april catalog

Our April catalog drops today! Here’s a little about the shoot from our creative director…
Our April book was based on a trend called “Mayan”, taking typical print/color palettes of that culture and translating them into modern silhouettes.
We’ve had great success working in Mexico in the past (January 08 book), so we decided to head back. This time, our production scout, Dominique took the team to Tulum…about an hour’s drive or so from Merida, where we’ve done most of our shooting up until this point. Tulum was gorgeous…white sand, green-blue ocean, teeming with lots of nomadic, free-spirited folks (including the guy on pg 6 and 13).
Most of our beach shots were taken there; the rest were taken on the road, driving to and from that location.
Very spontaneous shoot…and one of our favorites so far.
P.S. The headdress on the front cover was actually purchased in the Houston, TX airport. Winds forced our plane down, and the team wasn’t able to make its connecting flight to Merida…so we hung out for a long time, waiting for our luggage, and found this. Not Mayan, necessarily, but made for an awesome prop. :)

One of our soft wovens designers, Alissa, gave us some details to share on two styles she worked on.
Alissa’s Ikat Dress was inspired by an Indian purse. The designer incorporated the look of the embroidery used on the bag into the dress details. The dress was named after the designer!
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The floral design on the Gauze Embroidered Waist Top was hand drawn by Alissa. The design was inspired by pictures she found in a botany book.

indiana jones

Meet Indiana Jones. Indie is a sweet boy who plays nicely with all of the other Free People dogs and comes to work almost every day.
Indie belongs to Erin, who is the Associate Designer for Prints and Colors. This means that Erin and Indie work on the print artwork for all Free People apparel. They also help to choose and name the colors for each item for every season. So if you love the print on your favorite Free People dress or shirt, chances are Indie and Erin had something to do with it.
Name: Indiana Jones
Nickname: Indie, Monster, Dr. Jones
Breed: Catahoula Leopard mix (seriously, it’s a real dog. If you don’t believe me, look up the state dog of Louisiana)
Likes: Running, running, and running.
Dislikes: People who step on his tail, people who take his trashcan, and mailmen (of course)
Favorite friends: He has an awful lot of friends, but I think his favorites are probably Rosie (an American Bull Dog), Keegan (a Black Lab), Dave (Manager of Free People Direct) and Mary Ellen (Senior Designer for Color and Prints.)
How did you meet Indie: We rescued him from a shelter in Philadelphia. I just wanted to pet him, because he looked so cute and I ended up taking him home :)
Anything else you want to share: Indie loves working at FP! Sometimes when we leave at night he won’t get in the car! He just keeps running back to the front doors!

patricia -Apr 28, 2008, 10:20AM
that little guy is totally adorable...
kate -Apr 15, 2008, 10:06AM
My favorite thing about Indie is his white "socks".

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Four new stores in the next month! Palo Alto, Canoga Park, Carlbad and Glendale CA.

Jene -May 26, 2009, 2:17AM
Please open a Free People store in San Francisco, it would be amazingly popular!!!
Alyssa -Oct 23, 2008, 4:58PM
Free People should come to Santa Fe, NM. Even though the city is small, the culture is amazing. Bohemian, artsy, environmental, multi-cultural, vibrant; how much more Free People can you get? All my friends and I would go crazy to have a store here, and Downtown Santa Fe needs some stores where you can buy beautiful clothes for less than thousands of dollars (seriously... it's not cheap here). Come to Santa Fe!

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marbled paper

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Courtney and Lizzy made some beautiful marbled papers for our “trend walls.” As the designers are developing a trend, they designate a wall in the hallway where they post all kinds of inspirational images, artwork, magazine tears, trims, etc. You’ll have to wait a few months to see what comes of the trend with the marbled colors… The painting sure looks like fun though!
Here are some of the supplies and tips:
Paper was from Pearl Paint
Big white tub was from Ikea
The marbling kit was from Pearl too.
Innovative Marbling Suminagashi Dye Ink Set:
6 colors, in 12 ml. tubes and it comes with instructions!!
The girls put a little baby oil (does not come in the set) in the water too, just to make it more interesting. Wherever the oil is, the paper will remain white.
Check out the comments from an expert marbler for some more tips…

Aline -Aug 28, 2008, 8:10AM
It's beautiful your work.!!!!!!!! How to? I'd like to now how to do it... by using cheap and recycled material x Aline
Wendy -Apr 26, 2008, 11:51AM
you should use marble paper idea for artwork in the next catalog!!

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vintage sunglasses

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We have this amazing collection of vintage sunglasses acquired from Selima Optique, the famous luxury eyeglass boutiques from LA, NY and Paris. Each pair is original and in pristine condition. Check out shades by Dior, Lacoste, Dunhill, and Vuarnet. There are also these sweet color-changing Chameleon sunglasses in assorted colors. Check them all out here.
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brooklyn -Dec 20, 2008, 8:48AM
I absolutely love the orange sunglassses, I wonder if they still have them, another place I shop for vintage sunglasses is http://www.thehoneyroom.com

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*First name: Luren
*How long have you worked at Free People? Close to 2 years
*Tell me about your job: I draw on the walls at the new Free People stores during the openings, mostly in the fitting rooms. I design the seasonal visual display that goes to all the stores with my team, which means looking everywhere for inspiration, shopping in thrift stores, trying things out here in our studio, and seeing through production of anything that we make overseas. And I work on the designs for the packaging (the fabric shopping bags you get when you buy clothes at a Free People store).
*What do you like best about working at FP? I get a lot of creative freedom and responsibility, which is exciting because we get to be the face of the retail side of the brand–the part that people see when they’re wandering down the street or shopping in the mall. We get to make really inspirational, special setups in the store that get people using their imaginations and staying in the stores to look at everything we did to make it special, and that gets them to look at the amazing clothes!
Favorite FP items. Why? We The Free! The Relaxed Pullover Hoodie and the We the Free Short Sleeve Rugby Stripe. Anything from WE THE FREE. Looking forward to all the new products that are about to drop.
Tell me about your dog. I LOVE ALL DOGS. But I can’t have my own because I travel all the time for work and to explore the world. So I get to love all the dogs around the Navy Yard, without getting to spoil just one with all my attention. But IDA lives in my house, so she’s my most favorite!
What do you do when not at work? I design textiles, run a gallery and a gallery store which sells artist-made products with some friends, tie-dye old clothes in my yard, cook, grow vegetables in my garden, draw, travel, and I just wrote a book about screenprinting at home called Print Liberation .
What do you like best about Philly? I love Philadelphia. It’s a really easy place to do your own thing. You’re not in the world spotlight like you are in cities like NYC and LA so the pressure is off and people get to dig their heels in the ground and do what they feel passionate about. Which means people are more real and more straightforward. It’s cheap, so your life isn’t on the line if you screw up. People are hardworking and inspired.
Anything else? Picture credit: Mike Wilkes
Note: in pictures I’m in India working on display production, and wearing a free people burnout shirt

Gloria Miles -May 02, 2008, 4:43PM
I love freepeople, the colors the style. I own lots of your clothing. I just bought a bag called Grandma's Attic bag and I just love it. I live in California, I just found out you opened a store at the Stanford Mall. I will be visting that store tomorrow. I hope you will carry more shoes their. Whom ever is on your design/style staff they are very Artisic. Thank You, Freepeople. Gloria Miles
Emma -Apr 08, 2008, 3:31PM
Luren, I am interning with Teen Vogue in NYC right now and have come to realize that it's not for me. This caused me to panic because I thought editorial design was the way I wanted to go. The more and more I help our creative director, the more I realize that I am going to need a job with ALOT of creative freedom. I would love to talk to you more about your position at Free People, what you studied in school... pick your brain because I am trying to feel out what direction I want to head in and it sounds like what you do... is dead on! Thanks, Emma

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We are going to do some spotlights of Free People stores, so you can get to know a little bit about each one. The first entry is from our very first Free People store! Here is what the girls had to say…
Where is your store located? Garden State Plaza Mall, Paramus NJ
How many people work in your store? 5 Managers, 12 Sales Associates.
What is the weather like? Well right now it’s still cold, but we are all anxiously waiting for Spring to come!!!
What is the best thing for lunch in the area? One of our sales associate’s parents’ has a deli/market…Morano’s!!
What is your favorite piece in the store right now? The Cherry Blossom Dress..it is made of great fabric and has an amazing fit on everyone!!
How are people wearing this piece? Either by itself or looks really cute w/ skinny jeans or leggings
What is your favorite local treat? We love Ritas or Ralph’s Italian ice especially now in the spring and summer and Starbucks drinks!
What does the FP Girl do for fun? Go out with her friends to the mall, movies, bars
What else do you want us to know about your store? We all have a great time working with each other and provide GREAT customer service to all our customers!!! We all really love the brand and have so much fun working here!!

Sarin -Apr 09, 2009, 6:14PM
hello, my question is.. how old do you have to be to work at a free people store ?
pruittfpgirl -Nov 20, 2008, 2:04PM
Hey Taylor! Thanks for your comment! :) I'm afraid you will have to wait until you are 18 years old to work for Free People - but don't worry, you can always apply again in April! As for working in the store, I'm afraid I have no knowledge of it - any fpgirls working in the stores want to help me out? :) Please post! Thank you again for writing! Good luck! xox p

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jack the dog

I know you’ve met some of the home office pets in the past (see here and here) but it’s been a while. There are some new faces and they want some attention!
Jack was a rescue dog from Morris Animal Shelter in Philadelphia. Word was that he was poisoned at the age of 4 months and left to die. Poor Jack was put on hold and rejected 4 times by different families for being “too hyper.” Jack eventually found a home with Kelly, our Wholesale customer service rep. She knew he was the dog for her when she took him out to the shelter yard to play and he promptly nipped her on her behind.
Jack now lives in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia with Kelly and her family and likes to come to work on a regular basis.
Name: Jack the dog
Nickname: Just Jack, Jackalope, Jack-a-saurus Rex, Bins, Jackson
Breed: Terrier/Boxer/something very soft
Likes: Girls and raw meat. Flashlights shone on the ceiling
Dislikes: Feral cats and robbers
Favorite friends: Free People Direct girls and Indie pup (one of the other FP office dogs)… Lauren from Wholesale is his real girlfriend
Kelly says: He is the greatest puppers ever. I *heart* him

ritu -Mar 28, 2008, 6:49AM
He is an adorable looking dog. Hate to even read about atrocities committed on animals and dogs particularly are the most lovable creatures on earth. A huge hug to Jack!!
dez -Mar 27, 2008, 2:28PM
what a freakin cutie pie. I love the info on him, it made me laugh, especially the nickname Bins...ah ha ha. love it.

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I wanted to share some info about these amazing leather vintage belts we have in the March catalog. The belts are handmade by Stowe Provisions in their studio in Austin TX. Both the belt buckles and leather are hand-worked, most of the leather even hand-dyed. Their aesthetic is self-described as all about “rock n’roll and looking pretty. Check em out on Freepeople.com.

MrBarns -Feb 01, 2010, 1:59PM
what a great site and informative posts, I will add a backlink and bookmark your site. Keep up the good work!

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Here’s another download wallpaper from our FP graphic designers. Spring Leaves…
Download it from flickr and check out our archive of more images.

rawlyn -Mar 25, 2008, 6:19PM
yay! i needed a new back ground!
lisa -Mar 24, 2008, 9:45AM
cuuuuuuute lovee these

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love heals

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We’re featuring this new jewelry line in the March catalog called Love Heals. Here’s a bit from their site:
“The jewelry embodies our main passions in life: art, spirituality, nature and community service. Each piece of jewelry created is imbued with powerful talismans and sacred-charms, which we have gathered traveling the world.”
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More cool stuff: They plant 10 trees for every piece of jewelry sold. They also “are slowly creating a non-profit healing retreat center and ecological think tank” in Santa Barbara. Check out their stuff at Free People

kristy -Mar 18, 2008, 7:22PM
i love that they plant TEN trees! that's really awesome, i'm glad to see that Love Heals is taking a step towards a better future for all.

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