Happy 2014, friends! It’s a brand new year, and that means brand new everything. For so many, a new year means a fresh start, but it’s also the perfect time to reflect. We are very big believers in living in the moment and tackling opportunities head on, however, we also believe in learning and growing from past experiences. So many defining moments happened in 2013. In fact, it has been our most adventurous year yet. We were lucky enough to travel with Vans Warped Tour, we moved the company from Indianapolis to Orlando, we are slowly, but surely, gaining attention overseas. It’s a lot, and at times overwhelming, but only in the best way. It’s nice to be busy doing something you love. Having said that, we gladly resolve to work smarter, not harder, in 2014. Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t afraid of hard work — this business would be nothing without it (and our Warped experience will always be nostalgic blend of blood, sweat and tears) — we just plan to take what we learned this past year and refine it. In the spirit of reflection, here are some of our most favorite, special moments from 2013.
These people have forever changed my life.
Headband Day in Chicago
So, we want to know: What are your resolutions for 2014? What do you want to do better? Mainly, we want to continue working passionately, maintaining a close relationship with our customers. To our most loyal clientele, to anyone who has just browsed the site, or liked an Instagram post, we can’t thank you enough. Your support is everything, and if we have inspired you in any way, then we consider our job well done. Now, here’s to making 2014 even better!
Because who doesn’t need some Monday inspiration? It’s not always so easy to bounce back into a blah work week routine, so we’re here to help you feel maybe just a little bit more empowered and inspired to change things up a bit. Over the weekend, movie star and all-around goddess Angelina Jolie received an Oscar at the 2013 Governor’s Ball for her amazing international humanitarian work… and in this particular case, work means work. She doesn’t just donate a portion of her millions to random charities and call it a day, she’s on the ground in foreign countries, making speeches in political forums, physically working at making our world a better place. It’s so easy to look at today’s reality and feel disheartened and defeated, and this coming from a twenty-something says a lot about the general state of things. But when we look at people like Jolie who does the best she “can with this life to be of use,” it’s possible to see that we can make a difference, no matter how small we think our contribution. Grab some tissues, she’s amazing.
Speaking of making a difference, our very own founder, Lauren, is heading back to Kenya in February 2014! You can follow along with her adventures at laureninkenya.comand see firsthand how the actions of one person can create positive change. And don’t forget! A portion of every single piece sold in our store goes straight to organizations making an impact in the most in-need African countries.
FRIENDS! We’re finally home and ready to get back on board the blog train. We have so much to tell you, and we apologize for the unintentional hiatus. This past month was crazy, but now we are calm and collected and adjusting to reality quite well. (Not entirely true, but we’re trying our best.)
We basically lived a month-long dream life of travelling across the country with some of the coolest musical folk you could ever hope to meet. Our return to reality has been a rocky one, but if there’s one thing we’re all about here at Fellow Threads it’s that you are, ultimately, the creator of your own reality. Everyday life doesn’t have to be droll and routine, it can be awesome, and that’s something we strive for constantly. If you want change, you have to live outside your comfort zone, and man, did we ever.
The coolest part about travelling was having the opportunity to meet so many of you. It was incredible how many of you recognized us. Remember to tag us in any pictures of yourself wearing our apparel, and we’ll feature you. Also, we sold out of a lot of merchandise while on the road, so make sure to double check the website. We are also moments away from planning our fall line, so get excited! We have a lot in store for you.
For now, while we continue to organize our lives, I will leave you with a photo dump of sorts: a hodgepodge collage of our adventures.
Blossom Music Centre
Headband Day in Chicago
When a Hare Krishna gives you food, you eat it.
Amazing security at the Wallpaper. show in Atlanta
If someone challenged me with choosing just one picture to encapsulate the awesomeness of Chicago Warped, this one above of Anna Worstell of Five Knives would be the clear winner. Not only does she look like a sheer bad ass, but look at the faces in the crowd.
Chicago was the first city where we were actually able to catch more than one show. Five Knives and Wallpaper have incredible showmanship and their interaction with the crowd is what keeps their performances exciting and unpredictable. I’m not exaggerating when I say their sets didn’t consist of one bad song. It was great after great after great. If you can’t make it to Warped this year, make sure you check out their songs elsewhere. Wallpaper’s new album is out now on iTunes.
Tomorrow morning we leave bright and early for Atlanta. Make sure to come see us at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, we’ll take pictures and hang! Remember to check out our online store, and keep an eye out for Warped Exclusive items (i.e. pieces only sold from our tent on tour, or items worn by the bands).
The Chicago leg of the tour was so epic, I’m posting it in two parts. There’s no other way to present all the awesomeness without overwhelming you. It was, easily, the most fun and successful day for us. The vibe of the crowd was just different. Cleveland was so hot, it was almost miserable. People didn’t seem to be feeling it, but the Chicago crowd came in full force. We met so many cool people and we spotted some of the best Warped style we’ve seen so far. (Chicago part II will feature all the awesome bands we’re falling in love with, many of which are wearing our clothes on stage!)
We all spotted this girl waiting in line for a signing. Her outfit combination is perfect. This is how you do festivalwear, especially when it’s over 80 degrees outside.
I got so excited when I spotted this girl across the venue wearing our entire line. We are currently only selling the crop tops on tour, but you can find the bohemian print cut-offs on our website!
This is Crystal and Samm, who are touring with New Years Day. They wondered into our tent and I immediately had to take their picture. Sammy is a “living dead girl,” and is normally dressed in full-on costume. She said it was nice to walk around in normal clothes for a change. Her version of normal is fantastic. They could not have been nicer, and we were so impressed by their ability to look perfectly put together in the sweltering heat.
We made some wonderful new friends from the band Five Knives. Left is Lauren, Fellow Threads owner and designer, with lead singer Anna Worstell. Right is Richie, the band’s tour manager, with our best friend and favorite Buzznet blogger Gabbie Brown. They are rocking our Hometown Hero t-shirt like there’s no tomorrow.
We are having a blast and we have an arsenal of great pictures and footage to share next! Stay tuned!