Who Owns Free People? A Peek Behind the Boho Brand

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Want to know more about who owns the boho brand Free People? We have all you need right here in this guide!

Main image courtesy of Shopbop.

When the image of carefree, boho vibes comes to mind in the fashion world, chances are you think of the brand Free People. This eclectic designer seeks to speak to the young woman who is confident and knows what she wants, and isn’t afraid to go out and get it. Their customers show off their unique sense of style through their clothing choices, but also in their taste in music, art, and love of travel. The clothing of Free People offers you a chance to exhibit this part of your personality to the world, and enjoy being free and adventurous. 

But how did this popular line of clothing get its start, and where can you get your hands on these classic designs? In today’s article, we’re going to go a little deeper into:

  • Who owns Free People (and where you can pick up their items)
  • Why Free People is so expensive
  • Where Free People is made
  • Our favorite Free People summer outfits!

Who owns Free People?

The story behind the boho brand Free People

Free People actually got its start back in the 1970s when Dick Hayne opened up a store for twenty somethings in Philadelphia, PA. He understood that clothes and fashion have the ability to make a statement about who you are and what you stand for. And that’s exactly what he set out to do with his interesting styles that the younger people gravitated towards at the time. Once he saw some success, the store started to grow, and he changed the name to Urban Outfitters as the brand continued to expand.

The business was separated into a wholesale department as well Free People’s private label and products exclusive to this line. However in 2001, it was decided that Free People needed to get back to its roots, and concentrate on creating clothes that curious, free-spirited young women would like. Ever since Free People has created an online shopping experience, continues to stock department stores with their items, has their own free standing stores in the U.S. and Canada, and has expanded internationally. 

It’s safe to say that this designer is meeting young women right where they’re at, and offering all kinds of items such as dresses, jackets, rompers, jeans, activewear, accessories, shoes, and even beauty + wellness products. 

Why is Free People so expensive?

The styles, fabrics, and patterns of Free People clothing are very interesting, and they appeal to a particular customer who wants to express herself through her clothing. There aren’t a lot of designers around who are making these free flowing, airy garments in the industry, and the demand for boho clothing is high, which is one reason why Free People tends to be on the expensive side.

Another reason is that the materials they use to make their clothing are of very high quality. No matter if you’re looking at a maxi dress, a jean jacket, or a sweater, you’re getting a well-made item. When you’re purchasing a quality item, you’re going to pay a little more, which is why Free People’s clothing is more expensive. However, with the proper care, a well-made item from Free People can last you for years to come. 

Where can you get Free People?

Pick up this boho brand online and at Shopbop! Image courtesy of Shopbop.

One of the best places to find all the latest styles from Free People is to check out their website. Here you’ll find designs from the latest season, as well as items on their sale site from previous seasons. This is a great place to get a Free People item at a discount!

Another place that has a lot of Free People merchandise for great prices is Shopbop. Here you’ll find all the best in Free People clothing like tops, skirts, dresses, tanks, tees, and shorts. If you don’t see something that catches your eye, don’t worry, just make sure to stop by often since the inventory is always updating. 

Additionally, you can find Free People in large department stores such as:

  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Nordstrom
  • Neiman Marcus

You can also visit Free People stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Where is Free People made?

Most of the Free People clothing items are manufactured in India

What style is Free People?

The style of Free People is definitely bohemian (boho), and a lot of their products feature ruffles, flowy fabrics, patterns, and comfortable materials. They’re designed to be worn for daytime, nighttime, and even while traveling, and it’s also very easy to pair items with other accessories available on their site. 

Must-have Free People dresses

Consider picking up these dresses for summer!

This dress would be perfect on your next vacation. Image courtesy of Free People.

If you’re looking for the perfect summer maxi dress, you can’t go wrong with the Allure maxi. While we love the summer saffron color, it also comes in four other colors that would be perfect for whatever you have planned, whether it’s a day at the pool, or vacationing in a far away city. This dress fits slim at the waist and bodice, but flares out into a sarong shape, perfect for any daytime or nighttime excursion. The square neckline is flattering on all body shapes, and you’ll love the slide slit in the skirt, as well as the twist design at the waist. 

This can easily be paired with your favorite sandals, espadrilles, or even sneakers if you have lots of walking to do. Throw on a hat and grab a tote bag and you’re all set!

This cute summer Free People dress is perfect for warmer weather. Image courtesy of Shopbop.

If you’re looking for a dress for summer that’s perfect for warmer weather, you need to pick up the Rosie Posie dress at Shopbop. You’ll love the strapless look of this cute pink dress that just screams summer, especially when you pair it with your favorite pair of sandals. The fabric is lightweight, which is ideal for summer temps, and you’ll love how easy it is to slip this dress on. The back is smocked elastic and features a cut out look, but you can always attach the option straps if you want.

The floral print, ribbon trim, and ruffle hem all contribute to the boho look of this dress, which is sure to be a staple in your closet this summer!

A cute summer dress that you can wear anywhere! Image courtesy of Free People.

Looking for something cute and short for your summer travels? Then you should definitely pick up the Gabby Mini Dress available on the Free People website. This cute little dress features a feminine floral print all over, and an A line fit that is flattering on everyone. You’ll love the details as well, like the ruching at the waist and the pleats throughout that give it more dimension. The square neckline and empire waist make you think of classic summer sundresses, and this one is sure to be a favorite of yours in the warm weather.

Pair it with your favorite sandals or flops if you’re keeping it casual, or put on a pair of espadrilles for a cute date night look. You can even transition this dress into the fall and pair it with boots and a jean jacket!

Free People rompers perfect for summer

Stay cool and look good in this Free People Romper. Image courtesy of Shopbop.

If you’ve been looking for something a little different to add to your closet this summer, consider picking up a Free People romper like the Sight for Sore Eyes romper. This cute item is just made for fun in the sun, and would be perfect for easy travel wear, a daytime date, or grabbing lunch with friends. The lightweight non stretch poplin is the perfect material for the warmer weather, and the French Roast color is stunning. You’ll love the square neckline and the short puff sleeves that add just the right feminine touch.

There is a drawstring closure and partial button placket, as well as on seam hip pockets to hold your essentials. Wear this romper with gladiator sandals or your favorite pair of flats and enjoy all the compliments!

Let those boho vibes flow with this romper! Image courtesy of Free People

When you want something comfortable that expresses your boho style, you’ve got to pick up the Spell Joshua Tree Romper. You’ll love the flowing fabric of this colorful design, as well as the cinched waist and button up front. The balloon sleeves and shorts of this romper look perfect with sandals or flats, and transition easily from beachfront vibes, to cocktail hour at sunset. 

Free People is the perfect boho brand for women who have a sense of style, and want to show it off! No matter what you decide to purchase, you’re going to have an item that will last in your closet for years to come.

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