Although we here at Friends are...as they say SUMMER people, there is no crime in sprucing it up for the cold weather. Our friends at Elsewhere invited us to explore their new space just days before their first event, so we collected a crew and shot our fave Fall/Winter pieces. You can find them on our insta or just click the links below:
As our frequent shoppers know, Burnin' For You candles are a Friends fave <3. Brooklyn-based Alex Andrade makes the smooth scents that we crave (plus, they make pretty great holiday gifts!). With so many awesome scents, we had to ask Alex our (new & improved) Friends questionnaire so we could get a peak behind where all the magical scents come from! Check our web store for our faves (and super popular) scents Faraway Beach & Mojave Daydream
Friends: What's your favorite item in your wardrobe?
Alex: A custom black silk dressing gown by Catherine D'Lish.
F: What’s your best vintage score?
A: Deadstock 70's Egyptian gold pendants.
F: What’s your favorite scent?
A: Mad Et Len's Madam Marty.
F: Your favorite movie?
A: The Telephone Book by Nelson Lyon.
F: Best trip you’ve taken?
A: My travels overseas have all been significant in shaping Burnin' For You, but I often return to the Mojave.
F: Where did you grow up?
A: CT and various parts of Europe.
F: What’s your favorite NYC secret?
A: Film Noir Cinema
Friends & Burnin' For You
HOT NEW MUSIC ALERT!! Do not miss Jayson Green's two new singles 'Interiors' released yesterday on Concierge Records. The music is beautiful, fun, and just really effin good.
Jayson is a long-time musician and DJ. He is also married to Emma (who sings on "Middle Finger of the Claw"), one of the owner's of Friends, and has contributed so much to the way the store has developed and evolved. Now show him some love - you won't regret it!! This music is magical - listen here. Also available on Spotify.
Cover art by Stephanie Levy & Michael Vadino
On Thursday, October 19, 2017, I walked with friends and family in Toronto for Light the Night, which raises money to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. We walked in support of my mom, Marlene Kadar, who was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma four years ago.
Marlene has received chemotherapy for most of the last four years, but sadly her cancer recently relapsed. The last treatment available to Marlene is a stem cell transplant, which is a brutal course of treatment that works about 25% of the time. However, we are still hopeful that our mom is strong enough to receive this treatment and that it will work beautifully <3
Cancer is a mysterious and dreadful thing. You can't see it, and yet you always know it is there, a new and unwanted family member that you just can't seem to shake. The medical system certainly tries to help rid you of this uninvited guest, but after all these years of watching my mom get poked, prodded, and infused with killer drugs, I have learned that the system in place for treating cancer can be as difficult as the disease itself. And my mom, Marlene, has handled it all with poise and strength. I am so proud of her.
Marlene is being treated at Princess Margaret in Toronto, a renowned cancer hospital. We are very lucky to have access to such an incredible team of doctors, nurses, and treatments. That said, I've realized how powerless cancer patients must feel during the course of their diagnosis and treatment. Treatment is highly regulated, based on studies and case evidence, and often there are no options - there are statistics. The patient seems to lose their individuality and becomes another number in the giant machinery of cancer treatment.
Light the Night gave our family, friends, and community, an opportunity to take back the power, to DO something instead of just sitting back and waiting for a doctor to regulate our next move. Our family was blown away by our community's generosity. We raised $11,425, making us a VIP fundraising team. Overall, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada raised $1,700,000 for research, treatment, patient programs and advocacy.
We are so grateful to everyone who contributed, and to our fabulous friends and colleagues who joined us on our walk this past Thursday evening. We felt your love and support so profoundly that some of the shadows of illness have been lifted. Thank you all.
We hope that new treatments will become available soon, not just for Marlene, but for the millions of people (many of them children!), who are suffering from blood cancers. We will wait, but in the meantime, we will revel in the feeling of walking together and remembering that we are not alone.
HEY FRIENDS! WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE FRIENDS BACKYARD!!!!!
As always, your besties here at friends NYC have your back when you need a pause between all those open studio visits. Come say hello to us at 16 Harrison place-we will be serving natural wine, beer, and snacks at 16 Harrison place as well as working with QSPACE on an installation entitled:
SANCTUARY; “what is safe space?”
An Experiential Art Installation to begin questioning the overworked descriptor “safe space.”
Come say hi, relax, and take a selfie <3
We are over the moon to have FOF (friend of Friends) Laura Bellmont kick off Bushwick Open Studios with an Opening here at Friends NYC. Besides the opening (we love a party!) Sept. 21 from 6-9 pm, we thought you could also get to know Miss Bellmont through our favorite questionaire:
F: What's your favorite item of clothing?
LB: A treasured seersucker vintage dress from the 60's
F: Who is your favorite artist??
LB: Saul Steinberg, Lotte Reiniger
F: If you could own any artwork in the world, what would it be?
LB: A piece of Calder's Circus
F: Who would write the intro to your autobiography?
LB: Dolly Parton?
F: What's your go to karaoke song?
LB: Tom Jones "Delilah"
F: What's your favorite show you have ever had ? (editors note: Dayquil caused us to originally ask played, and LB is funny enough to answer both!)
LB: Art show? My last show at Friends! Music Show? Solo concert in home for my boyfriend and dog audience
F: What would your superpower be?
F: Tell us a joke!
LB: Why did the toilet paper roll down the hill? - To get to the bottom!
Hey guys! This week on insta we will be giving away a size S of The Ragged Priest Tomboy Dress! Follow our feed (@friendsnyc) and watch out for our contest posts for instructions...and most of all...GOOD LUCK!
We're usually ahead of the curve, but we were a little to busy scoring some sick Fall gear (coming REAL soon!) to jump into fidget spinning. Alas, worry not...we picked it up like the pro's we are...and we even have a couple spinner available for you- Nermal approved Camo and Pink! and, we wouldn't be your Friends if we didn't also have a comprehensive guide.