Probably not unlike most women in their thirties or forties, I’ve loved Free People since I was a teenager.
Of course Dick Hayne opened in West Philadelphia just before I was born. And the brand underwent changes during my life time, even a re-birth in the eighties. But by the time I was experimenting with my own sense of fashion and discovering a taste for the eclectic, the brand was firmly established and I was in love with their aesthetic. The bohemian and free spirited influences of the brand’s key pieces appealed to my roots of having been raised in hippie-Vermont. Though I still loved all my mother’s Ralph Lauren, it was a time where I longed to be less constrained. Free People seemed to fit the bill.
Perhaps that’s why, upon walking into an event at 6 Columbus Hotel, I was immediately drawn to the same Free People kimono that had most of the women oooing and ahhhhing.
Despite wanting the same pretty piece of Free People, we all managed to get along. So well that we enjoyed taking photos of each other as we took turns wearing the kimono. It really got around!
These lovely photos are courtesy of Justine from Pretty in Pistachio. I can hardly believe how much I like the ones of me!! Because I normally hate being in front of the camera!
The rest of the images in this post were taken by me with my Sony RX1 RII. I particularly loved the natural light in the hotel suite. From the balcony, you can see all the way to Central Park’s SW corner.
I could have taken photos of Alli and Justine all day, they’re naturals in front of the camera.
I’m also a fan of the brands Dick Hayne spun off from Free People with his wife, Meg: Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. Again as a teenager, Urban Outfitters fulfilled that desire in me to try out different personas. I still remember shopping the sale racks of the Ann Arbor, Michigan store with what money I’d managed to save from various jobs. I was always hoping those clothes would make me feel more either more punk and therefore more brave. Or, at least somehow more grown up.
Now that I am grown up, it’s Anthropologie that I often turn to when I want to indulge that part of me that’s still drawn to the more bohemian and eclectic. But I will always love, and have a soft spot, for Free People.
Additional brands featured at this event, hosted by The James Collective:
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