Luvverly Liberty

24 May

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During my time in London I got a chance to go to the fabulous and famous Liberty of London.

My Aunt bought me a gift card at Christmas and I managed to wait until I could go in person and see all the wonderful items available up close!

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The actual building is amazing. I love its grand Tudor facade in black and white. It was 1924 when this incredible icon was constructed from the timbers of two ships: HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan.

We approached from Argyll Street so we could see Liberty’s own flower shop at the entrance. It was a lovely spring day and plenty of lavender and roses were arranged at the doorway.

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The haberdashery and fabric section contains plenty to keep you distracted for hours. I had a one hour time limit to select some fabric.

Liberty has a long history of artistic and inspiring collaborative projects on their Liberty Art Fabrics – from William Morris and Gabriel Dante Rossetti in the 19th century to Yves Saint Laurent and Dame Vivienne Westwood in the 20th.

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Every season staff scour the archives for historic prints that could be reissued for a modern audience. Watch this video on some of the design processes that go into selecting a new season’s fabrics.
Or this one about the printing process at the Lancaster factory! I swear I was so distraught when I realised I’d been so close to the factory during my uni days. Maybe I could have applied for a part time job or something! Sigh…

Recent collaborations include renowned brands such as Nike, Dr. Martens, Hello Kitty, Barbour and Manolo Blahnik to name but a few. My favourite was the Converse collaboration.

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I’m pleased to report I got two metres of lovely Melly paint splodge/splatter style tana lawn which I’ll be using for a happy smile-inducing dress!

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Have you been to the Liberty store? Would you love to?

12 Responses to “Luvverly Liberty”

  1. Francine May 24, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    Thank you SO much!! I know where I will be dragging my family after the FQR weekend in July 🙂

    • Almond Rock May 25, 2013 at 8:46 am #

      Prepare to spend plenty of time exploring! It’s gorgeous

  2. Louise - There She Sews May 24, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    I would *love* to go to Liberty. My mum and Grandma were big fans – we had Liberty curtains on our lounge when I was growing up!
    Have you seen some of Florence’s makes over at Flossie Teacakes? She’s made some really lovely things. Can’t wait to see what you make!
    Louise x

    • Almond Rock May 25, 2013 at 8:39 am #

      Oooh really? Liberty curtains!? That’s awesome. I have a dress in mind but the number escapes me at the moment 🙂 x

  3. grtescp May 24, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    thanks for the interesting history – I visited Liberty when I was in the UK in January, the building is amazing, fascinating that it was built from old ships!

    • Almond Rock May 25, 2013 at 8:40 am #

      I know right! So much history in there.

  4. Lynne May 24, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    I’ve been to Liberty twice, but didn’t buy any fabric; also I didn’t know the facade was made from two ships! The fabric you bought is lovely, good luck with your dress.

    • Almond Rock May 25, 2013 at 8:41 am #

      Thanks Lynne! How did you resist buying anything? Your willpower is stronger than mine 🙂

  5. Amanda May 25, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    Ohhh! That fabric is delish! What an awesome choice!
    And how amazing is the store- so luxe!

  6. Kirsty May 25, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    This is a dream for me to visit the store, Must get there one day!!! Thank your for all the photos. Might have to go and buy some Liberty today – just because.

  7. Gjeometry May 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    Wow!! Gorgeous building. Love the windows and chandaliers! Your fabric choice is very Jackson Pollack, nice!

  8. elise May 29, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Oh my gosh I just bought the exact same fabric after spending the better part of my birthday in Liberty (and the tea room 😉 This week-end the fabric turned into a blouse, it was a dream to sew with and is totally smile inducing! Cannot wait to see your dress!

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