When Gap closed its location in the Shops of Saddle Creek in April, Saddle Creek management wasted no time getting two upscale stores to take its place. Brighton Collectibles moved in on July 12, and Free People, the sister store of next door Anthropologie, opened its first Memphis location there on September 15.
Free People is part of the Urban Outfitters family of companies (UO opened its first Memphis location near Cooper Young last year), but its style is distinctive from both of its sister stores. Suited for an eclectic shopper, FP offers clothes, accessories, and housewares in a mix of boho, girly, tomboy, and beachcomber styles totally unique to its brand. And while the prices definitely fall more towards the Anthropologie end of the spectrum, we spotted a sale room that was already filling up...
This is only the second Free People location in Tennessee, so you can imagine how excited we were to take a little tour of the “Blacksmith Cottage”-style boutique. Although only 2,000 square feet, the new location feels bright and open, with natural elements and decorative touches that have us oh-so-ready for fall.
Scroll down for a look at the new store:
Free People, The Shops of Saddle Creek, 7615 W. Farmington Blvd., 752-2886, freepeople.com
What's that? You like pups and being fashionable? You wish there were some kind of event that could combine floppy eared friends and flouncy skirts?
Anthropologie of Saddle Creek will be pulling at your heart strings on September 22nd when they host "Sit. Stay. Love." — a pet adoption event featuring dogs from the Germantown Animal Shelter from 11 am. to 2 p.m.
Come and pick up a "Darling Dachshunds" printed dishtowel. And a pup to go with it.
Anthropologie, The Shops of Saddle Creek, 7615 West Farmington Blvd, Germantown, TN, 309-3440, anthropologie.com
Flip to this week's Stepping Out section of the Flyer and you'll notice Susan Ellis' overview of the various fashion events sweeping through Memphis this month. We'll give you the details here and add a few other events as well.
It's the 4th anniversary of Fashion's Night Out, and here are some ways you can celebrate.
South Main Fashion Night Out will showcase the multitude of boutiques and salons that have sprung up in South Main's burgeoning fashion district in the last decade. Expect your favorite looks from K'Presha, Muse, Everleah, and more, as well as hair and makeup by Talk of the Town, Main Event, Chris Styles, and other South Main salons.The event benefits Ronald McDonald House and runs from 6-9 p.m. at The Rumba Room. Tickets are $15 in advance from participating boutiques, or $20 at the door.
On the same night, on the other side of town, Wish at Saddle Creek will host Fashion Night Out, a benefit for Friends for Life, featuring a fashion show, goodie bags, and door prizes. The party starts at 6 p.m. and admission is free but donations are welcome.
And at Carriage Crossing, participating boutiques present Fashion Night Out Gala, with a fashion show, door prizes, goodie bags, and a chance to browse offerings from center’s 75 merchants. From 6 to 8 p.m., guests are invited to a free showcase of local styles on this international night of fashion.
For a fashion show with a dramatic flare, stop by Ballet Memphis' Costume Retrospective and Fashion Show at their headquarters at 7950 Trinity Road. The event marks the opening of the dance company's 26th season and brand new costume shop. Doors open at 6 p.m., the fashion gets underway at 7 p.m., and guests are invited to stick around for a dance party and celebration. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door.
For aspiring fashion designers, Memphis Fashion Week presents the Emerging Memphis Designers Project at Theatre Memphis from 5 to 6 p.m. Featuring five panelists, including designer John Sylvester of Sache, Catherine Walker from James Davis, costume designer Bruce Bui of Ballet Memphis, and others, the event will give up and coming designers information on how to participate in next year's Memphis Fashion Week. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.