We have an amazing event taking place on Tuesday November 13th at our 5th Avenue store in New York City! Come kick off the holiday season and celebrate with Free People!
Free People’s Winter Tale holiday event will take place from 5 – 8pm, featuring a curated shop and styling from Refinery29 Global Editor, Connie Wang, along with a gift shop that you won’t want to miss! Come take a photo in our photo booth* and you could win a Free People stocking full of gifts!
*Photos will be posted on our Facebook page the next morning for guests who want digital copies.
We’ll be serving warm hard cider from Art in the Age, organic vegan cinnamon buns from Clementine Bakery, and vegan marshmallows from Sweet and Sara. Plus, don’t miss an acoustic holiday performance from local Brooklyn artist, Alexandra Stewart, taking place from 5-7pm! She is set to release her debut album Wàbà this winter – read an interview with her below!
For more info and to RSVP visit the Facebook event page.
Your debut album is coming out soon, what can we expect from it?
I think it’s a great introduction. It was an opportunity to begin figuring myself out as an artist. I was finally ready to take that on and go hide away at the piano by myself. There are definitely some fearless, vulnerable moments involved in putting it together. I think listeners should expect something lush and deeply moving. There’s grit and heart in it all.
Where do you draw inspiration for your music?
Lyrically I write about love, growing up, and chronic misuse. I do love visuals though. I collected images for the album here via Pinterest. There’s definitely a theme there and in my debut, Wàbà. The name comes from this idyllic little Canadian village, named after the Algonquin word for “white,” where I spent most of my childhood. The black and white images I pinned throughout capture the light and darkness of those songs. Nature also plays a role. I wrote about the environment of that village and surrounding areas. The changing seasons, particularly in Canada, are always inspiring. I think the record covers late August through December or so.
Do you remember first starting to write?
I’ll never forget the song. I actually catch myself playing it from time to time. Maybe it’ll turn into something one day! I’ll have it make an appearance on a next record… I must’ve been 11 or so at the time. We had just moved from Waba and were living in a little town on the river called Braeside. I never finished the song but it was written on my great grandmother’s piano.
What sort of music do you listen to?
I’m lucky to live where I do and to have grown up around music. My father, who was a forestry major, really could’ve been a tastemaker back in the day. He introduced me to everything from Radiohead to Wilco and though NYC is over saturated with bands, it allows you to experience incredible talent. There are some great female acts I saw this past year. Cold Specks gave one of the most chilling and haunting performances I’ve ever seen. She shares so much with her audience. And Lianne La Havas. Absolutely adorable and I hear she’s a lovely cook.
How would you describe your personal style?
I take quite a bit of it from Canada and my Mother. She always had great style. Her jackets, some of which have found their way into my closet, seemed so one-of-a-kind. The structure of her outfits always had that great fit, too. Her hair and makeup was always pretty simple and bohemian. I definitely lean more ethereal than she is so I tend to mix the structured with romantic dresses and things. I’m really attracted to shapes and antiques, too. Eye catching items that particularly look good under a bright light. I think when you’re performing, you should put on a bit of a show and I’m always hunting around for materials I can transition off and on the stage. I spy a few items in your new holiday catalog that will certainly do the trick. That capelet is a beauty!
To RSVP for the Winter Tale event visit the Facebook event page.