Back in the 1970’s, a young man named Dick Hayne planted a seed in the maze of streets and trees that make up West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He opened a store and called it Free People. Free People nurtured the young people who lived there and shopped there, who looked for a little of their own freedom in the clothes they wore.
As Dick’s store grew from one to two, the name was changed from Free People to Urban Outfitters.
During 2001, we realized that it was really Free People that invoked some of our favourite images, those of femininity, courage, and spirit. Free People shed its junior image and evolved into a more mature, contemporary brand. This allowed twenty-something women to appreciate the line of clothing that catered to their intelligence, creativity and individuality, while keeping with its great quality and affordability.
Today we draw, design, sew and buy for young women. Free People offer countless options within their own Free People collection, so that even if their young target market takes their best pal shopping, they won’t come out looking at all alike.
Free People also launched a virtual journey through FreePeople.com in October 2004, and the launch of FreePeople.co.uk in November 2012. The sites have found great success with online shoppers around the world who are looking for a little something special in their online experience.