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fp in nyc!

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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mod gingerbread

Black Eiffel posted these modern gingerbread houses. I love them! CBGBs is pretty funny. I have to say, the old classic gingerbread houses definitely lend themselves to the use of candy a bit more. Much more fun and whimsical. But I do love the idea of these mod houses! Check out Black Eiffel for links to the photos…
Check out the Free People gingerbread if you haven’t seen it! Video and pics!

kathryn -Jun 15, 2008, 11:41AM
Hey, I'm super flattered that you liked my CBGB gingerbread house photograph, but could you please take it down? Thanks.

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kitsch and collage

On a recent trip to Australia, one of our design director came across this amazing shadowbox in the gallery A-Space on Cleveland. This shadowbox is full of antique chalk figurines and vintage ceramic animals. It’s called “Garden of Eden (Paradise Begins)” and was assembled by Australian artist Clinton Cross. Our design director was most excited and inspired by Clinton’s aesthetic. Also, she loved the way he took antique collectables and assembled them into a piece of modern art.
Our assistant accessories designer, Callie, was so inspired by the shadow box that she created her very own. She was surprised by how many figurines she could fit into such a small space! Check out her version…

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Clinton cross -Oct 24, 2011, 10:27AM
i still do them:) they are sellers but take a lot of time:) can see more on you tube Clinton cross recent works 2010 - 2011.
Jennifer Perkins -Jan 11, 2008, 12:56PM
I may have finally found a way to organize all my kitschy trinkets into one display. LOVE IT!

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holiday crafts

Over on the small object, there are some really great holiday craft ideas. Two of my favorites are made using recycled fabric scraps. If you do any sewing and are a pack rat, I know you have tons of little scraps you’re saving “just in case”. So here are two awesome ideas to use em up! Check out the stacking fabric trees and chain link garland

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all over print

I took the recommendation on love forever and checked out all over print. This blog covers color, design and inspiration of the textile design company. There are some really beautiful inspiring images. I wish some of the entries had more words so you knew what the works in progress and inspirations were related to, but I guess that’s part of the fun. Check it out!

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TokyoBunnie -Dec 18, 2007, 7:36PM
Ooh this site is so wonderful! Thank you for posting it!!!
fpgirl -Dec 16, 2007, 11:55PM
Hi Ayelet! thank you for linking to Free People on your blog! We love your blog and the beautiful photos! (I tried leaving a comment on AOP but you need a google account to comment, and I don't have one...)

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shrinky dinks

Yoonie-at-home posted her tutorial for making shrinky dink holiday ornaments. She gives a super detailed step by step and even gives you a template to download. I love crafts that involve a childhood pastime for a modern craft. Check it out and get shrinking!

fpgirl -Dec 12, 2007, 11:46PM
Hi Emily. You can use scanned images or images you design on the computer and then you print them on to the special plastic. There is actually a shrinky dink website, and you can probably get the plastic at craft stores too. Here's the link... http://www.goestores.com/home.aspx?Merchant=shrinkydinks
emily Warpinski -Dec 11, 2007, 8:10PM
so confusing!! so do you need to decorate then scan it onto your computer? what kind of plastic do you use and where do you buy it?

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crochet trees!

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.

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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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Check out our new brushed print tanks and boyshorts. Our intimates designers created the original samples with spray paint and stencils. In our factory, they produce the same effect using an airbrush printing technique. See the tanks and boyshorts on the web and in our catalog!

gianna -Dec 13, 2007, 1:18PM
love the colors an the "all over effect"
Lauren -Dec 10, 2007, 3:55PM
what a great idea! I'm guessing you just used normal spray paint? Or special fabric spray paint?

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holiday cheer

The Free People stores are filled with holiday cheer. Check out this years decorations..

The bike is decked out, of course.
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This year was all about the silver mirrored garlands and tinsel, and sparkly winter creatures.
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Our favorite piece, the crocheted tree!
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Jessyka D'Souza -Dec 05, 2007, 7:33PM
My goodness, look at that beautiful girl decorating that glittery Christmas tree, so hard at work. What a good FP employee. Oh wait, doesn't she work in the Austin store? Shout out for Miss Lisa!! I heart you...
joyce -Dec 05, 2007, 1:54PM
how cool!:)

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this week

There are some cool events happening this week in NY that I thought I’d share…
One is the Bust Holiday Craftacular. This is one of my favorite spots for holiday gifts and new crafty ideas for stuff to make myself. It keeps getting better every year, so check it out this Saturday, Dec 8th at The Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City, 125 West 18th Street.

Also this week, is GenArt’s SHOP NYC, full of amazing designers selling their wares for amazing prices. This Wednesday at the Puck Building from 6-10pm.

emily -Dec 05, 2007, 12:16PM
thanks for the info, i'm definitely going to go check it out!
fpgirl -Dec 03, 2007, 11:23PM
Hi Georgia. I wouldn't recommend wearing them outside. The bottoms are suede and probably wouldn't last more than a day or two on the concrete, plus the knit part goes all the way down to the edges of the sole. They definitely wouldn't be good in any kind of moist ground... You could probably wear them as thick socks though, peeking out of some roomy boots...

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hawaii

Our new December catalog is inspired by Hawaii’s tropical vibes, exotic flowers, and aloha spirit. We loved hibiscus flowers and floral prints in all different sizes and colors. We also added touches of sporty elements like stripes to add contrast to the floral prints. Punchy colors like oranges and ocean blues are splashed throughout the line. Silhouettes are casual, light, and airy. The Hawaii collection is all about easy dressing. Read more »

Denise -Mar 17, 2008, 6:24PM
It would be wonderful, for those of us happily *obsessed* with models, if you had some kind of *who the models are* page or something. Thoughts?
elise -Jan 30, 2008, 3:14PM
what was the song that was playing in the december video? I am in love with the video and have used it for inspiration in my film i am assigned to make. I would love to know the song name :)

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