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 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.
Liberty welcomes the new men’s luxury sneaker installation from Mr Hare.
Last night Mr Hare launched his new line of leather trainers at Liberty in a roar of cocktails and beats from DJ Khalil (Livin’ Proof) at Liberty. On the Lower Ground floor, the installation took over the men’s shoes department showcasing the three new styles: a high top, low top and skate shoe.
For those not yet in the know, the Mr Hare brand began in a uniquely casual beginning, and his shoes follow the same trend with their laid back yet dashing designs. It all started in Spain in 2008 when Mr Hare noticed a gentleman’s old and weathered footwear, and thought that with a few tweaks, they could be transformed into fashionable, dapper shoes.
Today, Mr Hare is a world-renowned high-fashion name. His signature shoe style is casual meets luxury in a fiercely successful combination, and he is proud to be taking London shoes global.
We spoke to Marc Hare about being stocked in Liberty:
How are you feeling about being stocked in Liberty?
I’m super excited about it, it’s the best men’s shoe department in all of London and we know that because we’ve been in here before and all of our sophisticated Mr Hare customers always come here.
Was the shoe department your first experience of Liberty?
No, it’s a legend of a place. It’s like stepping into Alice’s Wonderland, it’s the most beautiful building in all of London and to have our shoes in here is an absolute honour.
Now you’re in Liberty, what’s next?
Retirement in a few months…! No we’ve just launched leather trainers for the first time this season they’re the most amazing thing, Italian made, top to bottom full leather sneakers. It’s something that we’re going to put a lot of effort into over the next few years – I’ve always been a South London sneaker boy so it’s my thing!
What do you think your brand is bringing to the Liberty shoe department that it was missing before?
Some London freshness – there’s a lot of shoes in here from all over the world but miraculously not many originate/ are home-grown in London.
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Introducing the bespoke beauty service in the Liberty Beauty Hall, where our beauty specialists select beauty and skincare products tailored to you.
This October, a new beauty service is gracing our floors. The Liberty beauty department has introduced its first personal shopping service; we caught up with Personal Beauty Specialist Kylie McMichael about her new role, what her fail-safe products are and her best beauty tips.
You must be excited about the new bespoke service at Liberty, how will this change things for you?
I am very excited indeed! The bespoke beauty service at Liberty is a massive game changer in the way our clients will see beauty products. The biggest issue I’ve found with clients is that once they’ve left the store they’ve no idea how to use the gorgeous goodies they’ve just purchased. I’m providing long term, realistic advice they can implement at home along with tailor made items that are ready for action. Making the service personal makes such a difference.
What first inspired you to be a beauty specialist?
I first saw a gap in the market around 3 years ago whilst shopping for my own kit in Liberty. I was wandering around the beauty hall and thought the benefit would be huge, both for Liberty in helping clients find their dream products and customers who love their products, want to accomplish a look or routine but simply don’t know where to start.
What is the best beauty tip you’re ever received?
Be your own Make Up Artist, Bobbi Brown. As soon as you get to know the way your face works, and the way to keep yourself healthy, you’re golden. You can achieve anything with the right advice
What is your Winter skincare regime?
Keeping my skin hydrated is vital. I have highly sensitised, dehydrated and dry skin. A great combination! I start with Anne Semonin’s Mineral Mask for a really thorough yet kind cleanse, a spritz of Chantecaille’s Eau de Rose de Mai to soothe and hydrate my complexion, finishing off with Kiehl’s Avocado Creamy Eye treatment and Dr Sebagh’s Extreme Maintenance Cream for Dry and Sensitive skin. I also alternate my exfoliating routine, I switch between Anne Semonin’s Exfoliating Mask, and Morihata’s Binchotan’s Charcoal Facial Puff.
Where do you find inspiration for new and different make-up looks e.g. every day wear or wedding makeup?
It’s a cliché, but everywhere! Most things do just pop into my head so I’ll blend different products together in different ways and think, oh I’ll try that on a client if they’re game. Researching my own wedding day make up looks via social media outlets really helped impart wisdom to my clients too!
If you could give one piece of advice about purchasing make-up, what would it be?
Always try before you buy. I’ve been known to go outside the store with clients and a mirror and show them what everything looks like in the ‘real world’. Some ladies get lost in the hard sale vortex, Liberty is proudly different and I’ll do whatever it takes to make our clients happy. If it means applying make-up and showing colour variations outside, in the snow or rain, I’ll do it.
What is your go-to/fail-safe beauty product?
Oh gosh, there are so many in so many different categories! I would go with my favourite at the moment, which would be RMS Beauty’s Raw Coconut Cream. It literally does it all. It removes waterproof make up and you can use it again after to moisturise the skin, it even works wonders on sensitive skins and acts as a mild sun protectant. It’s completely natural and organic which is something my clients really care about. You can also use it post make up application for a natural glow on the high points of the face.
What is the best beauty tip that you can give to someone?
Cleansing your face properly! None of this wipes business, but a swift and luxurious routine that will ensure a healthy glowing complexion. No great make-up application started with dirty skin.
What is your favourite beauty/skincare product at Liberty? Again, so many to choose from! And to be honest it changes on a weekly basis! I’m going to be sentimental and pick the lipstick that made me feel amazing on my wedding day, Hourglass’ Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven. Other than the skin care I use on a daily basis, I love Bobbi Brown’s Intensive Skin Supplement. It transforms acne prone and damaged skin from being tired to calmed and glowing.
How does a typical day of work go for you?
I check my emails and imminent bookings with my morning coffee, picking up any magazines along the way to see what amazing Liberty products have been featured and what catwalk looks my clients may want to imitate. So many of my ladies and gents are media savvy and want to know if the editor’s picks will be right for them. I catch up with my managers and the brands on the shop floor to see what’s new and what treatments they’re offering. All worthwhile consultations start with coffee and cake, so the Liberty Café is the first stop for my booking when meeting me! Post cake we head down to the shop floor to explore the beauty hall and see what really works for them. I’ll continue this until the end of my day, dependant on what they’ve purchased and whether they want it shipped, I’ll arrange to have it couriered to different locations. Occasionally in the evening I’ll attend a press event with one of our brands.
Who should use the bespoke Liberty beauty shopping service?
Anyone that finds themselves at a loss as to what to do next with their beauty regime and wants an unbiased opinion on what will work for them and their lifestyle. Maybe you want to learn something new, maybe you know what you want but don’t know how to accomplish it. Maybe your make up bag needs a complete overhaul and you need advice on starting all over again. The completely confidential service we offer is completely tailor made for each individual, it truly benefits everyone.
If you’re interested in learning from Kylie about new products to benefit your skin and help achieving those high-fashion looks, take advantage of this amazing service and arrange your appointment now with 02077341234 ext 2444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your appointment is £80 per two hour appointment, non refundable booking fee redeemable against purchase.