I’m totally inspired by this tutorial on childhood flames for artfully shredding a t-shirt. Check out her blog for the step by step, or just checkout the video. It takes hours, but looks amazing!
I went around the office today and asked “What is your favorite song right now?”
Here are the answers I got, with links to Youtube or Myspace where you can hear the song. I learned about a lot of artists I had never heard before, as well as re-listening to some old favorites!
Autumn Almanac by The Kinks
Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks
Jersey Thursday by Donovan
Maggie May by Rod Stewart
Starstruck by Santogold
For the Widows in Paradise by Sufjan Stevens
Cross Your Fingers by Laura Marling
Harvest Moon by Neil Young
Open Your Heart by Will Oldham
Live Your Life by Rihanna featuring T.I.
Electric Feel by MGMT
Womanizer by Britney Spears
Sex on Fire by Kings of Leon
Revelry by Kings of Leon
Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow by Alan Jackson
Ice Cream by New Young Pony Club
You Are What You Love by Jenny Lewis
Right as Rain by Adele
Derek by Animal Collective
I Can See Myself Alone Forever by The Field Mice
Ragged Wood by The Fleet Foxes
The Funeral by Band of Horses
Run to Your Grave by The Mae Shi
Sunday Nite in Glasgow by Dj Adam Sparkles
Daydream Lily posted this image of a beach on Thailand. I’ve never been there, but I want to go just to witness this!
They release these lanterns on the beach as a symbol of good luck. How beautiful!
A hearty congratulations to our Free People Fashion Illustration Contest winner, Tuesday Mourning of South Pasadena, California! Hooray!
All of the entries we received were so special, it was really really difficult to pick a winner! You guys are an exceptionally talented bunch, and we had never gotten so many gorgeous illustrations by email and snail-mail before! Thank you so very much to everyone who participated! We truly enjoyed seeing your work!
Since we loved all the entries so much, we are currently in the process of saving them all in a set on our Flickr account, so be sure to check them out!
Well, first off I would like to apologize for the lack of a poll last week, and a late poll this week! Last week I am afraid I didn’t notice it was Thursday until it already had become Friday! (I’m so embarrassed!) Then this week I wondered if the polls had perhaps become obsolete – but now I am happy to announce the return of the Thursday Poll in full force, due to popular demand! Hooray! Next week we will be back to normal, with the Thursday Polls showing up on Thursday!
For our fun little Friday poll this week, I wanted to ask you all about jeans, since lately I have been thinking about jean fits. It seemed to me that for a while, flared jeans went ‘out’ and skinny tight jeans were the only style that was ‘in.’ But lately I’ve noticed jeans of all styles and fits are coming ‘in’, and I love the variety!
Shown below are our FP Skinny Denim Jeans, which are a good example of the skinny & straight fit.
Here we have our Distressed Flare Jean by Pratt’s, shown in blue. They are a nice example of a flared or bootcut style of jean.
Finally, below are our FP Stretch Wide-Leg Jeans, which exemplify the wide-leg or boyfriend style of jeans.
So which fit do you prefer to wear?
A friend of Free People recommended I check out this great company that donates part of their proceeds to the Louis Animal Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to placing animals that have not yet found their humans in loving homes.
Found My Animal sells these beautiful leashes made by New England rope makers, the strong rope being a great alternative to leather. The leashes also feature bronze hardware and brass tags stamped with FOUND, and each is numbered to keep track of the number of animals that have been helped.
Check out their site for more info and pictures of cute doggies!
Last week was very exciting here at Free People, because we opened our first We The Free store! Many of us from the home office were able to pop up and check it out, and our Design Director Doub snapped a few pictures to share with you! I can’t wait to go and see it for myself!
If you are in New York, please come visit We The Free at 113 Smith Street in Brooklyn!
I love this video of Getz & Gilberto singing The Girl from Ipanema in a movie from 1964. Vintage, beautiful!
Check out this awesome photo essay by David Friedman! He tells about it best: I shot these photos at a denim factory in Kentucky that specializes in distressing high-end jeans for a few top designers. I used to scoff at paying a premium for jeans that come with holes in them already. Then I saw just how much work goes into distressing jeans, and I realized that these people are artists. You can’t just have any loose threads, you have to have the right loose threads. They can’t just be faded. They have to be the right color. A lot of work goes into making these jeans look just right.
I put my favorite shots below – click here to see the whole essay on David’s blog!
We went to Lexington, VA…we stayed in that big beautiful house!!! (owned by our Art Director’s friend) We didn’t have to go far for great photos, and we got to have a cook out with the whole “family”… We made some new friends…..Stoney (the husky) and Noodge (the kitty…because he likes to nudge you with his head)…Virginia was gorgeous. Nobody wanted to leave!
See the whole catalog here.