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another puppy to introduce you guys to! say hello to gus, who lives with our creative director. he’s quite a character- he explored every inch of our office and just wanted to say hello to everyone and help out!

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i love his collar!

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our vintage team was working on something and gus wanted to help…

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but our graphic designer had to take him back upstairs so he wasn’t in the way :)

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see ya gus! nice meeting you!

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it’s been a long day :) happy friday!

fp travels in stockholm

remember when i posted about some of our fp girls in paris the other day? well they also went to stockholm and met up with swedish blogger minna of the blog vintage (a love story). minna posted about it on her blog and i wanted to share some of her beautiful photos along with a translation of her post about their day in stockholm!

On Friday we had a very nice day, the sun was shining, we had toasted sandwiches for breakfast and then we got dressed and went to Skeppsholmen to pick up three girls from Philadelphia – they are designers for the brilliant brand Free People, and made a one-day stop in Stockholm during an inspirational trip to Europe.

Some of the stores we visited were Beyond Retro, Tjallamalla, Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair and Lisa Larson.

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Then we went to one of the coolest stores in Stockholm, Unionville. The Free People girls were clearly impressed by the shop and studio.

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Douglas showed us bits of turquoise and gold, which they dug up in the Nevada desert.

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At Unionville the sound is a mix of vinyl, thumps of a hammer, the drone of a chewing machine and creaking floors, and smells of denim.

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for lunch we ate at Nytorget Urban Deli.

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Kristal was wearing a terribly beautiful vintage necklace from a shop in NY.

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On to Judith for more shopping! Beautiful as always with pink roses and GW Persson.

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At Beyond Retro at Zinc, we found an amazing 40’s dress – it had everything, model, color, fabric, details!

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In the evening we had drinks and food at Heather’s.

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Then we said goodbye …now I really know where Free People’s fabulous clothes come from. They have designers that feel genuine and very different from each other in many ways, and perhaps that is precisely what makes the result so very very good.

thank you so much minna for your kind words and this sweet post! view the post on her blog here.

from jemma: dear diary, this is camden town

Today I headed to Camden to soak up a little bit of Indie rock/ punk culture. It fascinates me every time. I turned up the Foals as I walked up Camden road and soaked in the sub culture that has evolved there. There is a huge punk culture mixed in with a little mod. Expect to see girls and guys wearing Dr martins everywhere or girls adopting that Dita Von Teese look.

It will sure enliven you.

I headed to my favorite cafe the spiral lounge. An all raw and organic cafe which has a beautiful view over the canal – bought my favorite smoothie of almonds, spinach, avocado, wheatgrass, spirulina, chia and xylitol then headed into the hustle and bustle of the Camden stables.

I love vintage shopping in Camden, I always find great things in Episode. There was so many fashion trends that evolved in London which makes for extremely great vintage shopping. The mods, the rockers and the punks! Now all these fashion movements from bygone eras have cumulated into an assortment of eclectic fashions.

The fashion here is influenced by grungy music and indie rock. Long known for its music heritage, certain pubs are favorite meeting spots for local musicians such as Amy Winehouse. There are many live music venues from various pubs to the famous Jazz Cafe, KoKo & The Roundhouse theatre. Boys walk around in the tightest of skinny jeans while girls look they have been rocking out hard to bands all night.

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At mid afternoon I headed to The Hawley Arms, where you can experience great British pub food and the indie culture all-in-one. Amy Winehouse is a local while Kelly Osbourne, Katy Perry and the like pop their heads in now and again.

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Today was inspiring for sure, the weather is mild and my mind is ticking over time. After some lentil soup, rose wine and my friend flooding the bathroom – I’m ready for some sleep!

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i am completely in love with our latest vintage loves vignette, “namaste!” the selection of indian printed dresses, worn denim and woven bags are right up my alley.  i especially love the length of a lot of the dresses and that they’re shorter for going into spring and summer. perfect summer festival dress, anyone?!?

coincidentally, one of our fp girls came in today wearing a vintage dress just like the ones above! i love how she styled it with a wide belt and boots.

lou just happened to be walking by and we couldn’t resist putting her in the photo :)

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and since its not quite warm enough yet, these dresses look awesome paired with tights, boots and a faux fur jacket too!

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and here is our amazing vintage team at the vignette shoot, being awesome:

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namaste!

wednes-diy

i made my first vintage loves purchase the other week and i was so happy when it arrived in its lovely little tie dye bag! i totally forgot about them! i adore the colors and i want to be able to use it as a tote bag this summer, so i decided i’d add a handle!

this is super easy. all you need is a needle and thread, and whatever you want to use for the handle. i used a fabric belt that was part of an old coat i don’t even have anymore, but for some reason i kept the belt.

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i sewed the strap onto the inside of the bag, below the drawstring – i wanted to still be able to pull the bag closed with the drawstring.

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and that’s it!

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in case you missed it, check out our post from this summer when we showed you how we make the tie-dye bags!

thursday poll – edition 133

did you guys know we have a vintage loves lookbook? featuring one of our beautiful stylists and a cute little pup called georgie :) which of these looks do you guys like best?

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and here are last week’s results:
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vintage tees are here!

if there was one article of vintage women’s clothing i was going to collect, it would be vintage tshirts. i love them and can never get enough…  each one is a little piece of history.  the ones i own each have a story behind them that makes them incredibly special… a bar in somer’s point NJ where my parents used to hang out, a tom petty shirt from his “last dance with mary jane” tour that a boyfriend gave to me and is full of holes , a pink floyd tee i found in brooklyn, and my favorite- and perhaps the most random – a tshirt my uncle picked up in wyoming years ago that ended up in my mom’s possession, and now mine.

so when i found out we’d be selling vintage t-shirts as part of our vintage loves collection, you can imagine how excited i was. our vintage buyer did an amazing job hand picking these rare and perfectly broken in tshirts… i’ll admit it, i bought two the moment they went on sale… check them all out here!

you should also check out our homepage right now, it’s pretty neat :)

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…three potato four.

i never heard of it until our graphic designer mentioned it as one of her favorite vintage stores, where she finds some of the awesome stuff in her home.

then today i was getting coffee and saw a flyer for a barn sale the store is holding this weekend and i checked out the website… now i know one thing i’m doing saturday!

the shop is full of hand-picked vintage treasures ranging from books, signs, glass bottles and mugs to blankets, furniture and other various oddities.  plus it’s owned by a sweet married couple with two adorable little kids :)  check out their blog too, where they post shop updates and cute family photos.

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this is the first barn sale they’re holding – as a change from having normal hours, they will have one of these every month. check out their website for more info!

holiday book chapter two: treasures

“twinkling gems add a dusting of mysterious wonder to your outfit. hang with admiration on your wall like a cherished piece of artwork. exquisite pieces for gifts, and for your loved ones to treasure.”

chapter two focuses on gift items so special we consider them treasures…  vintage chainmail evening bags, statement jewelry and delicate lace slips so beautiful you almost won’t want to wear them. The treasures were photographed in philadelphia by rene micheli.

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i love this shot of the bags from our vintage loves collection too:

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view the catalog online here, and shop our vintage treasures here.

back to the garden

i have a really wierd obsession with woodstock.  i wasn’t even alive back then but it pains me to think i wasn’t able to be a part of that experience.  our vintage buyer took a trip to bethel, new york,  and brought back some photos of the festival site and her friend’s place – i nearly died when i saw them. one day i will get there.

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this is duke – he went to woodstock in ’69 and never left! he now gives tours of the festival grounds.

and here’s her friend’s amazing home…

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yeah, i would never leave either.

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!

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various tying techniques…

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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 :)