The Fabric of the City

When it comes to Arthur Lasenby, the clothes certainly made the man. In 1875, he founded a company with a £2,000 loan, a lease on half of a shop in Regent Street and an eye for fashion. By taking coloured silk fabrics from the Far East and selling them, he repaid the loan and acquired the second half of the shop – Liberty London.

Few shops have quite as much character. The dark wooden beams, sloping ceilings and uneven stairs are all part of the charm. Today, the store sells everything from high-end fashion brands to luxurious stationery, but one of the most beautiful (and visited) areas is the haberdashery department.

Located on the top floor, the department has undergone a major refurbishment. Whether you are running your hands across the rolls of fabric, or gazing at a wall filled with colourful wool, this feels like a walk-in-wardrobe meets tailor’s studio. Bursting at the seams with accessories, there are pin cushions, tape measures and sewing boxes that have all been made to look as pretty as possible with a print.

Looking to upgrade an outfit? There are ostrich feathers for hats, patches with animals on and flower brooches. If you want to have a go at crafts, Liberty Sewing School covers cross stitching, embroidery and patchwork classes. This is one store that definitely makes the cut.

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