suburban square event!

free people suburban square (located outside philly) is hosting a weekend long summer kick-off party june 24th, 25th & 26th! with every $100 purchase you’ll receive a one-of-a-kind tie-dyed FP beach bag! come shop all the new summer arrivals with refreshments, raffles, other giveaways and some tricks we’ve got up our sleeves. it’s sure to be the best summer party and we want you there! visit our facebook page to find out more, and keep in touch!

here are some great pictures from lana at fp suburban square – she had a tie dye party last weekend where they dyed a bunch of our large fabric bags to give away at the party!

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and here’s a little sneak peek at the fun stuff they have planned for this weekend!

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check them out on facebook here!

Exile in Austin: July Catalog Release Party!

i am so excited to tell you guys about something special we’re doing to celebrate our july catalog! you may remember that i was down in austin a couple of months ago, where we shot the book with local band the happen-ins. well we had such a blast that we decided to go back and throw a party to celebrate the catalog release! And what better way to do it than with some live music from the happen-ins?!  if you aren’t familiar with these guys yet, you will be soon… their music – a blend of r&b, americana and classic rock – is intoxicating. not to mention, we love their style :) check them out on facebook here.

the event will take place friday june 17th at 5-8PM

at austin’s mohawk room– where we shot part of our july book!

located at 912 red river st– a strip of austin’s hottest live music venues.

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come hang out with us while enjoying live music from the happen-ins, a special viewing of our catalog video before anyone has seen it, and enter your name in a raffle for a chance to win a $500 or $50 gift card to FP!

we’ll also hand out fliers for a 15% off discount that you can use at our austin store locations – downtown and at the domain.

***this is an all ages event!***

i’m so excited to go back to austin! i hope to see lots of you there!

saturday in philly

saturday was a beautiful day in philly, the perfect day to take a long walk around the city.  my destination was broad street, for the philadelphia international festival of the arts (PIFA) street fair taking place all day long.  i took the long route from my place in old city and walked through my favorite neighborhood, society hill. it’s such a charming part of the city – full of historic buildings, red brick, adorable town homes with front stoops and the occasional cobble-stoned street.

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passed this adorable little park hidden behind brick walls, that i’d never seen before!

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this guy was going around asking people to wear a mask of his face for a photo, for a school project.  after obliging, i asked him to do the same :)

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i finally made it to broad street where there was a palpable excitement in the air.  two stages with live music, street performers, food vendors, a ferris wheel and more lined the avenue of the arts for the PIFA street fair, with this year’s inspiration coming from paris in the early 20th century.

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this contraption was attached to a giant crane that lifted it in the air for a performance by la compagnie trans express, which, sadly, i did not get to see.

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i noticed a crowd of people gathered around something and went closer to find them taking pictures of…a vine?

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and then the vines started to move.

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they are a part of a performance art group called “the living vines,” and it was probably one of the coolest things i saw at the street fair.

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the way they twisted and contorted themselves was so amazing…i literally couldn’t take my eyes off of them!

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sometimes the most random days end up being the best :)

another fun event – tomorrow at fp topanga!

C O A C H E L L A fashion show is finally here!!!

*Fashion show is April 2nd at 1pm sharp

*DJ in stores from 1-4pm

*Exclusive limited edition Free People Gift Bags with every purchase of $100 or more while supplies last (pictured above)

*Free People Feather Hair Extensions with every $50 or more while supplies last

We are so excited to have you attend our Coachella fashion show, it’s going to be a BLAST. Free People models, amazing music, and tons of new product, it doesn’t get better than that!

It’s also our store’s third BIRTHDAY so in celebration we are going to have light refreshments and tons of sweets:)

Don’t be camera shy either, we are going to have a photographer at the event to document the show for our Free People blog

Come early to the event so you don’t miss out!

Can’t wait to see you at the show :)

XOXO Free People Topanga

(818)716-8069

fp girls meet patti smith

i just got an email with the subject “patti smith and store 808” and i had to blink a couple of times and make sure i was reading correctly- but a couple of our fp girls in boston did in fact get to meet patti smith herself at a book signing and lecture that took place last week at the museum of fine arts. i am so jealous… since reading her book she has become a huge inspiration for me, and i wish i had known her story sooner and gone to one of her appearances because to hear her speak in person would be life changing.

luckily our fp girls took some great notes! here’s a recap of the event from ava, our MIT in boston.

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Last week Christine (our assistant store manager) and I had the opportunity to go meet Patti Smith at the Museum of Fine Arts for a book signing and lecture….. It was an amazing experience! We snapped a few photos, and jotted down quotes from her lecture.

We first went to the book signing – we could barely contain our excitement while waiting in line, along with our Sales Associate Kaly. We had the opportunity to talk to her at the table, and were completely star struck – she was so nice, completely approachable and laid back. I’m sure I mumbled something dumb to Patti about her being wonderful.

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After the book signing we went into the auditorium, and when we saw her guitar on stage – we knew we were in for a special treat! She read excerpts from Just Kids, told stories, took questions and even sang a couple of songs.

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patti’s guitar, from “objects of life”

I jotted down some quotes below that I was scribbling in my note book. When Patti saw Kaly holding her notebook, she asked her “Are you a writer?” and Kaly said, “No, I’m an artist.” and Patti replied “You can always spot writers and artists because they always keep their notebook close!”

A lot of Patti’s talk emphasized the importance of labor within the realm of art.

“The goal of an artist is to magnify one’s vision to make it flesh. … A true artist’s ultimate goal is not celebrity.”

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patti’s jacket with rimbaud pin, from “objects of life”

On Fashion:

At one point Patti was reading from her book, and came to a passage that mentioned a long blue raincoat and she stopped, and said “I had to mention that rain coat. I’m a coat freak. In fact, I was signing books earlier and I was coveting at least two people’s coats!”

“All my outfits had names… Actually, the whole history of new wave film I had in two drawers.”

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handmade tambourine, from “objects of life”

On Song Origins:

As an opening to her song Wing – she said “I always screw up when I do this song. I wrote it, but it sort of expresses my state of mind as a young girl of 20, before I met Robert Mapplethorpe…”

I was free

needed nobody

it was beautiful

it was beautiful

Talking about how she came up with the song Grateful, right before she sang it:

“I was feeling a little low– and I was standing there so sad and I had this vision of Jerry Garcia and he smiled at me and shook his hair, and this song came into my head so I named it ‘Grateful.’ It felt like a gift from Jerry…. Life is tough, but things work out.”

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suitcase from “objects of life”

Talking about NYC:

“I went to NYC the way I usually did things- not having any money, not knowing where I was going to stay, not telling where I was going. Truthfully I still often travel that way… It’s exciting!”

“We lived at the Chelsea Hotel. Everyday was an adventure… some people accuse me of name dropping in my book. I can’t help it everyone. Everyone was there in the late 60s.”

About Boston:

When Robert asked me to write this book he was here in Boston, so I always have a special sense of him when I am here.

Audience questions:

What do you think about audiobooks?

“I’ll never not love books. I love the paper and to hold it. However, there’s a lot of trash that is being written that doesn’t deserve to be a beautiful object….. I was against color tv when it came out. You people think I am so cutting edge, but I never want anything to change.”

She did reveal she’s doing an audiobook of Just Kids, even though she didn’t know what a Kindle was about a year ago.

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paintbrush from “objects of life”

I’m a 20 year old unemployed painter. How do I grow up to be as cool as you? (Patti’s response to this was one of our favorite moments!)

“I never knew a 20 year old employed painter!

The main reason I went to NYC wasn’t to be a rich, famous artist, but to get a job. We do what we can in order to survive. Work really hard to magnify your vision. Don’t worry about selling work. Just evolve. Work hard.

If you mean you don’t have a job – GET ONE! I was always aware that you need to work in order to have food, or materials. If you mean you aren’t selling it, don’t worry about it.

First thing: Do good work. Worry about selling it later.  Make it first.

People think “oh, if you are a punk rocker you don’t work….. Uh… sorry!

I got married, scrubbed floors, raised children, and I was still an artist everyday. Unfortunately, I was not a very good housekeeper.”

(She then sang My Blakean Year)

What historical woman would you consider to be punk rock?

“Joan of Arc!”

How do you feel about being called the Godmother of Punk?

“To me people worrying about who was, who is punk rock, it’s like when my husband and brother in law would make fantasy baseball teams  and argue for hours and hour about who was better… it’s all theoretical.

First it was Princess of Piss. Then Queen of punk, now Godmother. Next I’ll be the Dinosaur.”

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In a room full of 400 people, it felt like we were sitting in a living room just hanging out. She ended her lecture by leading the entire crowd in an acapella sing along of ‘Because the Night’ (one of my favorite songs of ALLLLLL TIME) after reading the excerpt about hearing it on the radio while walking down the street- it was absolutely amazing!

“objects of life” images from here.

thank you so much for sharing your experience ladies!