recycled fp catalog

On the back of our last catalog, we challenged you to recycle the paper in a creative way.
We received the most amazing note via email. One customer took our challenge and used the pages of our catalog to create this awesome jewelry. We are so impressed and surprised at how she re-purposed the book. Great job Ashley!!! You can buy these pieces and more at Ashley’s etsy store or befriend her on myspace!
Did anyone else see that challenge on the catalog? Anybody else do something creative?? Leave your email in a comment!

Sarah Svendsen -May 05, 2008, 10:03PM
This challenge inspired me to make a necklace organizer. I was so tired of untangling the mess. I made one from a fp catalog and a few more from some 30s reproduction fabric. They really work great!
Melissa -Mar 12, 2008, 10:56PM
Inspired by the message on your catalog, I decorated the very boring box holding my makeup with the Free People catalog, and some dried flowers :) Recycling is fun! check it out --->

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Another wallpaper download from our FP graphic designers. Download it from flickr and join our group!

Lauren -Feb 27, 2008, 11:28AM
wow...this is my fav so far!

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diy sequined canvas

We first posted photos of the sequined canvases when our NYC store opened. Now they are part of all of the FP stores’ spring display. A reader commented asking how to make these, and one of our talented display girls had some great advice I wanted to share with everyone.
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!

Kayla -Jun 15, 2009, 3:36AM
Hello. Would you be willing to sell one to me? I'm in love with these art pieces and I'd be so thrilled if I could purchase one? Please let me know. Thanks soooo much! Hello. Would you be willing to sell one to me? I'm in love with these art pieces and I'd be so thrilled if I could purchase one? Please let me know. Thanks soooo much! <3
Corrie Hill -Jun 30, 2008, 4:15PM
I tried to do my own version of these fabulous canvas. Check them out at

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spring display

Here’s the latest from our display team. The stores are decorated to complement our “I Want Candy” concept and the February catalog shot in India.
Spring Display is sparkly and colorful, with sequin canvases, neon lotus lanterns floating along the walls and above the tables, and hand-printed gauze fabric yardage draped on the walls. The front window’s mannequins are surrounded by a swirl of floating bright blossoms. The stores feel bright and magical and each sequin canvas catches your eye with a unique floral print appliquéd on a bed of shimmering sequins. What do you think???

michelle -Jun 07, 2010, 1:13PM
where can I find the beautiful chandeliers. I know they are made in India...where? please.
Sheila -Sep 16, 2008, 7:30PM
Hi, Could you please tell me where the chandeliers with the glass and colorful beading (they are still in the stores now) are from? Even info about which country they are imported from would be helpful. Thank you

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happy v day!

Here is one more mix CD from the Urban Outfitters Home Office Swap. This was made by Meredith, the Allocation Analyst for the Free People stores! (If you’re wondering what that means, Meredith figures out how many units of each size and color of a style get shipped to each store. She analyzes all kinds of info like what was sold the year before, how similar styles are selling currently, etc)
A note from Meredith:
“It’s called I’m With Cupid. Geddit…
I was talking with a friend this week with whom I often exchange mix cds and was asked how I usually pick my songs. I think most of the time I pick a song because it’s the music that’s emotive to me, not necessarily the sentiment. But when it comes to finding songs for Valentines I see-saw the other way around, and each of these songs kind of pull on my heartstrings. One of my favourite things about love songs is how one time you listen to them and think “AH! This is how I feel and isn’t so wonderful!” and then a week later return to it thinking “LOVE! THE MISERY!” ”
The Moth & Aimee Mann
It Could Be Sweet & Portishead
Soul Food & Martina Topley-Bird
I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good) & Nina Simone
Your Love Gets Sweeter & Finley Quaye
Apple of my eye & Ed Harcourt
(There Is) No Greater Love & Amy Winehouse
Sweet Song & Blur
All Or Nothing & Pauline Taylor
You Know So Well & Sondre Lerche
Hills & Thao Nguyen
You Do Something To Me & Paul Weller
Tomorrow on the Runway & Innocence Mission
To Be Around You (Part 1+2) & Obi
Chicago (Acoustic) & Sufjan Stevens
Munich – (Editor’s Cover) & Corinne Bailey Rae
I’ve got you & New Buffalo
What If We Do & Mia Doi Todd
When I’m Thinking About You & The Sundays

lizzie -Feb 23, 2008, 9:21PM
woow! this is an amazing list! thank you so very much for introducing me to all these new wonderful artists, especially innocence mission!

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Above are some “behind the scenes” photos from our photo shoot in India, featuring some of the people our team met along the way…
And here’s a little message and info about our featured model, Yulia.
“Say hi to all the Free People big kiss. i’m 19 years old, Born in St Petersburg, Russia but moved to London when i was 6 years old and have lived there ever since. i have been modeling for 3 years, full time for 2.
i love working with Free People because, I get to travel to amazing locations with wonderful people. We recently traveled to India to shoot a catalogue. It was beautiful, unlike any other place i’ve ever been. I love wearing the clothes and accessories, they are really fun, very comfortable and wearable in day to day life, there are pieces for every occasion. I always say that I wish their entire collection was my wardrobe. There is always a great atmosphere on set and we have a lot of fun working together. I always look forward to working with and spending time with the whole Free People crew its really a lot like hanging out with friends. big kiss yulia xx”
Check out the February catalog featuring Yulia here.

jeanc -Oct 19, 2010, 10:43AM
je suis ton amie
Jessica Calderon -Sep 26, 2009, 2:36AM
I really wish you would do another catalog like this one. It's one of my all time favorites along with December 2008. And we haven't seen Yulia in the catalogs for a while. Thanks for the beautiful catalogs FP!

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The February catalog drops today! The book was shot in Jaipur, India. Our theme for this collection is “I Want Candy” translating into yummy, sugary, candy colors and embellishments of plastic stones and gems.
We were inspired by this Japanese travel book following one single girl’s experience. You’ll notice we only used one model for this book. Her name is Yulia. Stay tuned for an interview with Yulia and some behind the scenes photos…

Liz -Apr 17, 2008, 7:05PM
Thank you! At least I will have fun trying to find one. :)
fpgirl -Feb 29, 2008, 7:40AM
Hey Liz. So I got the scoop. The team bought everything for the shoot either in India or in "little India" in Jackson Heights, Queens NY. So you might luck out if you have an Indian neighborhood in a city near you. Hope you find one!

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One more Valentine gift from our graphic designers, Free People Valentines! Download them here and mail them to your friends.

RoyalCoquette -Feb 12, 2008, 12:48AM
These are adorable! I love the old fashioned style of them. Kudos to the designer :)
Kristy -Feb 11, 2008, 4:29PM
your new catalog is absolutely, incredibly phenomenal. it's my favorite out of all the previous catalogs.

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Here is Heather’s mix for the Urban Outfitters Home Office Vday mix CD swap. She is the Free People Direct Operations Manager. Message from Heather…
“Here’s my play list for the Valentines CD Exchange. One requirement for inclusion was that all songs had to be “old enough to drink” so all of the tracks are at least 21 years old. (Actually I am only *pretty* sure this is true-so I could get busted by music nerds.) I wanted to include all of my favorite types of music, so I included classic reggae, soul, ska, country, punk etc. The tracks are all related to love in some way, whether it is unrequited love, anti-love, weird horror love, cheeky love, misbegotten love, magical love… etc. etc”
Ten Commandments (From: Man To Woman): Prince Buster
Tramp: Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
Papa Don’t Take No Mess: James Brown
Big Eight: Judge Dread
Tears of a Clown: The English Beat
Cocaine Blues (Live): Johnny Cash
Rebel Rebel: David Bowie
Pirate Love: Johnny Thunders
Hand in Glove: The Smiths (featuring Sandie Shaw)
Magic Man: Heart
Looking at You: MC5
Skulls: The Misfits
Smother Love: Crass
Steppin’ Stone: Minor Threat
Storm in My House: Minutemen
Rocket Queen: Guns N’ Roses

Sarah -Feb 11, 2008, 12:37PM
What a great playlist! Cheers Heather!

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valentine mix cd’s

This is Jenny’s mix for the Urban Outfitters Inc. Home Office CD exchange. Jenny works in Wholesale Operations for FP. Here’s a little note from Jenny.
“No, no theme. I was originally going to be all dark and bitter so as to have the Valentine’s day theme be ironic, but then I figured there was enough irony around Urban Outfitters Inc., so I just picked love-themed favs.
The track I left off was Rufus Wrainwright’s “Hallelujah,” although I’m still trying to figure out of I could put the Miracles’ “You Really Got a Hold on Me” (you might remember this song from early 80′s Sesame Street videos where Lionel Ritchie(?) sang it with a Muppet long on arms).
Also, as far as cover art goes, I did a Google image search on the first track and this is what came up. It’s from this chick’s blog So I’ll probably do a black and white version, since I have a BW laser printer and am too lazy to find a solution to the color problem. “
1. Wishing and Hoping: Ani Difranco
2. To Bring You My Love: PJ Harvey
3. Valentine: Old 97′s
4. Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for your Eyes: Kristin Andreassen
5. Day Like Any: Feist
6. Mama You Been on My Mind: Bob Dylan featuring Joan Baez
7. Laisse Tomber Les Filles: April March
8. I Told her Lies: Robbie Faulks
9. What Kind of Man are You?: Ray Charles
10. Death of Me: Tony Lucca
11. Don’t Speak: Leela James
12. Sinnerman: Nina Simone
13. Apologize: Timbaland
14. I Believe in a Thing Called Love: The Darkness
15. Ain’t No Other Man: Christina Aguilara
16. Just a Thought: Gnarls Barkley
17. With or Without You: U2
18. Just Friends: Wilco
19. Addicted to Love: Robert Palmer
20. I Know What Boys Like: The Waitresses

Here’s a gift from our graphic designers! Free People Valentine’s wallpaper. Download it for you background on our flickr group. Be sure to set up an account and join our group so you can easily see when we post new downloads…

Lauren -Feb 06, 2008, 2:29PM
Beautiful! thanks=)

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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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