If you’ve been wondering, of late, where you can go to pick up the everyday essentials, you know, a fresh jar of Congealed Earwax, Damsel’s Hair, Organ Marmalade or even a top-up for your personal supply of Banshee Balls – then you’ve come to the right place.
Welcome, Monsters – one and all – to Hoxton Street Monsters Supplies, purveyor of quality goods for monsters of every kind! The newest arrival in-store at the Liberty Chocolate Shop, this frighteningly fun brand of sweets and treats caters to little (and not so little) ghouls and and terrors of all shapes and sizes.
Step into the furthest, darkest corner of our chocolate emporium and discover terrifying delights such as Zombie Fresh Mints, Cubed Earwax, Thickest Human Snot, Brain Jam ; no to mentioned the delicious tins of fear - containing the precise emotion shown on each label, prepared in the form of UK made boiled sweets which increase the pleasure of unease. Each tin also contains a specially commissioned story by an acclaimed author.
First established in 1818, the Hoxton Street-based store prides itself on its wide range of supplies and essentials for the alive, dead and undead. Hoxton Street Monster Supplies is run under license from the Ministry of Stories, a volunteering organisation in east London which helps young people with all manner of writing, through free one-to-one mentoring and writing workshops. All of the profits made from Hoxton Street Monster Supplies go back into the organisation to fund the Ministry of Stories workshops for young people. You can find out more about the Ministry of Stories here.
So visit us in-store soon – bring your little monsters, bring your big monsters – and satisfy their impatient growls!
Senior Press Officer Sophie Pate is accompanies Kate Brindley, Head of Marketing and Communications, to each of the shows twice a year. Often photographed during the five day event by street photographers, it’s imperative she is looking her absolute best at all times.
Sophie talks us through what she’s most looking forward to seeing at the Autumn/ Winter 2014 London shows and what helps keep her looking camera ready between shows.
What gets you through fashion week?
I drink a lot of coconut water to rehydrate, but I always carry sachets of EBOOST which is great for a natural energy boost, the acai pomegranate flavours are yummy.
Which shows are you looking forward to seeing?
I am really looking forward to seeing J.W. Anderson as he is new for us for Spring/ Summer 2014 so it will be good to see what he has designed for next season and he is always one to watch at fashion week.
What’s your Fashion Week beauty essential?
I have a few… Always a good strong lippy, so either a fab red from Ellis Faas or any of the lip pencils from Nars. I cannot live without the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer, it’s great to have at hand when you need to touch up between shows.
What’s inside your Iphis print Liberty London pouch?
Well mainly all my tickets but I love to double up and use this as a clutch , so all my essentials too – phone, water, mints, make-up and by the looks of things a brolly! It’s surprising how much you can fit into it!
Follow all the action during London Fashion Week and beyond with the Liberty Press Team and Sophie Pate: @Liberty_Sophie
London Fashion Week is always a busy time of the year for team Liberty. Our buying and press staff are out in full force surveying the forthcoming fashion landscape for Autumn/ Winter 2014 as we speak – there are many shows to travel to, people to meet and parties to attend, ensuring our iconic store is represented at every stage – the five day event can really take its toll.
Head of Marketing and Communication, Kate Brindley, shares who she is most looking forward to seeing this fashion week and what helps get her through the non-stop schedule of shows.
Which shows are you looking forward to seeing?
I’m really looking forward to seeing Peter Pilotto‘s show, especially as they just won the Vogue Fashion Fund. I’m expecting something a bit different from them. I’m also super excited to see Michael Van Der Ham‘s show as I think he’s so talented, and I always love myself some Richard Nicoll.
What gets you through fashion week?
Hanging out with my pals (I always like to seek out a real friend at each show), putting the world to rightss over Japanese food with Head of Fashion Buying Stephen Ayres and soaking up the energy and hysteria of it all. LFW always makes me fall back in love with London as a city too.
Where do you rest up between shows?
Something I like about LFW is how you often end up in places or areas you’ve never been to before, so I like to drop in to unexplored bars or cafés next to the show venues. I also have been know to commandeer a seat in the LFW Daily team’s Mercedes Jeep and bum a lift to the next show while catching up with editor, Cat Callendar.
What’s your Fashion Week beauty/ grooming essential?
Nars lip pencils to distract from tired eyes – right now I’m loving a magenta shade, a Margaret Dabbs Medical Pedicure before the shows start so I can skip round in heels and as much coconut water as I can lay my mitts on.
What’s inside your Iphis print Liberty London pouch?
All my show tickets, as it’s the perfect size for that, and a travel size flagon of Carnal Flower by Frederic Malle which always lifts my flagging spirits.
Follow all the action live from London Fashion Week and beyond with the Liberty Press Team and Kate: @Liberty_KateB
Do you need to kickstart your year with a dose of health? Are you flagging from post-festive indulgences?
Then try Plenish Cleanse’s series of cold pressed juices for an instant total body health reboot. Used over 1 to 3 days, the 6 hits of juice a day will help your body shift from an acidic interior to an oxygen-drenched alkaline one, boosting immunity and health in the process.
Kara Rosen founded Plenish Cleanse in 2012 between having a baby and moving to London from New York – having formerly worked at Condé Nast Traveler and Men’s Vogue in New York. Kara found her hectic work and social life often left her draine, overindulged and exhausted, and after a yearly battle with strep throat a nutritionist recommended she try a holistic approach in the form of a five-day juice cleanse to rid her body of toxins which worked, an then some!
Since cold press juice cleansing is in such high demand in new York, Kara soon turned this into a seasonal ritual to help get her body back on track. But after moving back to the UK, she discovered it was almost impossible to get her hands on a range of organic, tasty juices that weren’t heavily laden with natural sugars found in certain fruit and vegetables. Trailing her own recipes on friends and family eventually led Kara to create her own range.
You see, by increasing the amount of organic and raw green juice you consume while eliminating processed sugars, coffee and alcohol, meat and too much cooked food, you shift from an acidic interior to an oxygen-drenched alkaline one which reduces inflammation and boosts immunity and health. Some of the other benefits of juice cleansing may also help if you:
• Are bloated or puffy after eating
• Finding yourself addicted to caffeine, sugary or fried foods
• Have a few stubborn kilos to lose
• Have candida
• Suffer from reoccurring colds or chest infections
• Find your skin has lost it’s ‘glow’
• Have joint pain, stiffness or headaches
• Feel mentally ‘foggy’
• Are having trouble sleeping
We caught up with Kara to find out the benefits of introducing a Plenish Cleanse to your lifestyle, plus her personal tips on the best way to juice cleanse and reap the best results.
Juice cleanses are becoming more and more popular, with many diets being backed by celebrities and promising instant weight loss and a healthier body. What is it about Plenish that sets it apart from other juice cleanse diets?
Plenish strives to offer an honest, stellar product. We use 100% organic vegetables and fruits – there are no ingredients in our products that you wouldn’t put in a salad. We don’t get too prescriptive as are just promoting the intake of lots of fresh veg and fruit via cold pressed juice, and cutting out the crap-ola! We believe life is too short not to indulge once in a while, so when you need to reboot, our cleanses are a great option to get you on the straight and narrow. And for when you just need a boost of vitamins and minerals – our individual 250ml juices are a great dietary supplement. Oh, and we try and have a little fun with you along the way!
How did you go about creating your juices? Did you come up with the recipes yourself?
I was lucky enough to be living between New York and LA when the juice movement was happening in the US, and had my fave’s from some of the best juiceries from coast to coast. I used cold pressed juices as a convenient way to make sure I was getting a significant intake of green veggies and organic produce when on the go. When I moved from NYC to London in 2009, I couldn’t find any cold pressed juices that were not made from sugary fruits and unpasteurised. When on maternity leave from Condé Nast, I ended up importing a cold press from New York into my flat and worked with a talented Dietician to develop a range of six cleansing juices based on some of my favourites from The States.
Where are Plenish ingredients sourced from?
We are certified organic from the Soil Association, so our number 1 criteria is that we source from organic growers. Once that criteria is met, we look for the organic farmers that are in theUK, or we will source further afield inEuropeif we need to!
When is the best time to do a juice cleanse?
The start of each season is a great time to embark on a juice cleanse. You can start the season with a clean slate, and ride the “post cleanse wave”, which is how we describe the after-effects of a juice cleanse: the desire to eat clean and healthy when you finish. It’s quite remarkable that when you finish a cleanse, your cravings become super healthy – nutrient dense, crunchy raw veggies while sweet and saltier foods seem less appealing!
Should you cleanse if you exercise a lot?
Juicing is a great way to replenish your cells with clean fuel post workout, or energise pre-workout. Combining juicing, a healthy eating lifestyle, and exercise is the numero uno way to get on the express lane to optimum nutrition and overall health. Think about this: A cold pressed juice can be assimilated into your bloodstream in just 10 minutes. That energy that would usually be used on digestion can be transferred to oxygenating and feeding your cells during a workout. Think about the Tour de France riders chugging a beetroot juice pre-ride. Bring along a Cherry Beets juice to your next spin class and enjoy the ride!
What is the optimum number of days you should cleanse to see results?
Three days is a great place to start for beginners. It gives your digestive system a proper break, and by flooding your body with heaps of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients from organic plants, while abstaining from acidic foods such as dairy, meat, booze and processed sugar, you will shift from an acidic environment to an alkaline one. By day 3, you can start to feel lighter, more energetic, with increased mental clarity and your skin and eyes will be glowing. If you have done a juice cleanse before, a 5-7 day extended cleanse can dig a little deeper and enhance those after greater effects.
How should you prepare for a week-long juice cleanse?
Preparation is KEY to a successful cleanse. The more you do to ensure a smooth transition into the cleanse, the easier and more beneficial your experience will be and the less you will suffer from unpleasant detox symptoms.
Foods to lose: Sugar, meat, coffee (or other caffein-filled drinks), dairy, alcohol and processed foods (anything that comes in a bag or box and is white, except cauliflower!).
Foods to choose: Raw or lightly steamed veggies, fruit, low sodium vegetable broths, avocados, Cornish pasties – just kidding!
What are your top tips for maximising the benefits of a juice cleanse?
Don’t fight the sleep: One of the amazing things about cleansing is you sleep really well. Free from stimulants in foods, and without a heavy dinner to digest, sleep is deep so try to enjoy it. Get into bed an hour earlier and get that beauty sleep.
Don’t forget the water: Because you are drinking 6 x 500ml juices per day (yep, that’ a lot of liquid!), one can forget to drink water in between. Try not to. Water will help the natural detoxification process and keep you feeling less hungry (just pencil in some extra time for trips to the loo!). Hot water and lemon is also a great way to warm up and facilitate detoxification in the colder months.
Pamper yourself: Let’s be honest, eating meals is a big part of our social life. Without dinners out, cooking or preparing meals for the duration of your cleanse, you have a bit extra time on your hands. Use it to get a massage (we love a lymphatic drainage massage), or try a DIY REN face mask.
Keep Moving: Movement is great during your cleanse. Resist the urge to totally drop your fitness regime completely. Instead, try more gentle workouts like pilates, yoga or try going for a walk or light jog – it’s an amazing way to energise if you start to feel lethargic. That being said, your body is your best guide, so listen to it.. if turning the pages in a good book is all you can muster one day, just go with it.
Plenish Cleanse is available online and in-store at Liberty until 31st January 2014. Click here to find out more and shop.
Tonight is the final episode of Channel 4‘s documentary ‘Liberty of London‘; we hope you’ve enjoyed stepping into our eclectic and magical world of retail through your television as much as we have loved sharing it with you.
If you’ve been watching since the beginning, you are probably well acquainted with Louis, team coordinator for the buying and merchandising teams and assistant to our MD Ed. Known around the office for his quirky London style and rarely seen without one of his signature bow ties, Louis is a real hhard-working member of the Liberty team and is responsible for much of the organising on in-store events.
Find out what’s on Louis’ Christmas wishlist from Liberty this year:
1. House of Hackney Empire Stripe Table Lamp, £495.00
“House of Hackney’s anthropomorphic print never fails to make me smile. I would love to wallpaper my entire living room in this design but for now a lamp will suffice.”
2. Nasomatto China White Extrait de Parfum 30ml, £108.00
“Each scent from Nasomatto is rich, magnetic and distinctive. China White is my absolute favourite and is a perfect fragrance for evenings out.”
3. Ibride Au Grand Théâtre Bernado Crow Tray, £115.00
“I collect Ibride trays and display them in my hallway as wall hangings. Bernado the Crow would make a perfect edition to my collection.”
4. Liberty Art Fabrics Lodden C Tana Lawn, £22.00
“I think Lodden in this colourway is beautiful. I have some old cushions I would like to cover in this and would use the off cuts to have made into a new bow-tie. News year’s resolution number one: learn to sew!”
5. Josh Wood Atelier Voucher
“I actually have curly hair and Rob from Atelier does an incredible job in taming my mane once a month! A year supply of haircuts would be the ultimate Christmas pressie. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!”
6. Liberty London Navy Pepper Liberty Print Bowtie, £55.00
“Quite simply… you can never have too many bow-ties!”
7. Alexander Wang Brown Lizard Embossed Prisma iPad Case, £320.00
“This is the ultimate luxury iPad accessory and I’ve had my eye on it all season. I certainly wont be getting this for Christmas so I better start saving!”
8. Folk Brown Mitchell Leather Belt, £65.00
“A wardrobe staple for every man and as practical as a pair of socks!”
Episode 2 of Liberty of London aired on Monday 9 December, if you missed it visit Channel 4 to catch up. Don’t forget to tune in for the next and final episode tonight, Monday 16 December at 9pm on Channel 4.
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