In 1875, Arthur Liberty opened his department store, specialising in ornaments and fabrics inspired by the Middle East. Mylore silk was imported from India, where it was hand dyed and printed with wooden blocks. Over 130 years later, Liberty of London is still renowned for its intricate and prestigious signature prints, which capture a bygone era of miniature floral designs and Art Deco shapes, dating back to the 19th century. Charming illustrations which capture the imagination through their repeated detail and recognisable colour palate, created by a wide team if in-house and freelance designers.
Liberty prints have also become recongised through their continued and celebrated collaborations with brands including Barbour, Fred Perry, Nike and Dr Martens, which combine archival prints with the iconic style each brand. Liberty also pulls on music, such as the Liberty Rock collection, inspired by various aspects of musical history, from Roxy music to BB King.
The latest in this stellar lineup is Californian brand AG Adriano Goldschmied, who have collaborated with Liberty to create patterned denim in varying shades. The delicacy of the Liberty floral touches the industrial weight of denim to create a subtle blend that fuses both brands.
The collaboration is exclusively available at Liberty.
Text by Mhairi Graham