LA Vaycay

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This Valentine’s day I spent the weekend in LA visiting friends and seeing my favorite band Sparks play at the Ace hotel. It was maybe the most ideal time to visit LA: the recent rains have spurred a fragrant greening of the hills, and the wintering songbirds gave the mornings a tropical feel. One of the best parts of the trip was my visit to the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City, a place I’ve been dying to see for years. It was incredible, like a Cabinet magazine come to life. There was a room dedicated to creepy superstitions (eating mice on toast to cure bedwetting?), TWO rooms of microscopes for tiny exhibits (one dedicated to Hagop Sandaldjian’s sculptures INSIDE the eyes of needles, and a row for Henry Dalton’s rococo floral collages made with individual butterfly scales) plus a rooftop garden with white doves and finches. I can’t recommend it enough. It reminded me a lot of Flutter. Note to self: more microscopes!
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The Sparks show was at the gorgeously renovated Theatre at the Ace, and the creme of LA was there (I wish I was better with faces, all those well-dressed silver foxes were certainly distant rock royalty). Waiting in the line, I couldn’t help but notice that almost everyone was decked out in killer vintage and fancy perfumes. Like, really unusual, fantastic perfumes. I definitely, positively smelled Rien by Etat Libre d’Orange, and I’m fairly certain Jasmin et Cigarette was there too. It’s funny how you can tell sometimes not what a perfume is but only that it is a very fine and distinguished scent. Chandler Burr would have died.

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I had an awfully friendly daiquiri at the poolside bar and watched the sun set over the city, then explored the nooks and crannies of the gold-on-gold Spanish Gothic theater (a sign on the wall of the ladies room said “Ms. Mary Pickford removed this mirror so, out of respect, we left it that way”). There was also this amazing sculpture in the lobby, her name is “Ladyfingers” by Kevin Will (photo by Spencer Lowell; not pictured: a posse of turquoise ceramic kittens). Sparks delivered a perfect set: their breakthrough album from 1974 in its entirety, played with a 38-piece orchestra… plus bonus material! It was heaven, if you like that kind of thing.

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The Flutter Film

We’re pleased to share the efforts from a collaboration between Flutter and Portland filmmaker Justin Kolezar: The Flutter Film!

A few months ago, Justin approached the shop to discuss the possibility of working together, and after seeing some of his other work, we were very excited to agree!

A little more about Mr. Kolezar:
“I’ve been working in film for the last ten years. I studied History in college and during that time I wrote and directed two feature films. After graduation, I moved to Portland where I finished my third feature. I like doing commercial work and music videos because it’s a quick turnaround in comparison to full length films. I try and seek out businesses like Flutter that have an interesting aesthetic; it makes the work fulfilling. I like garlic bagels, hockey, and Jerome, AZ.

Check out other films by Justin here.

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Well, I hope you all had a good Valentine’s Day. It’s such a funny holiday, I always try to go out to dinner with friends or see a movie or go dancing, and this year I did all three. My roommates and I ended up watching Harold and Maude, which left us all feeling inspired and tender. This weekend may have been great, but next weekend is sure to be better: Flutter’s official favorite band, the Magnetic Fields, are playing at the Aladdin Theater! They’re the first thing I ever wrote about for the Flutter blog, and the most-played band in the store for sure. The statistics on our obsession might be staggering, but let’s just say our contingent will represent at both shows. Even my 9 year old daughter is going (not at all unwillingly). Cindy likes to recount the time Stephin Merritt came in to her Seattle store ‘Dirty Jane’s’, back in the 90’s. Mr. Merritt, if you’re reading this, here’s some eye candy to lure you in to the store. I promise not to freak out or ask for your autograph.





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o summer, we hardly knew ye

Summer’s end is celebratory here at Flutter. We’ve all come back from our various junkets refreshed and inspired, eager to push up our sleeves and get something DONE. Like Aphrodite’s yearly dive into the Ionian Sea, summer vacation has renewed our enthusiasm and now we are unstoppable. Cindy and Kalaisha spent a hearty couple of days bringing in all of the glorious bits and pieces they have been hinting about on Facebook. Kalaisha is perfecly suited to her new position as co-chair of Flutter, Inc. Her sensibilities match and flatter Cindy’s, and the store this afternoon looks great in that special way that it always does right after a big re-arrange, before all the incredible velvet couches and lush mohair armchairs get snatched up. Their artistic intention is displayed to full effect, colors juxtaposing with just the right amount of cheek and class. It’s like dressing a set of a dramatic, romantic play, but with price tags. I asked Cindy if she felt a little sad, setting the stage so carefully and having it dismantled a little bit every day. She said: No silly that’s the point! And so, like a Navajo sand painting, Flutter exists preciously, naked to ravaging punters and savvy vintage junkies. Cindy and Kalaisha had more practice set dressing while working on the Builders and the Butchers video with Alicia Rose this summer. Look at this!!
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The Builders and the Butchers “Golden and Green” from What Rabbit on Vimeo.

People have been noticing Flutter’s good looks lately, and posting flattering pictures in their blogs, like VINTAGE INDIE, JUNKER JANE, SHOP VINTAGE PORTLAND and my personal favorite A SHIMMERING GO-BETWEEN.
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vagabond opera/ flutter mash-up



Vagabond Opera came in last week to borrow some stuff for a photo shoot, and when I got the link to the photos I was really impressed. They turned out so good!! Their new singer Ursula Knudsen looks amazing in the Frocky Jack and Urchin dresses. Eric Stern from V.O. played a Flutter party once, he sat in the rafters and serenaded everyone with his accordion- here’s a link to the video if you missed it the first time around>>>>>. Alisha Rose did the pictures for the shoot, she is the genius behind the Beast photo shoot with culinary it-girl Naomi Pomeroy. Check the Vagabong Opera website (>>>) for info about dates in town and to hear some of their songs.
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