You might remember when I mentioned that there was a really cool event this past weekend in Space 1520 by our Hollywood We The Free store. Lauren Dukoff had a special opening party for her new book Family, and Devendra Banhart played a special set! I missed it, being on the opposite coast, but our Store Manager Carla sent me some wonderful photos taken during the event by Sonny Gerasimowicz.

This is a signed copy of Lauren’s book! It features portraits of many amazing folk and indie musicians, including Devendra, naturally!

Here everyone is waiting around for the show to start!
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Devendra is getting ready to go on… He sure is a cutie!
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Devendra is about to go up and everyone is getting psyched! Also, on the left you can almost see the front of the We The Free store – there’s a guy peeking inside! Hope he likes what he sees!
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The show begins!
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Everyone loves it!
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Our Managers-in-Training, Antonella and Laura, are huge Devendra fans, and they watched the show from the store garage. They look so pretty!
Thank you for the fabulous pictures Carla!

yttr -Jul 21, 2009, 11:33AM
sweet!!! thanks for sharing...

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There is an amazing exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City right now by artist Song Dong.
Song Dong’s mother spent her entire life hoarding anything that she got her hands on, and refused to ever throw anything away. All her life she lived in a tiny house packed full with every kind of odd and end you can imagine. Shortly before she died, Song was able to convince her to allow him to clean out the house and use the contents as an exhibition. The exhibition is called Waste Not, and essentially it is all of his mother’s possessions, laid out and organized. The huge mass of stuff makes a really powerful statement. If I can get up to NYC in time, I will definitely be checking out this exhibition in person!

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More info at the Museum of Modern Art website.
Pictures via The New York Times.

Michelle -Jul 21, 2009, 12:07PM
The shoes and paper bags are incredible.
mamie -Jul 21, 2009, 12:06PM
i saw it last week! it was pretty cool, but if you're there you should definitely check out the james ensor paintings because they're gorgeous and trippy!

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Our Hollywood We The Free store let us know that there is a really cool event going on tonight at Space 1520, which is where the store is located!
Photographer Lauren Dukoff is having the opening for her new book Family, which features portraits of many amazing folk and indie musicians, including Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Bat For Lashes, Little Joy, and many others! Lauren will be there signing books, and if that weren’t enough, Devendra Banhart will also be there performing live! Right in front of the store! This should be a really good time, so if you’re in the Hollywood California area, you should check it out! Get all the information on the Space 1520 website.
7-10pm tonight!
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Melanie -Jul 19, 2009, 10:07PM
space 1520 is such a rad place! sounds like a great party!

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our interns are sponsoring a company-wide car wash today, with proceeds going toward next year’s intern program. happy friday!

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It’s poll time my friends! Last week we looked at some of our more sparkly headbands, and though all the options had a good number of fans, the Sequin Halo Headband was still the decisive winner, with over 300 votes!
This week I can’t seem to stop perusing all the cute new mini-skirts – maybe it’s the heat? At any rate, there were many cute styles, so many in fact I could hardly narrow it down to an amount good for polling! But here they are, check them out!
First up is the Dip Dye Crinkle Mini, shown here in blue.

Here is the Mirror Mirror Buckle Mini.

Next is the Liberty Fringe Mini!
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Now, have a look at the Tiered Denim Ruffle Mini below!
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Finally, here’s the Knit Tulip Skirt in dark sage.
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So what do you guys think? Which one of these mini-skirts do you find most appealing?

riley -Jul 17, 2009, 12:55AM
ahhh i love them all!!

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Congratulations to our winner, chosen at random: Mamatank!
i have an ancient pillow that belonged to my mother. i named it Cuddle Pillow because it was made for cuddling and comforting me. for the longest time i thought it’s pillowcase was a strange shade of gray… but yesterday i poured some oxi clean into the washer with it and later discovered that its actually YELLOW! i love it even more now :)
Yay! This was such a fun giveaway – thank you all for participating! A few of you mentioned in your comments how nice it was to sit and think about comfort toys and childhood. I completely agree! It was so pleasant to read all your stories – thank you for sharing them! It made for very sweet and cheery reading!
And for everyone who didn’t happen to win the bear – don’t worry! There are more giveaways on the horizon!

riley -Jul 17, 2009, 12:08PM
awww i loooove that story!!! awww i loooove that story!!! <3
Karla -Jul 16, 2009, 11:14PM
OMG it's the bear!! I SO regret not buying one of these when they were available. I so love him.

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The ladies at our Manhattan Beach store in California gave me a heads-up that there is going to be a really big volleyball tournament right down the street from the store, on the beach! The Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament is reportedly one of the biggest AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) tournaments of the year, and the girls at the store are really looking forward to it! If you’re in the Manhattan Beach area this weekend and looking for something to entertain you while you catch some rays, this is it! Check out all the information here!
Photo here.

cuddly giveaway!

Isn’t this FP teddy bear as cute as can be? He’s very soft and huggable, and he’s looking for a nice cozy home, maybe yours! All you have to do for a chance to have him come live at your house is leave a comment on this post telling about your first or favorite stuffed animal or comfort blanket, etc… You know, the one that is all grimey because you loved it so much and couldn’t be without it! Tomorrow at this time, we’ll pick one comment at random, and if it’s yours, we’ll send you the cute bear! As you can see from the picture above, Trixie really wishes she was eligible to win this giveaway…
P.S. Don’t forget to leave your email address with your comment so that we can contact you if your comment is the one picked!

Tessa Hurr -Jul 22, 2009, 5:52PM
From when I was born to when I turned eleven, I had a mickey mouse baby blanket with pictures of the Disney characters on it. I love it so much and would carry it with me everywhere. I would do everything with it. When my mom told me it was smelly and that I should wash it, I would always cry and would stay up at night because I didn't have my blankie with me. crzytess77@gmail.com
Christy Mehaffie -Jul 21, 2009, 2:00PM
My first stuffed animal was a brown dog named Florence. It was a pretty fancy name for a pretty fancy dog.... or so I thought. I took him EVERYWHERE.... church, the mall, family trips... I'd even try to smuggle him in my backpack so I wouldn't be without him in school. I carried him well beyond the days where his felt ears began to rip off, his stitching began to pull and seperate, his fur became matted... He was literally a mess, but I loved him anyway. Florence is still around these days, but I leave him at home. Maybe one day I'll pass him on to someone who will love him as much as I did. XABrokenSpellX@aol.com

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I don’t know if any of you like music by M83, but you should! They have a really cool electronic and sort of ambient sound.
If you are in New York City tonight and looking for something cool to do, M83 is going to be playing at the World Financial Center Plaza at 7pm, and the word is that it’s free! Awesome!
For now, check out the amazing music video for M83′s song We Own The Sky. I’ve been grooving on it all morning…

M83 at the World Financial Center Plaza
200 Vesey St
New York, NY 10281
Tonight! 7pm

I am really excited to announce the winner of the Free People Fashion Illustration Contest!
It was wonderful to see how talented all the Free People girls out there are, and it was hard to pick a winner because there were so many amazing illustrations!
And now without further ado, our winner, Katie Rodgers!

You can check out all the entries right here on our Flickr account- they’re awesome, have a look!
And if you didn’t win this time around, don’t lose hope! We have more events in the works. Stay tuned!
xo

casey -Jul 14, 2009, 10:20PM
wow some really amazing entries! katie's is absolutely lovely!
Chloe C -Jul 14, 2009, 12:50PM
so fun to see all the entries. I was struck by how many girls selected the purple one shoulder top to illustrate. Katie is clearly a winner.

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I can’t believe this is our fiftieth Thursday Poll! Wow. But here we are!
Last time we looked at some of the fun colors of the Cheeky Lace Bra – the Grey came out on top, but not by much! Violet and Pimento were behind by only 20 votes!
This week I’ve been checking out our pretty sparkly headbands! I love the sequins! Have a look at them below…
First is the Sequin Halo Headband, shown here in Gold.

Next is the Petal Applique Headband!

Now check out the Sequin Stretch Headband in Silver.
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Finally, here’s the Sequin Bow Headband in Ivory.
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So what do you guys think? Which of these headbands do you like the most?

Randy -Jul 14, 2009, 4:08AM
I love the first one but am so sad the pink is completely out of stock - will you be getting more in soon??
Erin -Jul 10, 2009, 10:41AM
I love headbands so much!

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Don’t forget tomorrow is our open model casting in New York City! It will be taking place at our 5th Avenue store from 10am until 2pm! You don’t have to be a model, but on account of the size of our samples, it’s best if you are a US ladies size 4.
If you have any questions at all, please post them as a comment here and we will be sure to answer you as quickly as possible! You can also check out the original post for more information!
Can’t wait to see you there!
When: Friday July 10th 2009, 10am – 2pm
Where: Free People
79 5th Avenue
New York City, NY 10003

Rin -Jul 21, 2011, 12:22AM
This is unfortunate... I live in Portland for the time being, and with a free people store opening recently i have been shopping there like mad! Even though i can't be in NYC. I would still like to send in photos maybe i can pop in.. sometime..... I love the brand, and i currently and awaiting a visa to model in Japan. I would love to be a part of the free people team!~
BernieR -Nov 16, 2010, 8:45AM
Greatings, yo soy deprimida ... Gracias BernieR

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