Checking in on Liberty

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Considering what a rabid Liberty of London fangirl I have been known to be in the past, it feels notable that for the past couple of years, I’ve barely checked in on the London-based department store’s offerings at all. I feel like their creative direction was just totally on the money for a good decade, and that they were coming up with fantastic new prints and cool iterations of old ones constantly, but lately, not so much.  Still, when I learned that they just started free shipping and returns to and from the U.S., it seemed like a good moment to give it another look. And I found a number of things to like, including this brilliant velvet pillow in their Ianthe print.

This eye mask is the Ianthe print again, but this time with stars added into the mix, and could it be any more glamorous?

Liberty’s got a decent number of phone cases to choose from, and I’m a fan of this cheery little number.

Here’s a tote that doesn’t look so traditionally Liberty-ish, but I think the juxtaposition of stripes is really sophisticated and cool and kind of deco-ish.

There are also a decent number of button-downs to choose from, and this blue-on-blue specimen is snappy as hell.

And finally: there were so many good hankies that I had a tough time picking a favorite, but finally settled on this sweet, retroish floral.

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8 Thoughts on Checking in on Liberty
    Elizabeth
    16 Oct 2019
    12:55pm

    Can we talk about 2019 LIBERTY ADVENT CALENDAR?!?!?! Bonkers good (both versions) and shipped to US for free! Went on sale today so don’t wait….

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    Viajera
    14 Oct 2019
    11:00am

    Oooooooh, that is a lovely print and color on the shirt fabric. I like the pillow fabric too. I don’t think I saw it as a shirt? Too bad. Not everything has to be in muted colors (does it?)

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      Viajera
      14 Oct 2019
      11:05am

      You-all probably knew this … you can buy the fabric, which is pricey … I did not see that pink though.

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    c.w.
    14 Oct 2019
    9:39am

    Your timing is impeccable as I just ordered a couch upholstered in distressed pink velvet (which sounds a little too too, but isn’t because it’s a dull pink) and that pillow would be PERFECT for my couch. Thank you!

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      Doyenne
      14 Oct 2019
      11:27am

      You are living my best life, c.w., and I would LOVE to see a pic of your new PALE PINK VELVET?! couch + pillows! (And this coming from a die-hard anti-pastel person. Dull pink distressed velvet sounds so luxe.)
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      Kimmmmm,,, I’m supposed to be notttt spennndinnngggg… (Good luck, Doyenne, you know Liberty print is your Achille’s heel.)

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        c.w.
        15 Oct 2019
        8:14pm

        Doyenne, you are hilarious! You can see the couch––West Elm–– the Monroe in the distressed pink velvet. Do note, the tufted bench seat flips over to a plain seat which is how I will use it.

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    Leah
    15 Oct 2019
    11:00am

    I adore everything Liberty but can’t afford most of their stuff. I have a few vintage hankies, which were picked up for peanuts at estate sales, and recently spent my ebates cash back on a Liberty Primula Blossom print S’Well water bottle. It makes me smile every time I use it.

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    themis
    14 Oct 2019
    8:49pm

    I so love Liberty and I do buy their fabrics to use in various projects – and the hankies are my favorite hostess gift for men. One of these days I’m going to talk myself into, rather than out of, the purchase of a souvenir monogram Ianthe tote from the SoHo store. But my favorite Liberty point-out from you, Kim, are those Ann Mashburn track shorts. They make terrific sleep shorts, really comfortable, cute enough for company, and they remind me of college times when wearing boxers, an oversized sweatshirt, and Birks was totally acceptable all day.

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