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!

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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 Bruce Lepere

Wednesday 26th November 2014, 10.15






Meet Bruce Lepere, our Oriental Carpet and Furniture Buyer at Liberty.

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Bruce Lepere is Liberty’s Oriental Carpet and Furniture Buyer, an expert in sourcing the most unique and beautiful rugs, carpets and furniture from exotic locations all around the world. If he’s not jetting off to find new additions to the Liberty halls, you’ll find him on the 4th floor in his “Moroccan Souk”. We chatted to Bruce about his latest trips and favourite places to source one-off gems…

“It’s about trying to find the one special piece. Most of us live in a very boring environment – white box, grey sofa, wooden floor, TV in the corner.

My job is to inject some colour into that otherwise dull atmosphere, and that can be through a painting, a beautiful pot sitting in the windowsill, a rug on the floor, or a fantastic coffee table. Whatever it is, it’s a way of trying to cheer up your life, to get a bit of colour into it.”

How was your recent Morocco trip?
It was fantastic and we did a lot of travelling! We went to see weavers who are specially weaving things for us, then we went down to Safi on the coast where we have our ceramics made, and bought a lot of rugs in Marrakesh. It was very short, but a lot of work. I go to Morocco four or five times in a year, as we do a lot of work there.

What’s your favourite place to go on a buying trip?
My favourite place is probably Peshawar right in the Khyber Pass, in between Pakistan and Afghanistan. It’s a bit like the Wild West there, a fabulous place.

Have you been anywhere new this year?
I’ve been doing this for a little while, and because all of our items are one-off pieces, it’s about finding the item rather than a whole new place to hunt. There are always new things because we buy one-off pieces.

You’re famous at Liberty for your rugs. Where do you source them?
Our powerbases are Pakistan, Morocco and East India, though occasionally we’ve had the odd Swedish or English rug that’s extra special.

Shop Bruce’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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The Liberty Top Six: Perfect Gifts

Tuesday 25th November 2014, 14.45






Discover the Liberty top six perfect gifts from our ultimate accessories edit.

With so many beautiful designers and eye-catching pieces in the accessories halls, it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what you, or your loved one, want most this Christmas. We’ve made the hard work easier by detailing six favourites that stand out from the crowd as the perfect gift.

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Givenchy
Antigona Sugar Leather Envelope Clutch Bag
This sophisticated black clutch from Givenchy is the perfect gift for fashion-forward women. The envelope style is ideal for carrying essentials, with a little extra space for those less-essentials. Simple and luxurious, this minimalist chic clutch compliments any outfit.

Alex Monroe
Gold-Plated Bumblebee Necklace
The Alex Monroe golden bumblebee has been a much-loved favourite since its release. The fine features displayed on the bumblebee are a credit to Monroe’s high attention to detail. Beautiful and delicate, this is a fail-safe present for your loved one, or a divine treat for yourself.

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Monica Vinader
Small Silver Diamond Baja Chain Bracelet
Renowned for her narrative-inspired designs, Monica Vinader continues to create strikingly beautiful jewellery. This diamond bracelet is no exception with its eye-catching pavé diamond pendant on a sterling silver chain. Inspired by the decadence of the 1920s, this bracelet is perfect as an extra special Christmas surprise.

Alexander Wang
Leather Dumbo Backpack
A luxury backpack is perfect for the season ahead. Balancing fashion and function, you’ll find there’s space to effortlessly carry all you need for work or play, whilst leaving you hands-free. We love the signature studded base and textured leather design. It will definitely be on our wishlist this year!

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Sophie Hulme
Mini Coral Leather Bag
This tote bag complete with police whistle charm exhibits the British quirkiness of designer Sophie Hulme. With its soft leather and gold-tone hardware, it’s just the thing to carry throughout the day. The smart rectangular design will boost your look to sharp and edgy – modish sophistication at its finest.

Alexander McQueen
Skull Leopard Print Cashmere-Blend Scarf
Alexander McQueen has taken the trademark skull design and reworked it with a leopard print pattern. The scarf displays an eloquent transition from leopard spots through to skulls, creating a unique modern twist on two already popular styles. Wear this cashmere-blend to lift a basic look, or team with eveningwear for after-hours chic.

Shop the ultimate accessories edit for your perfect gift.

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