Blogger Diary: Memory Lane

As you guys may have heard by now, we are opening our very first Free People store in Philadelphia this Friday! It is definitely a homecoming of sorts, as we open our doors on Walnut Street in Center City, not far from where the company began. You’ll hear much more about all the special touches we’re putting into the store over the next few days, but today Jemma, Naomi and I decided to take a field trip and head to some spots in the city that are nearest and dearest to our hearts, to shoot our own little Philly lookbook.

I knew right away what my location would be – the street where I grew up. A three story brick townhouse in the Fairmount neighborhood, walking distance from the Art Museum and just a few blocks from the stone walls of the penitentiary. A quiet, tree lined street, where the same construction truck still parks in the spot across from my old house, and marble steps climb up towards doors painted varying shades of blue, red and green.

It was a magical time in my childhood, full of block parties, neighborhood cleanups (when we’d all go out and rake leaves and clean up together), bike rides, scraped knees, and water ice from the park grocery across the street that has since closed its doors for good. Sometimes its nice to take a little trip down memory lane.

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After wearing the wingtip boots today I became slightly attached.

Stay tuned for our photos, they’ll be up later this week!

Photos by Julia.

Living in the City

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Bill Gentle and Fanny Bostrom, Brooklyn

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Lyndsay Caleo & Fitzhugh Karol, Brooklyn

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Julia Roitfeld, Manhattan

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Kate Young and Keith Abrahamsson, Manhattan

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Cindy Greene, Manhattan

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Ingrid Schram, Manhattan

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Erin Wasson, Manhattan

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Pamela Love and Jordan Sullivan, Brooklyn

Amazing New York City decor inspiration, via The Selby, of course.

There is no question that I am more of a California girl, but I grew up in a townhouse in Philly and there is something so beautiful about the brownstones in Brooklyn. That would definitely be where I’d want to live in NYC… what about you?