Liberty’s London has become synonymous with quality handcrafter work since the doors of the exquisite Tudor building opened in the 1920s. The early years of Liberty’s set the tone for the department stores that shoppers currently enjoy today. Arthur Lasenby Liberty started a small shop in 1874 in order to change the look of home and fashion. By 1885, the business grew with a need for beautiful carpets, fabric and furnishings. As Liberty began to form relationships with top designers in England during the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements, the prestigious store became a household name.
In the 1950s, Liberty’s was known as the place to go for eclectic designs that paid homage to traditional design while pushing the boundaries towards contemporary design. Liberty’s featured and promoted new designers to keep their stock fresh and innovative. Serious fashion came into the picture in the 1960s when luxury and opulence was the standard in England. With nods to Eastern fashion, Liberty sold current designs and pieces from its archives to the fashionable elite.
Today, Liberty’s London is the spot in London to shop for a wide variety of women’s and men’s clothing, home décor and gifts from top designers. Liberty’s is also known for its high standards in the manufacturing and sale of quality fabrics. Since the 1800s, Liberty’s has produced fabrics used for clothing, upholstery and window treatments. Choose from classic floral prints, geometric or novelty prints for any style.
Liberty fabrics are not only beautiful, they are also made to last and create a statement on any design. Liberty fabrics are sold online and in a variety of fabric shops worldwide. The top-selling Liberty fabrics include Tana Lawn, Varuna Wool, Silk Twill, Cotton Twill, Cotton Lycra and Corduroy. The Tana Lawn is 100% pure cotton that is finely woven and lightweight, making it one of Liberty’s most popular fabrics for garments. The Silk Twill’s durability and luster make it one of Liberty’s most popular fabrics for dresses and blouses. And for swimsuits or lingerie? You won’t find anything better than the Cotton Lycra in a variety of eye-catching prints.
While some come to Liberty’s for the goods, others visit the store to view the amazing architecture of the building or window shop. Liberty’s has a team of creative stylists who create window masterpieces, especially during Holidays or new releases with top designers. Liberty’s has continued to set the bar in terms of collaborations with artistic masterminds in England by working with designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood.
In honor of Liberty’s longstanding history and influence on design in the UK and worldwide, I wanted to feature The Liberty Book of Home Sewing. The first book of its kind, this book features gorgeous photographs of Liberty’s amazing fabric prints along with projects for home sewing. Learn how to make kimonos, throws, cushions and much more with special designs that use classic fabric prints to create modern designs. This book is one-of-a-kind for those wanting an insider peek into the genius behind Liberty’s London fabrics and designs.
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