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Why I love Liberty – a little shop of wonders

Why I love Liberty – a little shop of wonders

  

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I love everything about Liberty. It is a magical place, an emporium full of wonders – many of which you won’t find anywhere else.  It encompasses everything for me that is quintessentially British, completely eccentric and homely. My Emma Bridgewater Liberty mug is one of my favourites in my Emma Bridgewater collection.

The iconic store in Londons Regent Street was built in 1924, using the timbers from two ships to recreate the Tudor style during a popular revival. Sadly founder Arthur Liberty did not live to see its completion. Here he is pictured below, looking very much like my Uncle David. I appreciate you won’t get the similarities because you don’t know my Uncle David but trust me, they’re very much alike.

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Every time I go to London I visit Liberty. I have to confess though that I’ve never actually bought anything in there and I find it ridiculously busy because it is so loved, so renowned, people travel from far and wide to see inside its doors. So my advice is to get there early. And yes, there is always a queue at opening time.

My number one favourite thing is, obviously, the fabric. Yards and yards of beautiful fabric. I’ve always loved Liberty prints, they range from the traditional floral to the more modern, I think there’s something for everyone! I have nearly 150 different prints in my hoarding stash  collection and I am always on the look out for anything baring a Liberty print. Shoes are a particular favourite but I think they require their own post of appreciation!

Beautiful things featuring Liberty prints always catch my eye, from homewares to accessories to clothing. Most of the fabric I sew with is Liberty, it’s pretty special stuff. I’ve picked out below my favourite products featuring Liberty from Etsy (which is where I do most of my searching and shopping, the best place to find something handmade and totally unique!).

Wrap bracelet // Bunny toy // Strawberry thief tie
Teacup fascinator // Little purse // Hair bows

Hair bows and bunny toys are top of my list, I love bunnies so a bunny/Liberty combination is completely dreamy.

So if you haven’t been to Liberty, do go. It’s packed with treasure and like no shop you’ve ever been to before.