Street Style: What a Free People Designer Wears

(Hint: Lots of leggings, no black.)


Photo by Evan Schapiro.

Name: Zoë

‘Hood: Washington Square West

Day Job: Designer for Free People

Where We Found Her: Enjoying the sunshine in Rittenhouse.

What She’s Wearing: Vintage top from Topshop; H&M leggings (“I’m a huge fan of leggings and probably have over 50 pairs of all colors and patterns”); Anthropologie necklace; Ash sandals; Free People cardigan (“It’s my go-to cardi because it goes over everything and screws up into a tiny little ball, perfect for carrying about and beating the freezing AC attacks when you go inside”).

Shopping Abroad: “I bought my bag at a stand in Florence when I went there for a yarn show. All over the city they have people selling accessories, clothes and leather goods in little stalls. They’re all in competition with each other so they get quite cheeky trying to charm you into buying from their stand, and then you get to do a bit of bargaining with them. It’s fun.”

Where She Shops: “I’m brand-new to Philly, so I don’t know a lot of places yet but I love how there are so many vintage and individual shops about. The city itself has a lot of character, a really nice vibe and you feel that when you go shopping in the local shops. I like all the little places in Old City.”

Sound Bite: “I’m really into color and don’t actually own anything solid black, apart from combat boots. I feel good in lighter and brighter clothes; black makes me feel drab. I love handmade, unique jewelry and I think there’s quite a lot of that going on in Philly. I want to seek out some cool local jewelry folk.”