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Liberty London weaves a new chapter in craft with the launch of its ‘Makery Department’

By Mark Hayhurst 06 Jul 2017

Liberty London has embarked on a new era in its long history with the relaunch of its dress fabric department.

Since 1875 when Arthur Liberty opened his shop on Regents Street selling coloured silks and ‘Objet D’art’ from the East, Liberty London has been synonymous with fabrics and dressmaking. In 1904 Arthur Liberty brought a printing mill and begun to produce his own Liberty art fabrics which became world famous and are on sale in the emporium to this day.

2017 sees a new chapter in the history of the renowned Liberty London dress fabric department. The much-loved department was re-launched at the end of June with a new look, a new vision, and a new identity ‘The
Makery.’

The Makery has been redesigned and expanded by 25 per cent, allowing the craft offer to be enhanced and the introduction of 24 new brands such Studio Carta, VV Rouleaux, Cluny Lace and Moda Fabrics. Liberty London will be launching 30 new autumn winter dress fabrics, and there will be over 600 new options introduced across The Makery for Liberty London’s loyal crafting customers.

Also, senior buying manager, Julie Hassan, will be presenting the works of highly-skilled artisanal craft artists including Susan Horth, who makes unique animal sculptures; Fine Cell Works, a social enterprise working with
prisoners teaching them how to do needlepoint and to create handmade needlepoint cushion. The department will also stock framed artworks from Margo Selby that are individually woven by hand in her Whitstable studio.

The new The Makery offer will include macramé, origami, illustrative embroidery and will open with a series of events and demonstrations such as ‘botanical needlepoint’ from Sew and Saunders; ‘contemporary cross stitch’
classes with Emily Peacock, and a ‘denim day’ with Petra Boase and Rosie Wonders, helping brighten up old jeans with colourful patches.

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