At Free People, we love LOVE, especially the friendship kind. As Valentine’s Day approaches, we wanted to share some of the biggest love-ships that have blossomed between us.
ARINA, AMANDA, STEPHANIE, MADDIE,
PATRY, IRYNA & ABBIE
“Maybe it’s the lucky number seven, or maybe all our differences are what draw us to each other – our ages range from early 20s to mid 30s. But even after spending every day of the week together, we eagerly schedule beach weekend getaways, happy hours that lead to dance parties, early Saturday morning workouts and get-togethers at one of our homes. We found each other in Building 25. A “hello” in the hallway turned into a conversation in the kitchen, which turned into a year-long text thread full of baby photos and inside jokes. We hold each other up during the hard times and gather together in celebration of the happy times. When I’m asked what I love most about my job, they are the six first things I mention!”
For Valentine’s Day, these seven would go all in for the Stone Cold Fox Tent. Perfect for the next beach weekend!!
SAM & JENNA
“I was working at the Free People store in Soho and Jenna was inParamus (our first store!). We knew of each other through a social media circuit of friendly store girls. I remember seeing her during a shopping trip in Paramus and was like “omg, she’s so cool, there’s @smiithjenna” but never would have introduced myself – ha. When Facebook started making friend recommendations, we were matched (creepy) and became friends there. It was all very loose, we didn’t chat much beyond comments/occasional messages. It wasn’t until she messaged me in early 2018 when she was interested in working at Home Office that we really started to talk and spent out first bits of time together – and from there we, unsurprisingly, really hit it off!”
For Valentine’s Day Sam would gift Jenna the Take Care Cardi because “I have it and she loves it!”
Jenna would get Sam the We The Free Clarity Ringer Tee because “she already owns it in pink and is obsessed with it!”
LAURA & TAMEEKA
“Our love affair began in Melbourne, Australia in 2013, where we worked together (but on opposite sides of the buying industry) creating one amazing collection! We quickly bonded over our love of fashion, yoga, brunching, flat whites and espresso martinis… We then went on to working side by side for another Melbourne retailer before both making the move to the USA. We’re so glad we have each other through the country/culture and weather changes!!”
For V Day, Laura would gift Tameeka the Amethyst Cut Crystal Cactus because she loves the planet, crystals and “me time.”
Tameeka would give Laura the Via Verano Meditation Pillow.
IRYNA & DOM
“Dom and I have known each other for almost five years. We met back in 2014 at another coworker’s art exhibition. Both fairly new to URBN, we struck up a friendship at work and and outside the office. Our positions at Free People had us working closely together for years. We’re lucky to remain friends until now! She has such an easygoing personality — I consider her the yin to my yang. :)”
Since Dom loves Crossfit, Iryna would gift her lots of FP Movement pieces, including the You’re a Peach Reflective Legging.
KIM & HEATHER
Heather’s story: “We have known each other for 3 years but it’s felt like all our lives. I had just moved here from San Francisco and didn’t know many people. She gave me an office tour on my first day and she reminded me so much of my friends back home. I remember thinking, “I’m going to make her my friend.” Kim and I quickly bonded and became instant pals.”
Kim’s: “We have known each other for 3 years and met here @ Free People! I loved Heather’s style and energy (not to mention I really wanted to get to know her dog, Doug). She is sweet, caring, and really values her friendships. She is also extremely talented and an inspiration to me both inside and outside of work. She’s a lifer!”
KATIE & KELSEY & ALSTON
“We met through a mutual love of buffalo chicken wings and horror films. As a bunch of transplants to Philly, we quickly became best friends and roommates, spending almost too much time together for two years now.”
Kelsey: “For Valentine’s Day, since Katie bought her first big girl house and I’m so superstitious, I’m gifting her the Yarnbomb Lucy Yarn Horseshoe for her front door!”
Alston: ” Kelsey is always down for a face mask party. For Valentine’s Day I am going to get her a new mask for her collection.”
Katie: “Alston is a cheetah girl and loves kittens, so I am going to get her the Belle Printed Skinny Pants“
JULIA & KATERINA
“We have been friends for 7 years 4 months 30 days 3 hours and 6 minutes (but who’s counting?). We met the first day of college, and have lived together ever since! We were brought together by our silly humor and love for junk food. When we aren’t at work we love to go thrifting, eat at our favorite places, and watch reality TV. Our superpower is living together, working right next to each other, and never ever getting sick of each other.”
Katerina would get the Eva NYC Mini Ceramic Styler for Julia to do touch-ups on the go!
KATELYN & CALLIE
“Katelyn and I met last summer when she started on the graphic design team with me. We immediately hit it off at work (realizing we were both complete and utter weirdos) and shortly after I started kidnapping her every day after work to come over and hang out with me (no literally…I wouldn’t let her go home.) Fast forward over a year later and she’s now BFFs with my doormen, she has her own set of pajamas at my apt, we speak to each other 95% of the time in Vine references, we own the same matching necklaces (I copied her to be fair) and she’s one of the best friends I’ve ever had <3 “
Callie: “For V-Day I would gift Katelyn the Beachcomber Slide Bracelet. She gave it to me for Christmas this year and since we already have matching necklaces, why not just add to the collection!”
Katelyn: “I would get Callie the Kocostar Slice Sheet Mask (in Lemon!) because we love trying new beauty products and having cozy movie nights in. I would also get the Skin Gym Crystal Facial Roller because we were recently on a flight together and she borrowed mine & loved it!!”
SHARE YOUR OWN BFF STORY HERE!
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How long ago did you meet? What brought you together? What do you love most about your BFF?
Include a photo of you and your BFF/s (preferably horizontal in format, and minimum pixel width of 800), and choose an item from our site that you’d love to gift each other for Valentine’s Day. Send your write-up and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org and write “BFF Story” in the subject line! Deadline is February 1st. Open to residents of the US only.
FIVE OF YOU WILL BE SELECTED AND FEATURED IN THE NEXT FP BFF STORIES POST AND WIN A FREE PEOPLE GIFT CARD !