Tuesday, May 19

Give Me Liberty!

One of the shopping highlights of my trip to London was a visit to Liberty. Liberty is a gorgeous, one of a kind department store, a beautiful oasis of good design right in the middle of London. Not only is their selection of home accessories, fabrics, wallpapers and furnishings stunning, the staff couldn't have been more friendly, or helpful. While some stores of this calibre you might find snooty sales people, not Liberty! I asked if I might take some photographs and their reply was 'sure!' - I didn't always get such a kind reply when I made this request in other well-known London department stores. Here's a look at some of the beautiful, the mod and the very eclectic things we found, including this charming Bunny Rabbit Lamp I just had to bring hopping across the pond home with me!

Since 1875, Liberty has been synonymous with luxury and great design. In the 1890's Arthur Liberty built strong relationships with many leading English designers. Many of these designers were key figures in the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements and Arthur Liberty was instrumental in the development of Art Nouveau through his encouragement of such designers. The Liberty store became one of the most prestigious in London. Liberty still stands for integrity, value, quality and above all beautifully designed products. The Liberty vision and spirit continues today within their beautiful iconic Tudor building. Just take a look! And, if you're not planning a trip to London anytime soon, remember, you can shop Liberty online.
















34 comments:

shoppingsmycardio said...

glad to see you back, victoria! i hope the trip was amazing :) i sent a friend to liberty this past weekend too...perhaps you crossed paths! it is SUCH a beautiful store, isn't it? sigh...why is there nothing like it in the states?

shanon said...

Oh wow! It looks too fantastic. I hope they had a little corner to have some tea and cakes. I'd want to stay there all day. =)

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

these pictures are wonderful! i love the deep purple wall and mirror - they're just slightly ominous and very glamorous. would you be interested in trading links?

LeS said...

ah, the bunny :) this all just makes me want to jump on an airplane and go visit...

Mrs. Mumf said...

Excelent choice. Liberty is my favourite shop in the world. Did you try their tea and cake?

K said...

wowzers!
What an amazing space... Welcome back!

anna said...

I love Liberty. The creaky floorboards make me so happy!

Amy said...

Wow - I could spend a lot of time in their - looks awesome! Love your little bunny lamp by the way - too cute!

RhiannonM said...

This definitely look like almsot a whole reason to go to London all by itself. Seems as though you had a fantastic time. Thanks for sharing!

Joanna said...

I adore Liberty. I stock up on Miller Harris perfume whenever I'm in London.

Lynne said...

I love Liberty. Especially their furniture dept (great lighting) and haberdashery - which is fabulous. Did you go to their tea shop - I love it there. Liberty has changed a bit over the last few years (it's about a 1/3 smaller, COS now inhabit the old bit) but it is still lovely - it's where I always go to buy handbags.

Sam said...

Lovely photo essay! Liberty is an absolute thrill to visit! So inspiring!

sfgirlbybay said...

it's such a lovely store - it's definitely a place you must see! and yes, we had high tea here, too! it was delicious!

Libby said...

Even my 80 yr old grandpa told me it was a must see!! How are the prices?

http://sittingpretty-libby.blogspot.com/

sfgirlbybay said...

libby - how cute! he's quite right.

i thought the prices were quite fair. i mean, they have some very exclusive furnishings, and designers, but there were still things i could buy - like the bunny without having a heart attack about it. it's not dirt cheap, but i wasn't shocked either.

Joan said...

Victoria,
Welcome home! Sure sounds like you had a fabulous trip. I LOVE the photos... especially the tall red framed mirror. And the bunny lamp is such a great souvenir... whenever you see it, it'll remind you of a terrific, spontaneous flight of fancy to London. Yay!
Thanks for shring the pix, even as you recover from jet lag. I enjoyed your guest bloggers as well.

*gemmifer* said...

Welcome back! I'm so glad you had such a great trip, and a bit envious of your visit to Liberty. It is one of my favorite shops in London (I can see I'm not alone in this) and I haven't been to the UK in many years now.

I love the bunny lamp! Can you use it with the electrical systems in the US?

sfgirlbybay said...

gemmifer - yes, well, that did become a slight problem. i need to find a brit plug converter!

Carissa said...

what a stunning store with equally lovely finds inside! I love both of the floral couches!

lauren baluyo said...

Hi there!

These are amazing photos. Love it. And your eye-candy blog!

Btw, I just posted some photos of my own personal space, and gave you a little "shout out" for the lovely Keep Calm poster I purchased from your etsy shop awhile back. It's def a favorite of mine. Got so many compliments. Check it out if you like! :)

thanks!

elly said...

Oh I miss this place. Was never out of Liberty's when I lived in London. Bought up big when I was last there 7 or 8 years ago. Great feature, thank you :o)
ellynellydesign

K said...

god bless. that's some magic there.

karina Manghi said...

The bunny lamp is terrific!!!
I want one very badly!!!!
The plug converter is easy to get,wright?

Siouxsie said...

I love Liberty, its a beautiful store; I've never ever been able to find something within my "affordable" price range there thou ...:(

Violetsrose said...

I ALWAYS go to Libertys when I'm in London - sometimes jsut to wander in the beautiful building - it feeds the soul - one of my favourite stores ever!!

Laura. said...

oh, beautiful! i really like the window display with the red lamps and the house drawings!

sfgirlbybay said...

karina - i think so...i've been too busy catching up to look, but it should be.

Claire said...

I've been to Liberty! It's fabulous...the exterior tells you there's something good inside and once you're in, you never want to leave!

LibertyDaniel said...

Hi, I work for Liberty in the Head Office.

I found this blog through twitter, and felt that I had to comment! First of all, great posting and great photos, I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your visit. The bunny lamp was a good choice.

Secondly, some great comments from your followers - it's brilliant to hear positive feedback - lots of Liberty love!

If any of you are coming in to the store (or just want to ask any questions) feel free to twitter me (@LibertyDaniel) and I'll come say hi!

Dan

sfgirlbybay said...

Welcome Dan! So nice of your to drop by and say hi to the readers. Another reason Liberty rocks! :)

annechovie said...

So cool to see a post on what was my favorite store when last in London. Thanks, Victoria - great photos and wonderful to know I can shop online.

WendyB said...

The bunny lamp is awesome.

Caroline said...

I always visit Liberty when I go to London...basically one of my fave places in the world...lovely photos!

yumalicious!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad I found this post - I'm going to London in a week and a half and I've been making a list of places to visit. Liberty is at the top! It looks exactly like everything I love, and they sound like good people too. I'm so excited to go now!

Becca