Friday, 7 October 2011

Liberty & Co.

When I was a child, back in the swinging sixties, we lived not a million miles from the great metropolis that is the city of London. Each year my mother would take me on a pilgrimage to the mecca that was otherwise known as Hamleys.. which was always such a thrill and still holds vivid memories for me. Another of our haunts along Regent Street was the iconic store .. Liberty & Co.
' Liberty opened to the public on May 15th 1875, when the founder, Arthur Lasenby Liberty, purchased the lease on a half-shop in Regent Street to which he gave the grand name 'East India House'.

This beautiful store is still as faithful today to my memories from the 60's and has little changed. The 'Arts & Crafts' bones of the building have weathered well and catered for, thousands.. millions of visitors over the decades. A recent visit to the store was reassuring, in that the essence of the business has kept to it's ethos of showcasing eclectic design and craftsmanship from Britain and beyond.

I could never have dreamed as a child that one day my own creations would be on sale in my favourite store.. but I am delighted to say.. that Cowboys & Custard are now proud to supply Liberty & Co. with my greeting cards.

Thank you so much to all of you for your lovely supportive comments.. They are very much appreciated!

25 comments:

Hesta Nesta said...

Michele that is fantastic news. I love Liberty's too, have fond memories of having afternoon tea there when Andy was working in London.
Jo xx

Andi's English Attic said...

That's fantastic! Congratulations.
I remember one Christmas Liberty's had a giant red ribbon around the entire building. Looked good. xx

karen said...

I am delighted for you - shows they can still recognise good design and originality. Its a lovely place - I have a little visit most years and Hamleys too but thats just too crowded these days. Have a lovely weekend. Karen X

Frances said...

Oh my goodness, Howdy indeed! Congratulations to you. Liberty's is definitely dedicated to taste and style, traditional and modern.

What an honor to be included under that fabulous roof.

Bravo! xo

BusyLizzie said...

I used to love visiting Libertys in the 80's when I lived in London. Big congratulations on supplying them with your fabulous cards. Lizzie x

KC'sCourt! said...

Oh wow! Congratulations!
Julie xxxxx

hensteeth said...

Yee haaa!

Ragged Roses said...

Congrats again! I shall have to try and take a peep next time in the big city. Well done you x

Pondside said...

Well done!
I only ever visited Liberty's once, and that was near Christmas. I've never forgotten it.

silverpebble said...

Wow! Oh how absolutely wonderful. I am truly thrilled for you!

Country Cottage Chic said...

I will be able to say "I knew her before Liberty"! ;-)
Very proud of you!

Jayne
x

jane and the happy crow said...

Yeahh they obviously all arrived safe and sound! Good luck sweetie, lots of love, Jane xx

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

Congratulations to you - how wonderful to have your very own handmade in Liberty's.

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Congratulations Michele! Your beautifully made cards are perfect for this wonderful department store...I'm a Liberty fan too - Having had the pleasure of two weeks work experience there, way back when I was at college in the 80's, its a place I shall always think of with a smile.

I hope you are very proud of yourself,
Niki x

WinnibriggsHouse said...

How fabulous is that. Well done!

Ticking stripes said...

Wow - that's wonderful!

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Genius genius genius! You so deserve to be there... and now all the more reason fOR me to visit and get my CowbOys fix too! Hip hip hooray!

Sarah XxX

fee @ chipper nelly said...

WOW - nuff respect (as my boys would say!)
fabulous news.
I too love a visit to Liberty - although recent visits have included said boys so I've missed the retail therapy it offers.
We did peruse Hamleys though - natch (as my boys would say!)
fee x

Sew Recycled said...

Fantastic news Michele, a little birdy did tell me you were off to the smoke to see the big people!
Hope it brings in HUGE amounts of spending money xxxx

Cottage and Broome said...

It has been several year since I have visited London but Liberty was one of my favorite shops. Congrats and having your cards featured there. Will be one of your newest followers, Laura Cottage and Broome

Moobaacluck said...

Congratulations Michele!! wonderful news. Am v jealous in a nice way x
Gabs x

makinggooduse said...

Thats's wonderful, Michele, you must be incrdibly proud - what an achievement.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Congratulations! A dream come true and you deserve it!

A pocketful of joys to you,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Lucy@Corset Laced Mannequins said...

wow that is fantastic! well done you Lucyxx

Are you curious about me? said...

Congratulations, I bet your still smiling, I know that I would be..

I shall be visiting Liberty's soon and I will make a point of looking out for your lovely cards..

Congratulations once again... Great to hear some good news..