Free People is in love with mixing it up… mismatched prints, soft feminine with tough boy elements, the pulled-together with the super care-free. How do you wear your Free People? I know there are some Free People girls out there with some serious style. Well we wanna see it!
I’ve set up a flickr group where you can post pics of your personal FP looks. You don’t have to be in head to toe Free People, I think it’s cool to see how everyone mixes things into their wardrobe. We’ll be checking out the photos and the comments people leave. I’ll post some of your photos that really stand out on the blog, and somebody might even get contacted to participate in a Free People catalog shoot!
The above photos are some of the girls that work in our store in Paramus NJ. So style up your Free People and post some photos here!!!
One of my favorite artist / bloggers, Anahata, is on this month’s cover of Cloth Paper Scissors! I picked up this magazine for the first time a few months ago, and it’s really great for artistic inspiration, especially collage ideas and techniques. I’ll definitely be buying this month’s issue to check out the feature on Anahata…
I was deleting photos on my camera and found these shots I took at a trend meeting last year. This is when the designers were first starting to think about the India and Africa trends that have been our past two design concepts. Everyone on the design team brought in inspiration that related to the themes. Some brought fabrics, some vintage garments, magazine tears, accessories picked up on travels… Someone even brought in some paintings they did while in school! This is just the start of the long development processs they go through when working out new concepts. Thought you’d like to see a little peek!
So there were seriously eight different FP employees in the home office yesterday wearing blue and white stripes. How ridiculous is that? And yes, we have an FP man! He merchandises the stores!
And about the swap…
There are just under 200 people signed up! woohoo! Thanks to all you bloggers that spread the word! So I’m gonna match up partners and email you info. There are about 10 people that didn’t leave me your email address! If your name is listed, (I left out your last name for security or whatever) please comment with your email. I won’t post the comments… This is gonna be fun.
Cody F (male swapper! woohoo! he did the vday swap and the poor guy received a necklace, so this time I’ll let his partner know he’s an FP man…)
Today is the last day to sign up for our travel themed craft swap! This is such a fun opportunity to share your creative talents with another crafty free people girl, and all of the blog readers as well. Check out details here and sign up here.
I was walking home from work last week and spotted this amazing trunk in my neighbor’s garbage. It’s made of metal and super heavy, but I dragged it home. All the straps are leather and its marked with all these old labels from its travels. I think I might use it as inspiration for the swap! How perfectly strange is that?
I want to thank everyone that’s already signed up for the travel swap (probably about 150!) and encourage you to get even more people involved! I love the community the last swap created, and all of the back and forth in the flickr group was such a great chance to share your crafty talents with even more people. So the last day to sign up is Monday. Post the info on your blogs and let’s get some more people involved over the weekend.
After Monday, it’ll take a few days to get all the info together and then I’ll email you with your partner’s info and the link for the travel swap’s flickr group.
I saw these globes and maps over at Terramia and it reminded to get thinking about what I’m gonna make!
Rocket St. George posted the above images of tents in the spirit of the upcoming season of music festivals. I thought the whole camping idea could be added onto the list of inspiration for the Free People travel themed craft swap. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check it out!
But the tents also reminded me of this past exhibit called “Shelter” by Saviour Scraps, a Brooklyn arts collective that makes installations re-using scraps of fabric to create their imaginative environments. One of the FP girls emailed me their link a while ago because her sister is one of the artists involved. You’ll wanna check out their site and their current work on view at Monkey Town in Williamsburg.
This is the desk of Heather. She is the Free People Direct Operations Supervisor. She works in the home office and oversees the distribution center and customer service concerns that require the above and beyond. She likes to keep her stuffed creatures in a jar.
Most of these little Mexican icons were gifts bought at the Eyes Gallery on South Street in Philly. The last piece on the right was a college art project titled “Good Girls & Bad Girls”.
And Heather’s in a scooter club. I use to wonder why she came into work in the morning wearing a helmet…
I promised I’d share the goods in the latest (sorry, I managed to get newspaper smudges all over the cover)…So this issue made me start thinking that the crew at Lula has gotten into my brain. Featuring an ode to defunct teen wonder-mag Sassy, Henry Darger, Bat for Lashes and Grey Gardens, they just know what’s up.
My absolute favorite part is a pull out poster illustrating a tap dance by Zooey Deschanel. You will love it.
Camille from the kissing knees contacted me about Alison, the designer at wonderland q and co-organizer of the Bazaar Bizarre craft fairs. Alison has just undergone emergency surgery and has no health insurance! Her friends have set up a fundraiser on etsy to help her out. Purchase wares from the crafters donating, or donate crafts to be sold. Click here and help a girl out!
The Valentine’s swap was a huge success and we’ve had lots of requests for another, so let’s do it! A huge theme in recent FP collections is travel. We’ve had store displays and product inspiration from across the world (the last two collections focusing on India and Africa), and summer is coming, so think about vacations! Get inspired by maps, travel guides, road trips, exotic countries, you get the idea.
So this time each participant will be matched with a partner. You will make something beautiful inspired by the idea of travel and they will make something for you in return. (Last time I matched everyone with one person to send to and a different to receive from, and it got a little crazy.) The sign up will be open for two weeks, so get your friends involved! Then you will have
about a month to make you goodies and send them out.
Click here to participate, and make sure you fill out all your info! Your email and mailing address are super important. Oh, and make a note if you’re totally against shipping internationally. Comment with any questions. Get to crafting!
We are in love with these! What are we loving? Well, we’re super into platforms, and the ankle wrap is key. The African prints are really cheerful for summer, and there are 5 different prints to choose from. The stitching detail is really great, and they’re comfy. AND they were designed by our accessories designers so you won’t see them anywhere else. Check em out here…