To celebrate 30 years of the Birkin bag, Vintage collector and House of Hermès expert Catherine B has brought her unique collection to Liberty.
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.
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.
“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 >
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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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.
We go behind the scenes with Awon Golding and her world of London hats.
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.
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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Meet Pip McCormac, Lifestyle Director at Red Magazine and shop his Liberty Christmas gift edit.
For the un-initiated, Pip McCormac is the vivacious Lifestyle Director at Red Magazine. Having been in the industry for over 10 years, Pip has become renowned for his lifestyle expertise.
We chat to Pip about home interiors, what’s on his Christmas list this year, and what would he do if he were trapped in Liberty overnight…
What was your first experience of Liberty?
It was 2004, I had just moved to London and, finally, got my first job in journalism. The office wasn’t too far from Liberty, and I remember wandering in, being awed by the wood panelling, the beauty of the place, and thinking “one day, I’m going to decorate my house like this”.
What is your favourite part of the store?
It’s hard to choose – I spend most time in the kitchen department, which I think is full of incredibly well-priced and well-edited products and gift ideas. But I have a soft spot for the Christmas department too – I get very excited when it opens in August each year. I know it’s early, but it always looks so good!
Now that we’re starting to head into the depths of winter, what are you top tips for refreshing an interior space?
I’ve brought out a lot more pillar candles, and set them individually on saucers. It makes them easy to move around, to create little cosy nooks wherever you happen to be sitting. There’s something very romantic about the flickering glow.
What’s trending this season in home interiors? E.g. colours, designs, brands.
I’m seeing a lot of pastels coming through, but not ice cream colours. Think pinks and blues with grey in them. In the toilets at Spring, the incredible new restaurant by Skye Gyngell at Somerset House, the floor is covered in parquet, but in the mens’ it is pastel blue ceramic parquet tiles, and in the womens’ it is pastel pink. Now all I want is ceramic parquet.
Is there anything on your Christmas list from Liberty this year?
So much! The Crystal Bulb pendant light by Lee Broom would be my dream gift, but I would be equally happy with the glass lemon squeezer/measuring jug in the kitchen department, or a jar of the Flowers of Liberty Seville Orange Marmalade.
What do you do when you need some interiors inspiration?
Genuinely, I pop into Liberty. There is always such an inspiring mix of homewares, and it makes for a very calming, very energising few minutes. My office now is about three minutes walk from Liberty, so the store has become my happy place.
Finally, if you were trapped in Liberty overnight, what would you do?
Head to the chocolate department and get stuck in.
If you loved hearing from Pip, browse his gifting edit entailing all his favourite Liberty products! Make sure you share with us your favourites on Twitter or Instagram @LibertyLondon.