Liberty News: Terry de Havilland Comes To Liberty

Saturday 29th November 2014, 10.00

Terry de Havilland talks to Liberty about his recent collaboration, ahead of his appearance in-store on Saturday 29 November.


Terry de Havilland shoes are synonymous with London in the 60s and 70s. Known for representing street style, as a designer De Havilland has produced zeitgeist-capturing footwear for generations. Revived in 2002, his eponymous label now produces forward-thinking designer shoes for high profile fans and stylish customers alike. We chatted to the designer himself about his Liberty print collection ahead of his personal appearance in-store 3-4pm on Saturday 29 November.

What is your first memory of Liberty?
I remember my mother taking me into the West End just after the second world war had ended, I would have been about 7 at the time. We caught the bus into town one afternoon to celebrate winning the war. As evening fell all the lights came on. I had never seen anything like Liberty before. It reminded me of a huge galleon with all the windows ablaze with light. It made a lasting impression on me.

Has it changed since the first time you were here?
In essence, no. However, I do love the way Ed Burstell is pushing the boundaries and funking it up. It’s so refreshing to come across someone in retail who’s prepared to stir up the mix.

What was your favourite part of creating a collaboration with Liberty?
To be honest, I was amazed when Ed approached me. I’ve always wanted to have a play with Liberty fabrics but never thought I was the kind of designer that would be considered a ‘good fit’. I really enjoyed the whole experience and hope that I’ll get a chance to do another collection. Having done one, I’m itching to have another go – I keep getting flashes of what I’d do next.

liberty print terry de havilland

What was it like going to the Liberty archive?
Mind-blowing! There was so much to look through. So many colours and patterns. It was a total trip.

How have your shoes changed over the years?
I’m on my sixth decade of shoe design now so of course they’ve changed along the way. I actually stopped designing under my own name in the 80s and 90s. During that period I was designing for the alternative market – lots of Punks and Goths in the 1980s and Cyber Goths and Ravers in the 1990s, but the shoes have always borne my signature profiles. I still use the same lasts as I did decades ago. Once you get a good last you tend to stick with it, as I try to make my shoes as comfortable as possible. If you look closely at my designs they’re actually very classic in profile, it’s just the uppers that are a bit out there.

Do you have an all-time favourite pair that you’ve designed?
That’s a tough question. Every time I design a collection I get a new favourite. Once I’ve made the prototypes I tend to carry them around with me. They always end up on a table in the bedroom so they’re the first thing I see when I wake up. That’s a bit sad I suppose!

Who do you have in mind when designing?
Women with plenty of attitude. They’re not for shrinking violets. Nothing gives me a bigger buzz than seeing someone I don’t know looking gorgeous in a pair of my shoes.

Finally, if you could own one thing from Liberty what would it be?
The building!

Shop the Terry de Havilland Liberty print collection, and meet the designer himself in-store 3-4pm, Saturday 29 November.


The Original Hermes Birkin Comes to Liberty

Friday 14th November 2014, 17.34

To celebrate 30 years of the Birkin bag, Vintage collector and House of Hermès expert Catherine B has brought her unique collection to Liberty.

Catherine B

Owner of vintage boutique Les 3 Marches in Paris, collector Catherine B deals exclusively in Chanel and House of Hermès. With a collection that includes the original Birkin bag made by Jean-Louis Dumas for Jane Birkin herself, Catherine has brought this rare piece (among others) to London for the first time in celebration of the bag’s 30th anniversary.

Original Hermes Birkin

Catherine credits the Birkin’s stunning longevity to its wearability,“the Birkin has been famous since 1984, it will still be here in 2024”. Initialled and featuring a bespoke shoulder strap, the original Birkin bag is the cornerstone in an unrivalled collection of vintage bags, scarves and accessories that are usually housed in Catherine’s Paris store, but have been brought to Liberty,a place Catherine calls a “symbol of chic” with a unique heritage and the capacity to do these iconic pieces justice.

Also featured in the exhibition are a mini black lizard skin Kelly bag, a Birkin bag illustrated by Antoine Kruk and a prarie green ‘collier de chien’ belt. When selecting vintage or second hand pieces, Catherine says, “the handbag, scarf or accessory should talk to you”. Each piece in her landmark Hermès collection has been chosen for its unique appeal, whether it’s an artistic touch, a luxurious finish or simply for the love of the craftsmanship – a major point in Catherine’s world of vintage.

Vintage Hermes Collection

“Brands can’t craft to the same standard now…there is too much demand. Everyone wants an Hermès bag” she says, mulling over the brand’s position as a pillar of quality, struggling to balance impeccable work with huge demand. This is why she has always turned to vintage;“I don’t want a piece that just anyone can have”.

Visit the Liberty heritage suite 14 – 17 November to browse Catherine’s collection of rare and one-off pieces. Certain items will also be available to purchase from the 2nd floor vintage department. Find out more >


Behind the Scenes: Trish McEvoy

Wednesday 12th November 2014, 10.30

Liberty chats with Trish McEvoy, renowned makeup artist, about her Liberty print Planner and Power of Makeup in-store residency this week.


We caught up with makeup artist and innovation entrepreneur Trish McEvoy ahead of her debut in-store appearance to talk winter looks, essential products and creating the exclusive Liberty print Trish McEvoy Planner…

This is your first store appearance at Liberty; how are you feeling about sharing your knowledge with London?
I’ve been coming to London for many years and am overjoyed to now be sharing The Power of Makeup with my Liberty London clients after three fabulous years in your store. I love everything about the Liberty feel and aesthetic and think the Liberty client is a very special woman, equally elegant, authentic and empowered. I can’t wait to meet her and help take her beauty understanding to the next level.

Are there any other London spots you’re looking forward to visiting?
The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red ceramic poppy installation at the Tower of London for Remembrance Day. What an extraordinarily beautiful and moving idea that came to life.

Have you had a chance to look around Liberty before, if so what was your favourite department and why?
The Beauty Department, bien sur!! It is such a special elegant, harmonious, joyful place. I love the wonderful teams, the spirit of the department and the sense of a beauty community. I also love the Liberty Print accessories department!

What are your top tips for winter make-up?
#1 is always keeping skin hydrated. First and foremost, gently exfoliate skin daily and peel it weekly to clear away the dead cells that dull skin’s appearance and inhibit both moisture absorption and a smooth make-up application. Then take the moisture in your regimens up a notch: layer hyaluronic-acid based serums under your moisturisers, layer moisturisers over your serums and bump up the moisture content in your foundation. Once skin is looking supple, clear and radiant, you can start playing with colour and definition to dress up your look for the season. This is the time of year to build up the lash line with winged liquid liner, dramatic lashes and perfectly defined brows. ‘Tis also the season for rich pigments and shimmer on the lids and lips. The nights are long so ensure your formulas offer 24-hour wear. On the face you want to warm and contour with washes of bronzer (applied from a C-into-a-3 shape from forehead to temple to cheekbone to jawline) and highlight (in a V shape from the upper cheekbone to above the outer brow) and a pop of blush to brighten the complexion.

Why do you think your Planner has been so successful?
Once women try it, there is simply no other way! Once you have cut the space your make-up occupies into a third, seen it all organised at your fingertips and portable at a moment’s notice, there is no going back to cluttered countertops, drawers and bags. It replaces make-up excess and disorder with confidence and calm, totally revolutionising the way a woman buys, carries and applies her makeup. It is bigger than beauty – it’s a life and mental improvement.

What was your favourite part of creating your Liberty print Planner?
Oh my goodness, I so admire the legacy of Liberty London Print and having my very own is just a thrill. I love the joyfulness of my red fabric with blue roses – it puts me in a good mood just looking at it.

What will you and your team teach lucky customers during your make-up lessons at Liberty?
We will be focusing on the look of the season alongside the core techniques that will serve them for life. We will get down the basics of beautiful skin and feature enhancement, then dress it up for the holidays, working on the very defined eye, liquid liner and full-lash look every woman wants this time of year. We will also focus on how to get a glamorous brow that is individually suited to each brow, eye and face shape.

Finally, if you could pick only three essential products from your range, what would they be?
That is a very tough question! The Planner system of course – including the binder and pages (I am not counting this as two!). I also have to say my Instant Eye Lift, because dark circles are my Achilles heel and this product diminishes fine lines and treats the skin so it’s a 3-in-1. And again because it’s such an amazing multi-tasker, my Beauty Balm Instant Solutions SPF 35. It evens, moisturizes, brightens, controls oil, wears all day, protects and improves skin as you wear it. I put this on and I know my skin will look and feel fabulous as long as my days, which are sometimes very long indeed! Lastly, mascara is so important and mine are so special I have to give you a 4th product pick. My tubular High Volume and Lash Curling formulas wrap every lash for a very naturally enhanced look and they will not smudge or budge till you remove them, which you can only do with warm water!

Like the sound of her products? Discover the Trish McEvoy beauty collection.

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Beauty Beat: Sharon McGlinchy MV Organic Skin Care

Wednesday 5th November 2014, 17.38

Meet Sharon McGlinchey, leading expert in Australian skin care and founder of MV radiance therapy.
Sharon McGlinchey has more than 20 years experience in aiding problematic skin. She developed her signature skin therapy treatment – MV radiance therapy – through her extensive knowledge of meditation, yoga and beauty remedies, in order to create an all-over body and mind healing experience.

We catch up with Sharon about her visit to Liberty and discuss her renowned organic skin care treatments.

How does radiance therapy work?
Though a combination of guided meditation, a simple yoga breathing technique and my unique rhythmical massage, a deep state of relaxation is achieved. This allows the body to easily release tension and stress, as it stills the mind and body. It’s far more than a facial – it’s a skin and body healing experience.

How can people use your products at home to replicate a treatment?
Easy – just by following the MV 3 Min Skin Ritual and including the MV Mask Ritual. Both YouTube videos can be accessed via the MV website.

Best piece of beauty advise?
Always always remove your make up at the end of the day!

Your products are loved around the world – what makes the collection so appealing?
The quality and efficacy. Whether you have super sensitive skin or you’re concerned with things like sun damage or ageing – MV works. In Sydney I work closely with Naturopaths and they refer to MV as ‘medicine for your skin’.

Any new products in pipeline?
I’m currently working on a serum for New York based make-up artist – Dotti. In her work she needs the skin to be radiant but to also be calm – this is still a ‘work in progress’ but look out for it some time in 2015.

How does yoga breathing help improve health and beauty?
As many of us tend to shallow breathe for much of day, we are often more stressed, easily agitated and lacking in concentration. Deep breathing for one minute 3 times each day can make a big difference to stress levels. Stress and tension show in our face and tend to age us so if we can relax and reduce stress and tension by simply breathing properly for one minute 3 times a day we will all be healthier and look healthier!

What is on your Liberty wish list?
RMS Living Luminizer Cream.

Take a look at the MV Organic Skincare products from Sharon McGlinchey. Browse the other great treatments on now at the Liberty beauty spa on our Beauty Events page. Be the first to hear about our beauty events by following us on Twitter and Instagram @LibertyLondon, or Facebook.


Behind the Scenes: Awon Golding

Wednesday 5th November 2014, 17.22

We go behind the scenes with Awon Golding and her world of London hats.

Awon golding

London-based milliner Awon Golding launched her eponymous label after a background in fashion magazines. Her award-winning hats are playful, structured pieces with a distinct edge and an innate wearability that has seen them coveted by customers and fashion editors alike; we asked the designer herself to take us round her studio.

Why did you choose London to base your millinery business?
I’m half English and half Indian so have been coming to London since I was a baby to visit family, but I finally made the move from Hong Kong about 5 years ago to pursue my dream of becoming a milliner. I enrolled in a year long millinery course at the Kensington Chelsea College and have been making hats ever since. London is the hat capital of the world, hosting some of the best milliners around and its this dynamic atmosphere I wanted to be a part of. If you can make it in London, you can make it anywhere!

What was the first hat you made for yourself?
The first hat I made was a piece to wear to my step-brother’s wedding a little over ten years ago, it was a small floral slide with some beading, pretty terribly made if I recall. I couldn’t find anything I liked or could afford in the shops so I decided to turn my hand to it myself. The compliments I got spurred me on to think perhaps I could actually make a living out of this. Fast forward a decade and here I am.

How have you set out your studio?
Like many new designer-makers I currently work from home, my dining table serving as the main hub for Awon Golding HQ. It’s not ideal but you’ve got to start somewhere. Working from home means that I have access to my work 24/7 and have the ability to carefully budget during this bootstrapping period. It also means I have an eternally patient boyfriend who puts up with all of my hatting stuff scattered around the flat.

Awon Golding Lookbook

What inspires you daily?
I check my social media religiously, it’s a great source of imagery and inspiration. It’s important to stay abreast of whats happening in the world as it informs new design ideas and concepts. Pinterest specifically has been a huge help. On a personal level I’m inspired by people who make things happen, ‘can-do’ people who see beyond problems and spot the opportunities. They are generally optimists with really positive outlooks on life. It’s a confidence, drive and vision that I aspire to.

Do you have a favourite piece that you’ve made?
I love my SS14 ice cream hats, I think they embody the humour and sense of fun that is so special about hats. Millinery can get a tad serious sometimes.

What did you set out to achieve with your millinery label?
My main ambition is to see my hats in the best boutiques and department stores around the world. Having Liberty as my first London stockist was a dream come true and is paving the way to me achieving that goal. I’d love to launch a RTW line at some point in the future, and perhaps a men’s line, so watch this space.

Who are your millinery icons?
You can’t be a milliner without admiring Philip Treacy’s work. I went to the recent Isabella Blow exhibition to check out the hats and his work was jaw dropping up close and personal. I really appreciate immaculate production and his is utterly faultless. I really look up to Stephen Jones as well, his work and influence are omnipresent, but he maintains approachable and down to earth for someone with such a huge design legacy. As for hat wearing icons you can’t go wrong with Audrey Hepburn, the woman could wear a sack on her head and still manage to look chic. She’s someone that I come back to time and again for inspiration.

How would you describe the woman who wears your hats?
The women that wear my hats are confident and fashion aware, and don’t mind standing out from the crowd. They believe in style over transient trends, and value quality craftsmanship.

Finally, What’s on your Liberty wish list?
I’m lusting after Noor Fares’ hand-carved turquoise and diamond ear cuffs as well as Lily Kamper’s dip-dyed perspex necklaces. Swoon!

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