When our adventurous founder Arthur Lasenby Liberty laid plans for a London emporium laden with luxuries and fabrics from distant lands, his dream was to metaphorically dock a ship in the city streets. To this day, a voyage of discovery awaits on the good ship Liberty, with history hidden amongst six floors of cutting-edge design, unexpected edits and beautiful wares from the world’s greatest craftspeople.
In 1875, Arthur borrowed £2,000 (18,000 CNY) from his future father-in-law and took over half of 218a Regent Street with three dedicated staff. Arthur’s collection of ornaments, fabric and objets d’art proved irresistible to a society intoxicated by Japan and the East. Within eighteen months the loan was repaid and neighboring properties were bought.
To this day we remain true to our heritage of design, print, fabrics, democracy, arts and culture – protecting this legacy as we seek out the new and the interesting.