“In this modern age everything, everywhere seems to lead the senses outward and away from oneself. Don’t be afraid of quiet. Find the time for peace and introversion, and life will have new meaning.”
~ “The way of Tea” by Aaron Fisher
This Holiday I spent some quality time with my family. They flew here from Wales and brought with them a new light; I took a step back and soaked in some quiet – we took peaceful walks around New York where my eyes were wide open looking for unexpected beauty. And, we snuggled on the sofa with our tummies full of hearty foods until we drifted asleep. Christmas goes way too fast, don’t you think? But hey, another celebration is soon to come, New Years Eve and then a brand new year to look forward too!
For the 1950s portion of our holiday catalog “Through the Decades,” our team shot in-studio in NYC with photographer Alexei Hay, and model Elsa Hosk was the picture-perfect pin-up :) Here’s a peek behind the scenes!
Our limited edition dresses have launched online and in our special pop-up shops! The Pop-Up shops are at our Brentwood, CA and 5th Ave, NYC stores through Sunday and we held special preview parties at both stores last night. Here are some photos of the beautiful pop-up shops that our visual display team designed, the lovely ladies who attended the events, and of course the magical gowns!
Calling all artists, fashion, and design junkies!! Do you love to create inviting atmospheres? Do you constantly add touches of detail to transform a space? Do you understand the Free People brand thoroughly and love the aesthetic, constantly trying to recreate it in your own world?
Free People is looking to hire a District Visual Manager for its Wholesale division to manage all aspects of merchandising for their specific region. The role requires a highly motivated, energetic, and organized individual, who can drive sales through creative ideas and analysis of what works.
Role & Responsibility:
Training and Development:
Educate and motivate sales associates, specialists and management in each store within the region about the product, sales goals and merchandising objectives
Build the Free People Clientele through customer service and leading by example in the Free People Shop
Train associates on how to build multiple sales and use the directives as a guide for putting key looks together
Merchandise the floor space to reflect the Free People Corporate image based on the current trend of the season
Communicate and establish effective relationships with visual managers, merchandise managers, selling managers and sales staff to create the Free People Image
Utilize and pass out visual lookbooks and directives to ensure our images are being recreated within the department store environment
Consistent communication with store management regarding floor space, numbers analysis, selling events and review of specialist performance
Analyze and communicate weekly goals to each store of responsibility
Review allocations to your individual stores and communicate any issues
Submit competitive recaps and detailed weekly recaps
Interested in being in the thick of the business of fashion? Dying to be a huge asset to a brand growing at a rapid pace? Are you super motivated, ambitious, a fast learner and a fashion and social media junkie with her finger on the pulse of the industry? If so, this could be the opportunity you’ve been seeking.
Free People is hiring an Assistant to the Managing Director of Wholesale! If you’re stylish, organized, good with numbers, and this sounds like your dream job, you just might want to apply. Click here for more details. And, check out a day in the life below:
Could this be you….?
8:00AM: Jump off the subway in the shoes you picked up at the sample sale this past weekend.
8:05AM: Stop into your favorite café to grab a large coffee (you’re gonna need it) and Greek yogurt before heading into the office.
8:15AM: Get to your desk and get organized for the long (but fun) day ahead. You check up on email to make sure that none of the international stores emailed you with urgent matters throughout the night.
9:05AM: What’s this? Free People’s favorite boutique in San Francisco placed an order at the tradeshows, and now they’d like to double it? Great! Forward to your coworker, and then get back to pulling sales data for your boss. Thank god you’re an Excel expert ;)
9:45AM: Big meeting on the calendar at 10! Have to get all of your things together!
11AM: Post meeting time to organize your notes and email the international wholesale team to check up on some of the topics covered. It looks like they’ll be having market visits with big buyers and we want them to have the samples for next Spring to show.
12PM: Short break! Bruno’s dying to go out, and you’ve been running around all morning. First you stop to get a greek salad and green tea, then you head out to walk him for a short bit.
12:45PM: Back to work. You have to put together some packets that will be going out to wholesale’s clients.
1:30PM: Another meeting. This time you’re meeting with your boss and other coworkers about a strategy for getting the upcoming capsule collection into key stores. This takes a lot of analyzing past numbers and behaviors which you’ve been preparing for the past few days. You take notes for her during the meeting, so that she doesn’t miss a thing.
2:30PM: You update your boss’s twitter – she asks you to do this sometimes when she’s crazy busy.
2:35PM: Yikes! Don’t forget you have to book her flight for next month (and also don’t forget she’s a vegetarian – you’ll want to select the vegetarian option for her).
3:30PM: Wow your eyes hurt from staring at these spreadsheets…check and see what today’s special is at the café. It’s pretzel day?! Time to grab Suzy and hit that up. Bruno will appreciate the added walk =P
3:45PM: Back to updating our best sellers. That’s so interesting that they ordered so many of that top. You wouldn’t think that it would be right for their customer. Hm..maybe you’ll want to have somebody check up on this.
4:30PM: Adding some appointments to your boss’s calendar. She needs to meet with Joe, Bob, and Heather about performance in the UK.
5PM: The phone rings. It’s her daughter, let her know she’s on the phone and pass her through.
6:00PM: End of day email check. It looks like you have to begin organizing a showroom appointment for October. You can start that tomorrow, but don’t forget to make a note in your color-coded calendar so you don’t forget!
6:15PM: What? It’s after six already!? You need to email Rachel very quickly to see what ever happened with those samples. Then you’ll get going! Hmm…what should you wear tomorrow?
Is this you? Click here for more details and to apply – this position is located in New York City.
New York Fashion Week is over, and while I don’t really consider myself to be the most fashionable person, I still like to check out the shows online and follow some of the behind the scenes coverage on tumblr. And beyond just the fashion inspiration, I found myself saving so many photos of hair styles! I doubt I’d be able to tame my mess of hair to look like any of these but it’s still great inspiration… Read More
During every fashion week the streets come alive with bright colours, glorious prints and rich textures. The sidewalks come alive and show respect to high fashion. We headed to Lincoln centre to see what we could capture; here are some of our best shots of the day!
New York fashion week is still under way and we still have a buzz from our fashion night out!
New York definitely pulled out all stops for this Fashion event, the streets were crazy, and inside our free
People store the atmosphere was high energy as well. We got to mingle with our customers
and celebrate our Fall collection with them. Those mini cupcakes made by bakedbymelissa went down a treat two.
Tomorrow we have the official DIY of the Honestly WTF bracelets and Thursday more Street Style from outside New York Fashion week!!!
Here are some of our store girls in beautiful Free People clothes
our fashion night out event is happening this thursday! everyday leading up to the event we will be featuring one of our girls from here in our home office and why they love NYC! Come join us for a fashion bonanza!
A preppy cool, is what I’m chasing for fall – lots of tweeds, cool denim and brogues. I’m loving the thought of Annie Hall mixed with a sweet Francoise Hardy. Velvet in jewel tones are on my mind worn with rugged knits.
Who is your style muse?
I admire many people’s style; my muse is someone who has a fusion of great vision, a beautiful mind and innovation. If they have all three then they’ve got me good.
A favorite place in NY?
A great coffee shop in NY always makes my day. I tend to nestle there for a couple of hours people watching and what not – The Smile, 26 Bond Street New York
is perfect for that!
One Free People item you will be taking into fall…