drawing by Scott Avett
We would like to introduce you to the talented photography team that has recently been working with us on both our website and catalogs. They call themselves Cracker Farm and they are super fun to work with! We asked them to tell us their five most favorite things, and this is what they had to say…
1-Daz, their poor doggie that is no longer with them.
2-The Avett Brothers
4-Morrocan Sleeping Pants… they got these amazing pants in Morocco when they did a photoshoot for Free People last year.
And this is Chief Butter, a favorite photo that they took.
So check out their links!!!
It’s all about the handpainted accessories! Check out our Pool Party Nailpolish with cute color names like Rockets are Red and Shocker in Pinktown. Handpainted hairclamps and sunglasses too! Both the nailpolish and sunglasses were handpainted by local Philly artists. Remember when I asked for crafty girls in the Philly area?
Wanted to show you a little “behind the scenes” on the photography process from our India shoot. A bunch of the photos were actually taken with a Polaroid camera. The film had this really cool black black border with punctured holes. Stay tuned for more info on the photography, as I will introduce you to our photographers!
In preparation for our March catalog, the creative team gathered tons of images for inpiration from India. The book drops this week, so check your mailboxes and stay tuned to the web for the digital version. Check out the “behind the scenes” video!
These are the perfect tights for when the weather starts getting warm (if that ever happens). The big open crochet will keep you cool, and they’re made of mostly cotton so they will breathe nicely. Won’t be hot and sticky like nylon tights…
We like these worn as regular footless tights, or styled pulled down over your heels. It continues the line of your legs and makes them look longer, instead of being cut off at the ankle. We’re calling this look the “open toe” tights. Sounds better than “toeless” tights, right?
Check em out here…
This sounds like an exotic camping trip. Rent one of these vintage Airstream trailers on the Isle of Wight off the southern coast of England. The five girls that run vintage vacations are operating 5 trailers and counting on a working rural farm out there. And each trailer is decorated and stocked with vintage accoutrements, complete with old school reading material tidley winks.
We have been working on these for a long time, and they are finally ready for you! We fell in love with a vintage umbrella we bought on ebay and have worked to replicate the shape, and then of course add those special Free People touches…
The umbrella is really great quality, made by a fantastic umbrella company. It’s smaller than your typical umbrella, but supported by 16 ribs instead of 12 (that gives it the vintage look). We designed the screen print on the heavy weight nylon and here in Philly, we added the strips of fabric woven through the inside.
I think the natural color makes a perfect parasol for sunny days too! Check em out here…
This basket is so perfect for the city girl with a bike. Called the “Carrie” designed by Marie-Louise Gustafsson for Design House Stockholm, it’s available this spring. They sell to quite a few design stores in the states, so maybe you can call the one closest and beg them to order it. The best part is, the basket is easily removable and doubles as a shopping basket. Very handy for grocery shopping or the farmers market…
Found via Oh Joy!
Preen is a new fashion mag that just launched and will be produced on a bi-monthly basis (that means once every two months, right?). So far, I’m into their aesthetic and like that it only costs $5.99. Because all of the other good magazines are $20. They seem to get that free spirited fashion enthusiast that’s not so into all the “high fashion” glitter. After I get through it, I’ll be sure to share some of the treasures I find among the pages. For now check out this short video intro they did…
A Free People coworker introduced me to this blog Dirty Sugar Cookies (thanks Heather!) and I just think it’s hilarious. You may know Ayun Halliday from her monthly columns in Bust or her quarterly zine, East Village Inky. But it turns out she has some culinary skills and a few books under her belt as well. I like that she posts random photos loosely connected to the recipe she’s presenting, and her “borscht on tumeric” color scheme truly burns your eyes.
I love this entry on love forever about paper. I’ve noticed how paper art has been in the artistic consciousness more this year than in the past, from art exhibits to store displays (think Tord Boontje for Target!). And now that trend is moving a step ahead into more sculptural ideas. The mixed prints in these tears are so great. The way they have been used in interiors also makes me think of the popularity of wall paper and decals.
Definitely check out the blog love forever. She just posted a nice reflection on the art of blogging. And I agree, the act of blogging is totally related to craft and DIY!