collective dreaming

we are currently carrying some awesome jewelry by dream collective, a line by kathryn bentley that is inspired by a more primitive era and indigenous cultures. she creates her pieces using rudimentary elements such as oxidized brass and bone, wood and antique african beads resulting in jewelry that has a very raw, earthy feel. the pieces we are carrying are from her braille collection, featuring a raised pattern that gives them a rich texture perfect for layering with each other or other accessories.

they also lend themselves well to photography :) i took some photos of the pieces around the office today, and mixed in are some images from the dream collective lookbook and tumblr. i definitely recommend checking out the tumblr, full of images from the designer’s travels and things that inspire her.

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the dream collective pieces we are carrying are the braille cuff, scattered dot bangles, braille bangles and braille band ring.

fp greenwich style

check out fp girls taylor and haley of our greenwich store, rocking outfits they styled with some of our new items!

left: cropped bib tee, fp cargos, convertible traveler’s bag; right: shadow maxi cardi, eyelet dress, fp bra.

left: first bloom maxi dress, cropped trench coat, ombre braided belt; right: windows on the world top, printed wideleg pant.

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window on the world top, into your heart tank, printed chiffon maxi skirt.

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left: rugby tunic, eyelet scalloped short, chantilly trim sock; right: rugby tunic, macaroni dress

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left: floral fields wideleg pant, fine gauge top, sinclair sunglasses; right:snappy florals buttondown, polka dot short, tyler cinched hat.

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left: bow back cardi, seamless cap sleeve, lacey pedals layering skort; right: floral fields wideleg pant, fine gauge top, sinclair sunglasses.

looks like they had a blast, and they look lovely :)

inspiration from our fans

our fans never cease to inspire me! here’s a batch of awesome photos from our facebook page

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one of our fans made these amazing quilt-like signs for her specialty boutique that carries free people!

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some beautiful and inspiring images created by our fan rhoda.

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reader bridget made sweet valentines inspired by this post.

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and alissa attempted the umbrella chandeliers – with amazing results!!

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becky gave her dresser a makeover by painting and decoupaging it!

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and i could not resist posting this awesome photo from jani of her alphabet soup :)

desk space

i could spend hours wandering around our building checking out peoples’ desks… each one is like a window into who that person is – what they love and choose to surround themselves with and the things that inspire them when they’re creating.  here are just a few of the amazing desk spaces from around the office…

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more signs of spring!

here in philly we’re dreaming of spring and so are our fp girls all around the country… here are some great photos from our stores to give you more spring outfit and color inspiration!

planting flowers in walnut creek, california.

cute floral pant street style spotted by our 5th avenue girls.

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bright colors and balloons in austin domain for valentine’s day…

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…and some style inspiration and spring display photos from austin downtown.

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style inspiration from portland.

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displays going up in denver

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…and in dallas.

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summery outfit inspiration from south coast plaza.

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and some inspiration from santa barbara :)

what are you in love with?

valentine’s day isn’t just about your significant other…it’s a celebration of all the things we love in life- even the simplest things.  here are some of the things we’re in love with right now!

“i’m in love with my new ring!” – graphic designer

“i’m in love with lipstick! especially my new orange one…and i cant wait till spring to wear the pink one.” – office coordinator

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“i love japanese masking tape….it comes in such pretty colors and patterns.” – graphic designer

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“girl scout cookies!!!!!” – everyone

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“i’m in love with these flowers my friend sent me.” – director of design and image

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“i love my cat!” – designer

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“i love america…i just moved here from london!” – designer

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“i love these sweet cards a co-worker sent me…the bunny on the left below is wearing a little piece of one of my knits!” – designer

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“i love shrunken denim jackets like this one on our creative director! i’m going to buy this one.” – creative design assistant

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“i love really old vintage valentines! the free library (in philly) has some that you can look at but they’re so old you’re not allowed to touch them.” – creative director

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“my dog monster is my valentine :)” – designer

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tell me, what are you in love with right now?

guest blog post: shooting our february catalog

Hi! I’m Free People’s creative design assistant and February guest blogger! I consider myself lucky, because I get to help with the creative process in developing the image of Free People, and also have my hand in styling.  I work directly under our creative director, who is best described as creative sunshine.

our creative director on our February catalog shoot preparing for the next shot.

Ok, so here are some tidbits from this catalog’s creation process: the concept was first outlined and sketched in a notebook by our creative director.

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Here are some tears that were collected for inspiration on how we’d like the shoot to go before we get on location.

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Finally shooting day arrives and the end result is like magic!

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stay tuned for more posts from me this month, and check out my personal blog here!

office style, etc…

one of our stylists…i love the outfits she puts together!

some mannequins hanging out in the home office looking stylish.

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beautiful floral and lace combo.

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our spring store displays are in the process of going up, i’ll show you some pics next week – they’re beautiful!

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one of our designers looks awesome in leopard shoes, flares, a peasant top and poncho.

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beautiful jewelry…

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designers at work.

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the back of this sweatshirt is awesome!

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color.

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i so need to do this with a pair of my jeans.

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my sister, wearing head-to-toe fp- the viscose voile slip, blank denim shirt, linx layering necklace and encke buckle boots :)

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i’m in love with this bag… look for it in our february catalog!

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xoxo

an interview with jason lee parry

shooting our february catalog

our february catalog was shot by another personal favorite of mine – jason lee parry. he has a talent for telling a story through his photography, making him the perfect choice for our february catalog and its love story theme. he lives in LA and his photographs evoke all the things i love about southern california – hazy sunshine, carefree days and wild nights, a cool edginess to the air and endless summer attitude.

here’s some of his amazing work, which you may recognize as its been posted all over the blogosphere :)

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the one of the girl on the skateboard is one of my favorite photos ever. so you can imagine my excitement when jason was kind enough to answer some questions for the blog!

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how was your experience working with free people?

it was a great experience. they gave me full creative freedom which is very important… the team was wonderful, super professional but fun at the same time. the kind of people you would go grab a drink with outside of the shoot. thank you free people for a great shoot!

is there a certain photo from the shoot that you’re particularly proud of?

i like the one of jessica (lou) walking on the beach with the sun coming through her legs, of noot (meadow) dancing in front of the window at night with the tambourine in hand, and the one of martha (ginger) twirling in the red shoes with the sun at her back. i like them all though. they have a real sense of summer, freedom and flirtatiousness which fit the love stories very well..

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when did you know you wanted to be a photographer? what photographers have influenced you?

as a child i traveled a lot and was visually stimulated by the things i saw so i wanted to recreate images i had seen in my past. i was fifteen when i got hooked… i love how photography tells a story with one picture and everyone, including myself, can interpret it differently. the instant gratification of photography will always keep me interested. guy bourdin is one of my main influences.

do you have a routine when preparing for a shoot?

i am constantly visualizing and thinking up ideas. i take my shoots very seriously. the night before i can’t sleep usually, i’m up visualizing each shot, sometimes creating a full storyboard. i used to stay in my tent in my living room and drink whiskey for days on in, that’s when the ideas really start to flow for me.

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what is the most important thing you’ve ever learned about being a successful photographer?

it is very important for me to take jobs that reflect my personal style. bringing everything to the table every time no matter what it pays. i think its extremely important to make the client and models feel very comfortable, playing music during the shoot, having a glass of wine with the crew if need be. also going over every last detail with the client so we are both on the same page, leaving only good surprises with the end result…

what do you like to do when you’re not working?

make my own beer, read about conspiracy theories, road trips…in particular back roads, poetry, go camping,  surround myself with interesting people.

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what are some of your favorite spots in LA?

my home in silver lake, driving in topanga canyon, drinking in the hills by the griffith observatory, cafe stella, footsies, the roost, ye rustic inn,  el prado, good luck bar,  tiki ti…the less people the better. but my favorite thing is drinking in my parked car before i go into my favorite bars. i hate walking in to a bar completely sober!

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shooting our february catalog

mr. parry, i like your style… go see more of his awesome work here. thank you jason!!!

photos from our catalog shoot taken by our videographer and creative design assistant :)