Liberty at Uniqlo -Discover their iconic prints at affordable prices
In 1875 Arthur Liberty opened a shop selling exotic silks imported from China and Japan, and cottons and fine wools from India. Business was good and early customers included Oscar Wilde, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ellen Terry, James McNeill Whistler and Frederick Leighton.
Success meant that in 1924 Liberty moved to the impressive Arts and Crafts building on Great Marlborough Street where it still stands today.
I remember in the early 2000s when on a guided walking tour of Mayfair, the blue badge guide telling us to take a good look at Liberty, because he thought it wouldn’t survive the economic struggles at the time. However, not only did it survive but it positively flourished, becoming cool once again. Indeed its many designer collaborations over the past few years have inspired some great partnerships and have kept it at the cutting edge of design.
Back in 1899, Liberty commissioned one of the top designers in the UK, Archibald Knox to produce Cymric and Tudric ranges of silver and pewter metalwork and jewellery which were hugely popular and also radical in design. Famous fashion designers from the 1960s & 70s who have used Liberty fabrics, include Jean Muir, Yves Saint Laurent, and Mary Quant.
In 2009 Liberty began a series of designer collaborations, branded Liberty X including Hunter, Nike, Acne, Hermes, Manolo Blahnik, Marc Jacobs, Dr Martin, Nicholas Kirkwood, Erdem, Vince, French Sole and most recently Uniqlo…