How To Style Shoes With Bags

I always find that accessorizing an outfit with the right shoes and bag completes the look perfectly. I oftentimes opt to buy a new bag or shoes over a new top because I like how it changes the outfit up and gives it a new personality. Adding the right accessories can really bring a look together to make perfect harmony. Here we show you what bag and shoes we like to match together with certain outfits, from a bohemian look to a more tomboy look and then a dressier look.

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FP Farmington Fall Fashion Event!

Another fun Free People store event going on this weekend!  Our Farmington store is celebrating Columbus Day Weekend with a Fall Fashion event. Spend $150 or more and get a beautiful limited edition Shibori dyed Free People bag – And, register your bag number on the facebook page after the event for a chance to win a gift card!




recycled material bags – we love!

with earth day literally just around the corner, i felt that the timing was perfect to tell you guys about some special bags we’re carrying right now that are made out of recycled materials.  not only are these bags gorgeous, but you can take comfort in knowing that they are crafted out of repurposed items like vintage military bags, vintage fabrics and old leather jackets.

the gorgeous belmont backpack by ashley watson is my favorite.  the vancouver based designer draws her inspiration from leather jackets she finds in thrift stores, and each bag is crafted from recycled leather jackets, incorporating features like pockets and seams to make them unique and special. the leather is perfectly worn and soft, carrying with it a history all its own.

ashley watson belmont backpack


i fell in love with both of these bags by foley and corinna when i saw them on sasha pivovarova in our april catalog, but i love them even more now that i know they are made from recycled and vintage materials.  dana foley and anna corinna met when they both had booths at the chelsea art and antique market in 1998 – dana sold her original creations and anna sold vintage clothing.  they joined together and started designing pieces that were both original and incorporated vintage elements.  the musette satchel is made of vintage military bags with delicate, hand-crocheted fringe, and the bora hobo is made of varying, colorful found fabrics so they are each one-of-a-kind.


foley and corinna musette satchel; bora hobo


this fanny pack is another favorite, by artists and revolutionaries – an organic and eco-friendly label based in brooklyn.  their philosophy is “to create unique handcrafted items, using eco-friendly materials and processes.” like the designers above, they use repurposed and up-cycled materials in addition to hemp and organic cottons.  the fanny pack is made of repurposed vintage leather and has unique details like buttons and pockets, and a braided belt buckle strap.


artists and revolutionaries fanny pack


happy earth day!


a couple of weeks ago a package came in the mail for me and i opened it up to find this insanely cute pair of owls that one of our fp girls in denver had made.  i immediately had to find out how she made them and she was kind enough to send me photos and instructions!

what you need:

needle & thread
2-3 fun mismatched fabrics (perfect use for an old free people bag!)
2 buttons
small piece of felt

use a paper template like this one to cut out your pieces of fabric – use different fabrics for the top and bottom to give it a fun mis-matched look! you’ll need two pieces of fabric for the top (front and back) and two pieces for the bottom (front and back).


the first thing you want to do when sewing these little guys is sew on the eyes and beak –  use buttons or felt for eyes and a felt triangle for the nose. for the smaller owls, add on a little piece of fabric at the top if you want to be able to hang it (these would be awesome christmas tree ornaments!)


get funky with this little project, the more fabrics and different things you use, the better! you can use beads, buttons, felt or embroider them.


next you want to sew the the head to the body, for the front side of the owl and the back. sew on the reverse side of the fabric, which will be on the inside of the owl.


after completing this step, you can add a thin strip of fabric to cover the spot where you sewed the top to the bottom, if you choose – just adds to the mix of patterns and looks super cute!


Finally you get to sew the front and back together! place the right sides of the fabric together and start sewing the little owl together all the way around, leaving a small opening the bottom. turn the owl inside out and  stuff the owl – you can even put a little lavender in there to make him smell beautiful!


last but not least, sew up the opening & you are finished!



thank you so much michelle!

another fun event – tomorrow at fp topanga!

C O A C H E L L A fashion show is finally here!!!

*Fashion show is April 2nd at 1pm sharp

*DJ in stores from 1-4pm

*Exclusive limited edition Free People Gift Bags with every purchase of $100 or more while supplies last (pictured above)

*Free People Feather Hair Extensions with every $50 or more while supplies last

We are so excited to have you attend our Coachella fashion show, it’s going to be a BLAST. Free People models, amazing music, and tons of new product, it doesn’t get better than that!

It’s also our store’s third BIRTHDAY so in celebration we are going to have light refreshments and tons of sweets:)

Don’t be camera shy either, we are going to have a photographer at the event to document the show for our Free People blog

Come early to the event so you don’t miss out!

Can’t wait to see you at the show :)

XOXO Free People Topanga


tie dye is my bag

how cool are these tie dye bags? we are using these as packaging for the vintage loves collection and i think they are so beautiful –  plus they were made with love by some of our fp girls right here at the home office.

the ingredients:

dye in shades of fuchsia, orange, yellow, purple, turquoise and green!

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bags of various sizes and lots of rubber bands!


various tying techniques…


time to dye!

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they let the bags sit overnight so the dye sets in.


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next step – rinsing!

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hang me out to dry…

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and… ta da!

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i love it! i have a plain white free people bag that i think needs to be tie dye :)

new love

we are completely obsessed with these adorable ikat boho sacks, specially  made for free people by cleobella.  they just might be the best beach bags i’ve ever seen!

take a closer look at the fabric and colors, they’re really beautiful:





i will definitely be purchasing one of these beauties, the only problem is deciding which one!

which color do you guys like best??

check them out online here.