meaningful experiences.
The other thing I like about this project, is that so many of the assignments relate to childhood. We wouldn’t need these kinds of assignments as children, because we thought of this kind of stuff all the time and were just free to do it. As adults I think we forget that we have that freedom. So here are a few of my favorite assignments. Check out the website and the book, and do some of the assignments on your own.
10. Make a flier of your day.
15. Hang a windchime on a tree in a parking lot.
27. Take a picture of the sun.
33. Braid someone’s hair.
39. Take a picture of your parents kissing.

joanna goddard -Jan 28, 2008, 11:02PM
this is SO sweet. i would love to braid a friend's hair. my mom used to braid mine, and it was such a lovely experience:)
liz -Jan 28, 2008, 1:14PM
i love learning to love you more... almost as much as i love Miranda July's No One Belongs Here More than You

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Our graphic designers have put together some wallpapers you can download for your desktop. This is the first one, vintage papers, and I’ll post a new one about every other week. They will all be saved in a flickr group so you can access older ones as well. (right now there is just this one)
Enjoy! Download from flickr here.

M. Joshua -Feb 16, 2012, 2:28PM
I've always loved your wallpapers. But I can't help but wonder why there's no options for larger screen resolutions. 1024 is kinda the minimum. Any chance we might see larger versions in the near future?
Laura -Nov 22, 2010, 5:30AM
Wonderful papers! Thank you for sharing!

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we the free

Natalie commented on the January catalog post asking what the deal is with the We the Free product featured in the new book. We the Free knit line is an eclectic collection of tops, t-shirts, and heavy weight styles that features relaxed fits, superior fabric quality and washes, and thoughtful artwork. We the Free offers a rare combination of the newest print techniques pared with both classic and edgy graphics, applique, hand embroidery, and rugged trimmings. We hope this collection will charm you with its special details and unique sensibility.
Basically, this is a new line of high end knits with amazing fabrics, art, dye and print techniques. The aesthetic is a little bit more tough and boy inspired. So what do you think???
See all We the Free product here

ruby f. -Dec 03, 2012, 11:05PM
I really love Free People. The style is so unique. But I noticed, today, my 72$ "Slip" has holes in it. Uh, I take care of my clothes - not to mention I wear them to nice places - Not like I'm hiking in this garb. I took a look at the tag and was SO SHOCKED! It's made in China! Along with all my other Free People brand clothes! Can someone please explain why!! lol I mean, China's minimum wage is about 80 cents (American Dollars). What's the deal?
wholesale blank shirts -Jul 11, 2011, 5:31PM
I love We The Free! Thanks for creating amazing items that make my friends drool.

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Our January catalog drops today! The collection was inspired by Spain and we shot it in Mexico. It was shot in 2 locations near merida, mexico…
The first was a restaurant owned by a lebanese man who’s lived in and ran
the same restaurant for over 40 years…the second was a hacienda refurbished by our production scout and her husband, which is out in the countryside…complete with horses, dogs, chickens, baby boars (and an unexpected tarantula)!
Check it out online and watch the behind the scenes video… The music is a song called “Rector Street” by Levy.

fpgirl -Jan 17, 2008, 12:17PM
Hi Elizabeth! No, the model is not Hannah Murray. She is a Russian model named Nadia, who, I quote our creative director, was "freakin hilarious" Glad you like her in our new book!
elizabeth hess -Jan 16, 2008, 9:58PM
I was just wondering if the model on the cover is the british actress Hannah Murray. If it is, she is wonderful and did a great job in your catalogue. If not, this girl is terrific as well. thanks!

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cardboard carpets

wendyplomp.jpg Discovered these beautiful printed cardboard "carpets" over on Bloesem. Designer Wendy Plomp titled them “message in a box”. Here is a description from Louise Schouwenberg of Domus magazine.
Cardboard is probably the cheapest industrial packaging material available on the market. Any image that is printed onto this typically throwaway material can turn into a streetwise design object; something that can have a glorious second life if left to the street where it can be spontaneously employed in new applications.
For instance, it could be reborn as a disposable carpet that could instantly provide you with a clean space wherever you are, almost like a home.
To prolong the lifespan and usefulness of boxes, informative messages or ornate arabesque patterns reminiscent of precious carpets could be printed on the inside surfaces. An example could be the food parcels dropped in disaster areas; this unexploited space could be used to provide valuable information which, especially in those conditions, might be enormously helpful.

stairtread -Jan 07, 2014, 11:19PM
First time i heard about cardboard carpets. Good thought, I enjoy your post. Well done
Donnieboy -Oct 12, 2009, 5:18AM
Just wanted to drop you a line to say, I enjoy reading your site. I thought about starting a blog myself but don't have the time. Oh well maybe one day....

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new york photos

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I know we never posted the photos from our newest, largest store in New York City, so here you go!

fpgirl -Jan 25, 2008, 12:19AM
So here is the advice from our display team regarding the sequined canvases. For our proto, our designer actually hand sewed each sequin on by hand, and then left a space for the screen printed flower applique. She does not recommend doing that yourself! Luren suggests going to a fabric store and buying a small amount of sequined fabric, maybe the stretchy variety. This could be a little expensive, so another great alternative would be to find some sequined wonder of a dress at a thrift store for a couple of dollars. That way you would be recycling material and not spending much $$. The fabric can them be fixed onto a frame of canvas stretchers and decorated as you like. Hope that helps! If you end up making the project, you should send me the photos and I'll post them on the blog! Just leave your email address in a comment and I will get in touch. happy crafting!
fpgirl -Jan 24, 2008, 11:30AM
Hey heart FP. I'm going to see if the display team can give you some advice. I know that one of our designers handmade the proto and then they had the rest made in India. I'll get back to you soon.

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Today the Free People design team received the sales samples for the end of summer and fall. This is the first time the designers see their creations as they will look when you see them at the store. This is after a long process of hand made samples, drawings, fittings and revisions. Still ahead there will be meetings with even more revisions and changes to get down to the most amazing pieces for the final line. Hope you like them just as much as our designers do when they hit the stores!

Arin Michelle -Jan 28, 2008, 10:40PM
Thank you very much for taking time out of your ultra busy schedule to reply! It honestly is a little fantasy of mine, I won't be heart broken if the designers can't fit it in. I just love their styles. Thank you very much!
fpgirl -Jan 24, 2008, 11:24AM
Hi Arin, I'm going to pass along your info to the design team and see if there is anyone interested in designing a wedding dress. I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. I'm sure you know that our designers are extremely busy so please don't be too upset if no one is able to take on your project. xxofpgirl

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folkloric tin

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I spotted Melanie Tomlinson’s work on designers block. She does these incredible printed tin tableaux. Check out her explanation of her work, and read more on craft2eu
Running through my work like threads, are themes from folklore. These allow me to step into another world, to explore the world of the unfamiliar and transform its stories and symbols. The themes and messages in folktales transcend time and culture and are still relevant to our own experiences.
Some of the tableaux are automated with the movement hidden inside the piece and some are static. I like the element of surprise that happens when you discover a small handle, that when turned brings the piece to life. Many of the tableaux sit on top of a box which has a printed interior. The boxes are not obvious at first, but when discovered, can become secret hiding places for personal artefacts.

peter -Jun 02, 2008, 4:48PM
wow. thanks for posting. these craft2eu guys from germany are such a good place to support. they just know whats going on

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I was looking through what’s new on freepeople.com and realized this cami reminds me of the doily chair from the last post! The idea of combining something with such history and delicacy and intricacy like this beautiful lace or a crocheted doily and combining it with something completely simple and modern, like a simple ribbed tank (or walnut chair). Check out the fp lace cami in more colors…

Amber -Jan 04, 2008, 12:20PM
This is SO cute, it also reminds me of the doily chair! I agree with Jess in wishing it was summer! I'm in Maine, and it's -18 degrees Fahrenheit :( Good work FP!
TokyoBunnie -Jan 03, 2008, 2:48PM
Oooh this is gorgeous!!!

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fp in nyc!

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The new Free People store in NYC opens tomorrow! 79 5th Ave, right near Anthropologie (it’s right next to Coach on the opposite corner). More photos and info coming soon!

fpgirl -Dec 28, 2007, 12:27PM
Hi Lauren! The renderings are done by an architect, but there is an in-house team that works on all the store designs and concepts.
Lauren -Dec 28, 2007, 11:35AM
lovely! do you come up with store concepts (exterior vs. interior) in house or were these renderings by a architectural or design firm?

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crochet trees!

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We got some comments asking for more details of our giant crochet tree display. Here you go! This is the prototype tree our display team made in their workspace at the home office.
The visual team crochetters worked from the top down, starting with a styrofoam ball, crochetting around it and then down, connecting to big rings as we went. Then we crochetted garland to drape on the tree, and crochetted around little styrofoam balls to be “ornaments.” Then we had to chop the rings in quarters, folded the tree up, and sent it to india to be reproduced. As you can see from the pictures of the final one in the stores, they’re all a little different. But it looks great and is a wonderful handmade treasure.

 

Rose FineCraftGuild.com -Feb 15, 2010, 3:59PM
absolutely wonderful tree. we'll feature it!
fpgirl -Dec 12, 2007, 11:48PM
Hey Sara. I'll check with the display team and hopefully get back to you with an answer!!

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