NEW MUSIC: JAYSON GREEN

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.

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Cover art by Stephanie Levy & Michael Vadino

Light the Night: A Walk for Marlene

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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

Marlene's kids!My brother and me.

Marlene's kids!My brother and me.

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.

Best friends. Marlene with her friend Sue.

Best friends. Marlene with her friend Sue.

Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto.

Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto.

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. 

go Mar!

go Mar!

Marlene and her kids.

Marlene and her kids.

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.

FRIENDS NYC BACKYARD at BUSHWICK OPEN STUDIOS

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

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BFF's With Laura Bellmont

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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?

LB: Telekinesis

F: Tell us a joke!

LB: Why did the toilet paper roll down the hill? - To get to the bottom!

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Better Late than Never....Mary's Complete Guide to Fidget Spinning

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.

Panorama with our besties Bleached

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Last weekend, we got to play dress up & see a bunch of bands at Panorama with our angel babies, Bleached.  The weekend was so much fun, we wanna go back!  Check out some of Jennifer, Jessica and Micayla's favorite moments on Vogue (thanks for the shout out guys!) and check our diary below <3 (Plus they answered our BFF survey!)

The night before, we had a full on dress up party...it went a little beyond deciding what to wear on stage though :/

The night before, we had a full on dress up party...it went a little beyond deciding what to wear on stage though :/

Ugh call time was soooooo early but somehow Jen looked chipper while I drowned myself in coffee.

Ugh call time was soooooo early but somehow Jen looked chipper while I drowned myself in coffee.

 

 

After changing like 75 times, the perfect stage outfits!  WHAT CUTIES :)  

After changing like 75 times, the perfect stage outfits!  WHAT CUTIES :)

 

Drummer Nick was pretty hard to track down, but Alice and I managed to sneak a selfie.

Drummer Nick was pretty hard to track down, but Alice and I managed to sneak a selfie.

Obligatory Squad Photo

Obligatory Squad Photo

 

JENNIFER CLAVIN

F: What's your favorite item of clothing?

J: My vintage Betsey Johnson, olive green, lace leotard. 

F: What record would you take to a desert island??

J: Fleetwood Mac Tusk! 

F: Who would write the intro to your autobiography?

J: Oooooh. My Mom. Actually Jessie, my sister. 

F: What's your go to karaoke song? 

J: "If It Makes You Happy" by Sheryl Crow. 

F: What's your favorite show you have ever played?

J: Echo Park Rising. It's a fest in Los Angeles. We played in the middle of the street like a block away from where I grew up. It was just really magical and my outfit was on point :P

F: What would your superpower be?

J: To always live in the NOW. I don't think anyone can actually do that, that's why I see it as a superpower. 

F: Tell us a joke!

J: Q:Why can't ghosts have babies?

A: Because they have a halloweenie :) 

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JESSIE CLAVIN

Interview

F: What's your favorite item of clothing?

Jessie: My suspenders. 

F: What record would you take to a desert island??

Jessie: T Rex, Electric Warrior! 

F: Who would write the intro to your autobiography?

Jessie: I would want my intro to be friends and family writing like a sentence or two of a funny memorable story they had with me. 

F: What's your go to karaoke song? 

Jessie: Dolly Parton, Jolene. 

F: What's your favorite show you have ever played?

Jessie:Mexico City, the crowds are the best there! They make sure you have a good time! 

F: What would your superpower be?

Jessie: Strength! I have some crazy inner strength that comes out of me in real life, randomly with out even trying... 

F: Tell us a joke!

Jessie: I honestly don't know any! I would have to look one up. I do like quick witty jokes about musicians in bands.. they usually have some meaning to them. Haha  

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MICAYLA GRACE

F: What's your favorite item of clothing?

M: At the moment I think it would be my black one piece jumpsuit from Reformation. It's easy to throw on and feel totally ready to go...it's easy to play bass in so that makes it my favorite current stage outfit as well. 

F: What record would you take to a desert island??

M: If I could only take one record, I think I would take The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust by Bowie so I could listen to Five Years.  I think that song could get me through. 

F: Who would write the intro to your autobiography?

M: I would want someone funny to write it, so maybe Jack Black, School of Rock Style.  

F: What's your go to karaoke song? 

M: Tide is High, Blondie

F: What's your favorite show you have ever played?

M: Royal Albert Hall with Paramore!

F: What would your superpower be?

M: Using the force

F: Tell us a joke!

M: Knock knock

Who's there 

Impatient cow

Impatient cow wh---

MOO!

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NICK PILLOT

F: What's your favorite item of clothing?

N: sweater

F: What record would you take to a desert island??

N: Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville

F: Who would write the intro to your autobiography?

N: my dad

F: What's your go to karaoke song? 

N: Pat Benatar - we belong

F: What's your favorite show you have ever played?

N: the surreal life

F: What would your superpower be?

N: speed read

F: Tell us a joke!

N: My friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana, but I said "No... but I want a regular banana later, so yeah.

DIVE INTO AUGUST WITH OUR SWIM SALE !!!!!!!

It's hard to believe it's already August!  Time to soak up all the sun you can, enjoy every last beach day, and get on that vacation vibe!  We got you covered- and in style-because all our swimwear is now on sale!  Use the code SWIM30 and get 30% off all our favorite babely beach looks - from Lazy Oaf's Cloudy Suit and Frilly Rainbow Bikini Top to Body Glove's Throwback Tops and Bottoms.  See you in the surf!