Tuesday 23rd January 2018
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Give me Liberty. Of London!

It’s always a self-destructive exercise for me to visit the Liberty of London website, because my mind immediately goes to splurgy places. I am obsessed with Liberty prints, but an ocean—and an awful exchange rate—rudely come between me and my passion. The Liberty for Target collaboration was  a serious retail high point of my life, and I left the editors’ shopping preview literally weighted down with plates,  mugs, flower pots (I don’t garden) little baby dresses (all my friends have boys) boxer shorts, and more. I would have wheeled the bike right out of there if I could have managed it. So I literally gasped upon viewing this suitcase on their site the other night, all done up in one of their famous Hera prints. As it turns out, it’s a mini-suitcase and a rather tinny one too, but now I’m feeling quite strongly that Liberty must pull a collaboration with a luggage company, create a normal size version, and make all my dreams come true. One of these days I probably will just make one big fat order from the Liberty website, exchange rate and international shipping be damned, because the truth is that most Liberty stuff is fairly reasonably priced. And so much of it makes great gifts.

Who wouldn’t want this super-chic paperweight, for instance?

Not everyone realizes that Liberty also creates lovely art nouveau prints. And yet they do. Isn’t this scarf almost too pretty?

And how about  this one? What does Matthew Williamson have on these people, I ask you?

A Liberty-lined Barbour jacket just seems like the logical next step.

For a while now, Liberty has collaborated annually with Nike to create sneakers that I think are fantastic in every way but would never under any circumstances wear myself. This year’s models, introduced just last week, are no exception.

Another nice collab: these RetroSuperFuture sunglasses, a fun spin on the classic Ray Ban Clubmaster  shape.

And don’t even get me started on the treasure trove of beauty and delight that is the Liberty fabric section.  I have had to talk myself of ordering yards of it more than once because I am the least crafty person in the world and know that it will sit in my closet, unused.

Look how at once elegant and trippy this one is.

And this one is so excellently 1970s-childrens’-book-illustration-y.

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Posted on April 9th, 2012 3 Comments

3 Responses

  1. mslewis says:

    I remember years ago shopping at Liberty in Bermuda. Are they still there? Bermuda is way closer than London. Just a thought.

  2. Tracey says:

    Liberty is my favourite shop, but I would say that the website tends to focus on the pricier stuff. If you actually go in-store you can get bargains. (Though personally I tend to bankrupt myself in the stationery department…)

  3. Terri says:

    The last print you’ve picture is gorgeous! The scarves appeal to the “kid in a candy shop” in me.