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Behind the Seams: Bali Capsule

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Introducing the inspiring makers of our FP Bali capsule!

Our newest Bali assortment has acquired to be one in every of my favourite issues about Free People — embroidery, hand-touched particulars, vivid prints and COLOR. Just wanting on the assortment tempts me to run away to Bali with each bit proper now. Meet the stunning duo behind all of it.

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Can you introduce yourselves and inform us just a little bit about what you do right here at Free People?

Carolyn:  I was born and raised in Orange County, CA.  I grew up with my twin sister, Jana, and my little sister, Kate.  The three of us are tremendous shut… and SO very totally different.  As they went off to pursue ‘workplace job stuff’, I went off to design faculty in LA.  As a woman who lived and beloved the seashore it was solely pure to get my begin within the surf and skate business as a designer. After a while working on the earth of surf,  I was past excited when I was given the chance to design for a corporation I have all the time admired and dreamed of working for — Free People.  I now stay in Huntington Beach, CA with my husband and a couple of little munchkins engaged on the Bali capsule, which I received to design and develop in Bali.  It appears so natural and pure for me to be engaged on this particular capsule and I completely like it!

Paige:  I grew up in a (very) small city in Texas on a farm with P little sisters, a bit of brother, some canine, cats, chickens, cows and the occasional goat.  After highschool I moved to Savannah to review fashion design at SCAD, then moved to Philly to work for UO earlier than my dream job and life lastly met within the center — I was capable of work for Free People and transfer to LA!  My plan was all the time to go west since my boyfriend/greatest good friend/journey associate was already dwelling there pursuing music.  We’re each from the identical little city, and now we solely have to separate our time between two states as an alternative of A. Plus, we each love the sunshine. :)

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Can you break down the Bali Capsule for us? How does it differ from different strains inside FP?

The Bali Capsule is a handcrafted line, one hundred% impressed by Bali. There is nothing prefer it…impressed by the individuals, tradition, way of life and spirit of the Bali island.  The craftsmanship of every garment — unreal. The assortment, too, is made in Bali, made up of sudden colours, daring prints, and extraordinary embellishment and cutwork all through the road.  The aesthetic is gorgeous, summer time sensual, informed by way of beachy silhouettes.  It encompasses the distinctive ‘wow’ items that Free People is all about.

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How did your partnership come to be? Do you collaborate on every part, who handles what?

I would say…destiny.  Paige was dwelling in Philly on the time and needed to return to LA.  At that point I was engaged on the Bali line from LA and was in want of an assistant.  The stars aligned, the timing good. I am an enormous believer in collaborating, listening and dealing with others which makes the method extra natural. It sparks new concepts and, most of all, it yields success.

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From sketch to completed product, what’s your work stream like?

We start by exploring for inspiration, touring to a brand new space or buying classic and assembly fascinating individuals with fascinating tales. We are impressed by numerous issues, whether or not it’s one superb classic gown, or an image that speaks a thousand phrases, or a music that sparks a temper (for Fall 2016, it was the 8tracks’ album ‘Les Reveurs’ put collectively by Vranceanu.Ana) . From there we construct the tales. I wish to create a temper…’her Bali love story.’  What the woman is feeling and sporting…her vibe and her outfits. I REALLY consider within the woman who’s sporting this — that’s all the time the intention of the garment, from begin to end. From there we mock, sketch and colour into concepts. We collaborate with an superb FP artist alongside the Bali artist on print concepts. We head to Bali and work intently with the factories, sample makers and artists to collectively develop the road.  After we current the gathering, we then work with manufacturing on seeing the clothes by way of to remaining product with fittings. By the time we see it on-line or in shops we’re engaged on the subsequent assortment, exploring new inspiration. ;)

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What’s probably the most thrilling facet of the method?

This is a troublesome one…there are such a lot of thrilling elements. We love contemplating our woman and what she is doing, her temper and new look. We love searching at classic markets and touring to totally different locations to seek out inspiration. When we first arrive in Bali, its seems like we’re again at home…prepared to start out an journey with our new assortment. Our third favourite a part of the method (and, honestly, in all probability probably the most thrilling) receiving the field from our Bali journey, filled with the newly completed samples that we labored so arduous to create — an enormous field with a lot of dreamy issues. Opening it’s like Christmas, however higher. :)

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What does a mean day within the life appear to be for you?

No day is identical, and day-after-day brings new challenges and/or alternatives. Whether we’re out looking for concepts for the brand new line, or in Bali creating and creating the gathering on the factories, or again in LA assembly at our workplace with fittings and critiques. We simply sort of glide.

What points/traditions of Bali are rooted in your designs?

We solely do what’s rooted to Bali.  When I first arrived in Bali I was able to design and work into what Bali is understood for — cutwork, embroidery, elaborations, hand-achieved prints, batiks, crochet and leather-based.

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What did you discover most inspiring in your journey to Bali?

The individuals, the island.  Listening, watching and listening to tales concerning the Balinese tradition is sort of inspiring. They are such sort, peaceable and artistic individuals. You really feel an awe-inspiring power when you are there. It seems like home to us and we miss it once we’re not there.

Was there a spotlight of the journey?

You imply the time we rode motorbikes and felt blessed we made it?  Or ending up at Uluwatu, temple-excessive, on the cliff on the tip of Bali?  Or the time we paddleboarded at Padang Padang seashore and watched fish swim underneath our boards?  Or the time monkeys climbed over our heads as they fought over which banana was theirs? It’s so troublesome to decide on — there is a effective line between highlights and ‘oh shit’ moments!

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What do you assume is so particular concerning the FP Bali capsule?

There is a narrative behind each bit and why it was made. The incontrovertible fact that it’s impressed and developed in Bali makes it so distinctive. The mixture between the gorgeous handwork, cutwork and embellishment with the fascinating female and ahead silhouettes creates this ‘wow’ think about each bit.  The prints and paintings are daring and delightful. It’s an FP Bali love story.

What type of woman do you think about sporting and loving your items?

Beachy, sensual, carefree.  Daring but in addition mysterious. She expresses charisma and love with out making an attempt. She is assured in who she is. I can think about her driving a motorcycle together with her board by her aspect. Or I see her buying the markets after which headed to the seashore with buddies.   I think about her adventurous and straightforward going. She likes to face out, she loves who she is…and she or he exudes magnificence.

What’s on the horizon?

We are all the time on the lookout for new alternatives to maintain it thrilling and recent.  For upcoming Fall 2016, we have been impressed by a French woman dwelling in Bali. You will see the affect of each cultures combined…romantic, sensual and delicate, infused with a beachy, embellished Bali look. We have alluring shine in earthy tones.  New materials embrace silky satin and textured cottons. We designed an superb gown, handpainted by a Balinese artist… just a few shall be made as a result of it’s so particular and distinctive. For 2017, can’t say for positive what to anticipate… however we’re going to experiment with conventional hand-stamped batik, leather-based in new silhouettes, and hoping to attempt one or P distinctive Bali swim items. ;)  We by no means know wha’ts going to occur subsequent — we type of simply push it (quite a bit) and see the place it lands1 ;)

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