Beauty Beat: Build and Destroy

Tuesday 2nd December 2014, 14.35






Azzi Glasser & James Lavelle introduce their limited edition Eau de Parfum, Build and Destroy

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James Lavelle of record label Mo’Wax has joined creative forces with professional nose and creator of iconic Agent Provocateur Parfums Azzi Glasser once again to create a unique, limited-edition fragrance, Build and Destroy Eau de Parfum.

Following the pair’s collaborations for exhibitions and installations in London and Hong Kong, including the UNKLE Redux show during Meltdown festival at the Royal Festival Hall – Build and Destroy sees Glasser and Lavelle create an Eau de Parfum for the first time.

The scent has notes of frankincense, myrrh and pimento, complemented by olibanum resin, blond wood, vetiver and musk. The result is a bold, artistic fragrance that aims to capture the artistic personality of Lavelle himself.

Packaged in bottles carefully designed by the duo, the limited edition range of 300 is a reflection of Glasser and Lavelle’s design signature and commitment to British street culture.

Available online and in-store now, shop here >

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New Chinti and Parker x Liberty Collaboration

Monday 1st December 2014, 14.13






We are pleased to announce a second collaboration with luxury ready-to-wear label Chinti and Parker, for SS15.

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After a triumphant first encounter, this next collection marrys Chinti’s signature easy styles with archive Liberty print – the Chinti and Parker team selected our 1930s Betsy print for its gorgeous pattern and springlike colours.

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To be released in a pre-Spring/Summer ’15 collection, this forward-thinking offering is a successful capsule edit of printed shorts, button-down shirts, cashmere jumpers and cardigans, and shirtdresses, in three different hues, with printed elbow patches and appliqués.

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We love the playful designs that are easily worked into an everyday wardrobe; go bold in a full-floral dress or err on the subtle side in a T-shirt with just a hint of the flowery pattern. These Spring/Summer styles are just the thing to get you in the mood for the season ahead – even if the weather isn’t obliging yet.

The Chinti and Parker x Liberty SS15 collaboration will be available from 8 December 2014.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Liberty of London: Meet Maggie Lin

Wednesday 26th November 2014, 10.15






Meet Maggie Lin, Liberty’s representative at Eastsong Consulting UK.

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Maggie Lin tells us all about her role at Eastsong Consulting UK, introducing overseas visitors to Liberty, enhancing Liberty’s iconic status and promoting British design on an international level…

Name: Maggie Lin

What do you do at Liberty?
I work for Eastsong Consulting UK, Liberty’s partner agent, helping Liberty introduce itself to Chinese tourists.

What is your favourite thing about the role?
Shopping, of course! My job is about introducing and helping promote different brands to the Chinese in the UK and making Chinese customers feel excited about different products and British brands they haven’t heard of before.

What’s on your Liberty wishlist this Christmas?
A lot – jewellery, bags, clothes, shoes… I personally like discovering new products and every time Liberty has something new in I have to try it, especially new brands in the Beauty Hall.

What do you think the future holds for overseas shoppers and Liberty?
I believe that Chinese shoppers will find Liberty very interesting and will enjoy discovering secret products and exclusive brands we stock. Nowadays, staying unique and different is the key to attracting high level customers because they have already shopped everywhere else and will request something special.

What do you think makes Liberty such a great tourist attraction?
The building, with all its history, and the exclusive products that people cannot buy anywhere else. Liberty scarves are especially popular.

Shop Maggie’s Liberty edit.

Tune in to Channel 4 to watch the next episode of Liberty of London 9pm Wednesdays. Join the conversation on Twitter @LibertyLondon #LibertyofLondon.

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Liberty of London: Meet Emma Mawston

Wednesday 26th November 2014, 10.15






Meet Emma Mawston, Head of Design for Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors.

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We chatted to Emma Mawston about her new role as the Head of Liberty Art Fabrics, her favourite prints, and the new ‘Secret Garden’ collection…

We hear there have been changes to your role since we saw you on Liberty of London last year?
I now solely head-up the Liberty Art Fabrics interior design side of the business, having been Head of Fashion Fabrics for over sixteen years previously.

How do you feel about featuring the new Liberty prints in season 2 of the show?
I am very excited about showing our new interior fabric collection; the team has worked so hard and the designs and colourways on both fabric and wallpaper look amazing. I have loved being able to concentrate on interior fabrics, having the time to hand draw and paint a full width Tree of Life for the collection.

What are your favourite Autumn/Winter prints this year?
I have three favourite Liberty prints in the current Liberty interior fabric collection: Floral Mawston Meadow in pollen, Flowers of Xanthe Sunbeam in moss and September Roslynd in onyx. I have cushions in all these prints in my house.

Do you work with collaborating artists on print design or is it all in-house?
The designs for the Liberty interior ‘Secret Garden’ fabric and wallpaper collection – which features in the show and launches early 2015 – are all archive or were created in-house. We will be working with collaborators for our next interior collection though, so watch this space!

Shop Emma’s Liberty edit.

Tune in to Channel 4 to watch the next episode of Liberty of London 9pm Wednesdays. Join the conversation on Twitter @LibertyLondon #LibertyofLondon.

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