guest post from NYC: jack is in his corset, jane is in her vest…

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…and me i’m in a rock and roll band.

Actually, my name is Liz. I am a young designer, a recent graduate from Parsons The New School for Design, and a current associate at Free People in Soho, NY. I started crocheting these vests this past year and asked some of the Free People girls to rock them for me.

This past season I looked to craft and the charm in handmade objects for inspiration. I had just moved into my new loft in Brooklyn, NY and found my place was a collection of crafts. My most prized possession is a yellow chevron pattern crocheted blanket my mom made when I was young. I owe all of my talent to my mom, who taught me how to crochet. As for the vest itself, I focused on creating a piece that would complete every outfit in my closet. My style is that similar to that of the Free People girl. I look to Pamela Love and Erin Wasson for style inspiration, who both share that endearing, yet individualized free-spirited vibe. I feel like a vest is something you can wear year round: in the winter, I’m always looking for another layer and in the summer, it’s great with a tank and shorts or just over a bathing suit!

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thank you so much for sharing liz!!! not only did you quote one of my favorite songs but the vests are amazing and i’m insanely jealous of your rooftop garden…xoxo

summer swing giveaway!!!

summer is right around the corner and to celebrate, we have a giveaway that you will want to use every day until the cold creeps back in – our display team has donated one of the incredible swings from our new summer install and one lucky reader will get to call it their own!

these swings are completely sturdy and usable, with wooden slats as a base and colorful netting to cover it with. as with many of our displays, our team drew inspiration from india, where our senior store designer spends half of each year. the netting, trimmed with beads, pompoms and tassels, is the same kind that is draped over the backs of camels in india.  the rope used to hang the chair is also the same kind as camel reins in india, and consists of colorful string carefully wrapped around thick rope. we used similar pieces on the camel in our august 2010 catalog shoot and the same netting was used on the horse in our march catalog shoot!

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camel in jodhpur, india

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left- august 2010 catalog; right – march 2010 catalog

i can just imagine this swing on the front porch of a house or hanging from the limbs of a tree in the backyard of one of our devoted readers… dreaming the summer days away, reading, listening to music and swinging gently in the summer air.

and not only are you getting one of the coolest store display pieces EVER, you also get something that is quite symbolic of the free people aesthetic. this swing is truly special!

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TO ENTER:

1. fill out the brief form located on our facebook page here.

2. at the bottom of the form, make sure you “like” us on facebook

3. come back to the blog and leave a comment on this post letting us know you’ve completed the steps!*

*the winner will be selected at random from the comments on this post – make sure to leave your email address so we can contact you!

the giveaway will remain open for one week- a winner will be selected wednesday june 1st.

the swing will come with all the pieces you need to hang it, as well as instructions.

good luck!

Brimfield Photo Diary

Some of our buyers have just come back from Brimfield’s one of the world’s largest flea markets. It’s in Massachusetts and happens 3 times a year May 8-13, July 10-15, and September 4-9.

Here are some pictures they took and wanted to share with you!

It’s unbelievable the amount of great things you can find there with so much history and stories behind them.

Have any of you guys been?

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summer store displays!

i’m so excited to show you our new summer store displays now that they’ve been installed in all of our stores! these photos are from the opening of our new houston galleria store.

here at the navy yard our display team gets to work painting straw baskets! these photos make you realize just how much hard work and crafting they do…

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ombre rope dying for what will be a very cool part of the display!

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the new store space is like a blank canvas about to be brought to life.

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the display team works their magic with the ombre rope to create an amazing macrame wall installation!

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the opposite wall is adorned with this incredible rope tapestry pieced together with yarn, pom-poms and trims from india.

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the delicate “sari dori” display that drapes from the ceiling is made of strips of fabric from indian saris strung together.

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i love all the beautiful dark wood.

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the bottoms of the baskets have been painted with neon colors and hung on the walls and above the cash-wrap as lights! so awesome.

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they’re also great for holding plants :) which leads me to my favorite part of the new displays…

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the window display, where these incredible swings live! i would kill to have one of these at my beach house. i mean really…

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so beautiful.  and stay tuned, because i have not one but two amazing pieces of the summer displays to give away on the blog… trust me, you don’t want to miss this one ;)

color inspiration from morocco

our lead designer for color and print just returned from a research trip to morocco and shared these amazing photos of color inspiration from her travels. ever since last year’s april catalog (shot in morocco) i have been dying to go there, and these images are making me want to even more so…

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so, so beautiful.

inspiration: mood boards

i love mood boards…especially when they incorporate objects and fabrics in addition to just images. i think its why i’m always so drawn to my coworkers’ desk spaces, as they’re each like a little personal mood board. here are some that i’ve collected from around the web.

pamela love:

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charlotte ronson:
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nicholas k:
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rag and bone:
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rodarte:
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erin wasson:
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marchesa:
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i think i need to re-organize my desk space… again.

image sources: the selby, mr. newton, the cut and style.com

fp corte madera

i may be biased by my love for san francisco and marin county, but our new store in corte madera, california is stunningly beautiful.  here are some gorgeous photos taken by our visual display manager on the west coast!

the view of san fran from marin county.

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our storefront at the village at corte madera.

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i love the stack of fabric covered suitcases!

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i love this photo :)

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display details.

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our fp girls created a beautiful “white shop” in the area of the store with this gorgeous tiled floor, keeping the theme of the white story currently on our website! looks lovely.

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and this…is just amazing.

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the colorful central display is illuminated by the sky light above it on sunny days.

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can you guess what day this photo was taken?

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one of our fp girls puts the finishing touches on a display…and the checklist is complete!

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and i had to include this photo… this is the superintendent dave who helped our team with the opening, standing next to a sign he made (that did not stay up long). love it :)

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one more shot of the beautiful bridge… congrats to our team for another awesome store, i can’t wait to visit next time i’m out there!