Happy First of July!

It’s time to start planning those fourth of July outfits! If you’re anything like us, you’ll be most looking forward to the food and drinks, but it’s always a good idea to plan a festive outfit for any special occasion. July 4th is one of the only American national holidays that falls on a hot day, sometimes a notoriously hot day, so lightweight, easy-to-wear clothes are essential to a successful, laid-back weekend with family and friends. Well, we’re here to make your life easier – we’ve put together two outfits that feature some of our newest summer items, all of which are classic pieces that are easy to mix and match. Happy fourth to all those celebrating!

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Distract and Run Crop Tank / Super Circle Studded Cutoffs / Red Carry-All / Red Daisy Headband / Black Arizona Birkenstocks
july4-14-2Tour Essentials Flowy Tee / Acid Wash Cutoffs / Blue Carry-All / White Daisy Headband / White Classic Converse / Essie Fifth Avenue Nail Polish

 

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Six New Tops

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There is so much brand new beautiful goodness over on Fellow Threads right now! We designed six new tops that are extremely easy to style and wear during the warmer months. We can’t wait to wear the heck out of these this summer, especially while we’re on sweltering hot Warped Tour where less is definitely more when it comes to putting clothes on. We put together some themes on Polyvore for your viewing and inspirational pleasure, just to get some ideas on how we might style our new tops. Each one is lightweight and versatile, and can really be styled with anything. We want to see how you style our pieces, so be sure to tag Fellow Threads in absolutely anything you photograph yourself in that we sell. We’ll be sure to feature you!

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Two Big Announcements!

This winter has been a significant one for us. We moved our company from Indianapolis and set up a brand new office in Orlando, and we used that transition to really plan and brainstorm what Fellow Threads is all about. It may seem like we’ve been somewhat quiet these past few months, when really we have been tirelessly developing brand new products and finalizing our upcoming spring and summer adventures. Well, it’s finally time to start bringing all of our hard work to life! On Friday night, we took to Twitter with two, huge announcements:

slideshow_2On March 14, we are releasing ALL NEW beautiful products for spring and summer. We have new styles of denim customization, and we plan on keeping our most popular T-shirt designs in stock (possibly updating a few). Most excitingly, however, we are introducing, for the first time, a selection of bags. All of the bags are hand-stitched by us and the fabric is personally selected by our head designer and founder, Lauren. Futhermore, and what you don’t see from the preview image above, is that there will be multiple versions of these bags to choose from that are aimed to fit each of your individual styles. We truly believe you guys will love the bags just as much as we do. Be sure to visit fellowthreads.com to get your hands on them!

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Many of you guessed it! We are officially back on Vans Warped Tour this summer! We had such an amazing time last summer that we just couldn’t pass up the chance to experience it all again. We were completely taken aback by how supportive and enthusiastic and lovely you guys were in person, and we want to see you all again, and meet even more of you this time around. Like last time, we are opting for select dates of the tour rather than the entire shabang, so when we have the dates and locations locked down we will post them ASAP. We can’t wait to be back on the road! You can check out our adventures from Warped Tour 2013 on our main website!

We are thrilled with how our summer is turning out so far, and it hasn’t even happened yet. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to receive updates and information about everything mentioned above. This is just the tip of the iceberg, people. We have even more planned for you guys, but we’re just going to let all of this simmer for now. Get ready. Things are about to get exciting and, should I say, magical around here.

TOP 5: Personal Standouts of Vans Warped Tour ’13

This post was particularly hard for us to put together seeing as there were 90+ bands on tour, and choosing just five seemed completely impossible, not to mention unfair. We quickly realized, however, that this being our blog, we can rank these guys however we want! The bands we chose are the ones we felt we had some personal connection with… whether that be Wallpaper. whom the great Gabbie Brown introduced us to or Action Item whom we’ve known for years… each band has standout qualities that we loved seeing every day on tour.

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In Chicago Annie and I took a small break from our vending duties to catch the end of Wallpaper’s set. Our close friend and Kia pit reporter, Gabbie Brown, had told us nothing but incredible things about their music, so we were expecting good, but what we got was freaking phenomenal. Within seconds we were both jumping and dancing like fools, while occasionally shouting, “This is SO good!” Ever since that moment, we made it a point to have daily Wallpaper. dance parties. Their new album, Ricky Reed is Real, is out now on iTunes and, I kid you not, there isn’t one bad song. If you want to have the best damn day of your life, buy it immediately and puke your brains out with the rest of us.

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It was also in Chicago that Lauren got a chance to slip away for a few minutes to catch her first Five Knives show. Again, Miss Gabbie Brown is the one to thank in this case. Lauren came back almost speechless. “You just have to see them for yourselves,” was really all she could say. When we all got the chance to watch Five Knives together, it was pretty much the same reaction. Can you describe a band as just “wow,” because we’re going to. They are excitedly unpredictable and their interaction with the crowd keeps you on your toes the entire set. A little bird told us they’re taking a break to record their next album, so in the meantime support them by purchasing their latest album, The Rising.

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We actually first met Itch and Alejandro walking through the bus parking lot in Cleveland. They introduced themselves and we promised we’d see their set if we got a chance. Luckily, in Atlanta we got placed directly across from the Spotify stage so we got a front row spot. At the risk of sounding cheesy, their set was incredibly powerful. We knew Itch to be outspoken and opinionated, but with these three backing him up, the show was unstoppable every single time. We also loved how Itch rolled his wheelchair out into the crowd. People gathered around out of curiosity and stayed from pure amazement.

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When we found out that Action Item was going to be a part of this year’s Warped Tour we were so excited. We’ve known these guys for a few years now, so we were already familiar with their music and them as individuals. It just made more sense for us to be there. Action Item is, unashamedly, a pop band from New Jersey. Every single show, many of which we side-staged it for, outdid the one before. For most of the tour the guys had Jeremy Smith from Days Difference standing in on keyboards. When Jeremy left it was a true test of Action Item as a foursome, and it was truly outstanding. They will have no problem carrying themselves in the late fall on The Us Against Them Tour with Jake Miller and Air Dubai. These four are solid.

aswfont1Lauren and Annie have known Allstar Weekend since 2009 when the band was just named “Allstar.” Their addition to the tour helped us make our final decision in joining as well. It was especially awesome, and bittersweet, having the opportunity to watch them every day considering their stretch on Warped marked their last performances as Allstar Weekend. In the coming weeks, ASW is announcing their new name and new musical direction, an extremely exciting and much-needed change-of-pace for the band. While it will be tough for many of their die hard fan girls to move on from this gigantic change, we see it as nothing but positive. Life isn’t interesting without change, and we’re glad they’re taking the opportunity while they can. Do you, Allstar Weekend. Or should we say, The Artists Formerly Known as Allstar Weekend.

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SIKE! We’re doing six, because Alvarez Kings simply cannot be left out. We wouldn’t feel right about posting this list without at least mentioning these guys. We only got the chance to finally see them when we were placed across from the Insidious/Kevin Says stage in Tampa, but we were highly aware of their presence the entire time we were on tour. They were, easily, one of the hardest working bands we saw. They set up and tore down their own merch tent. They held their own signs. We saw them out and about everywhere promoting themselves. Not only that, but their set was excellent. Your dedication, hard work and awesome music did not go unnoticed, you British Kings of Alvarez.

The great thing about Warped Tour is that it features so many different types of bands, there’s something for everyone. We had a great summer with these people, and we can’t wait to see where they’ll go next. We predict big things. Let us know what you think about our top choices! We would love to know what your top bands are!

Behind the Scenes

photo (3)A favorite aspect of our business is the fusion of fashion and music, which is exactly the reason we jumped at the chance to join Vans Warped Tour this year. It’s a chance for us to not only sell our products, but to feel inspired by what started this journey in the first place: our love of good music. You have to hand it to vendors of any kind. It’s old-fashioned hard work. Long hours in the sweltering heat, long car rides wedged between boxes, lugging equipment two to three times your size… but it’s all been more than worth it just to meet you guys.   Enjoy these snapshots of some behind the scenes action on tour so far.

If you can’t make it to the Warped Tour this year, don’t worry! You can buy all of our products via our online store. Every single item is hand-picked and designed just for you. And remember, if you photograph yourself wearing any of our merchandise, we’ll happily feature you on our website as well as our social media sites. We’re heading back out on July 18 in Cleveland. Make sure to stop by and see us and, in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

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