One of the most famous department stores in the world, Liberty began life in 1875 as a tiny shop on Regent Street that employed just three staff; founder Arthur Lasenby Liberty opened after acquiring aÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ£2,000 loan from his future father-in-law and stocked only ornaments, fabrics and artistic objects. Almost ten years later, the costume department opened, and the shop moved to a larger premises; it was rapidly becoming the most fashionable place to shop, and the unique house-like interior made it one of the most comfortable places to visit as well. Popularity continued throughout the twenties and thirties, and once WW2 was over, Liberty continued to stock eclectic and fashionable items, from rugs collected from the East to the latest clothing styles. In 1975, after one hundred years of trading, an exhibition was held at the Victoria and Albert Museum focusing on the history of Liberty, and it remains one of the most popular shopping destinations even today.
Liberty Fabrics and Homeware
Probably most famous for its quirky printed homeware and floral Tana Lawn fabrics, the Liberty homeware and haberdashery departments boast a wide range of interiors additions and crafting accessories. Eclectic, vintage rugs from countries as far flung as Morocco sit side-by-side unique contemporary graphic cushions, while the sewing department stocks a huge range of books, kits, buttons and tools, ideal for any handmade project.
Brands at Liberty
As well as stocking their own famous brand, Liberty are also home to products from well known artists, creatives and designers; Falconware, Missoni Home and Orla Kiely all make an appearance in the homeware department, while Marc Jacobs, Falke and Vivienne Westwood can all be found jostling for space in the womenswear space. If you're looking for high quality, beautiful design and unique details, you'll find it at Liberty.