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For years now we have had a close relationship with Liberty of London as we love to work alongside British brands. Their fabrics are absolutely beautiful and we think they work perfectly with our designs. We wanted to share with you the history of Liberty and why we love them so much…
Liberty is one of the last great emporiums for innovative and eclectic design. Situated in the heart of London since 1875, it remains to this day the destination of choice for the savvy and sophisticated shopper.
At Liberty, a rich heritage combines with the cutting edge and avant-garde, making each visit a voyage of discovery and excitement. They hope to inspire and delight you by carefully selecting and offering beautiful and luxurious products. They welcome you into their eccentric, indulgent and utterly charming world, and invite you to get truly lost in Liberty.
‘Since 1875, Liberty has been synonymous with luxury and great design. Arthur Liberty’s intuitive vision and pioneering spirit led him to travel the world looking for individual pieces to inspire and excite his discerning clientele. Liberty is not just a name above the door, it’s Arthur Liberty’s legacy, which stands for integrity, value, quality and above all beautifully designed product. This vision and spirit continues today within the iconic Tudor building.
Arthur Lasenby Liberty was born in Chesham, Buckinghamshire in 1843. He was employed at Messrs Farmer and Rogers in Regent Street in 1862, the year of the International Exhibition at Kensington in London. By 1874, inspired by his 10 years of service, Arthur then decided to start a business of his own, believing that he could change the look of home wares and fashion.
With a £2000 loan from his future father-in-law, Arthur Liberty took on the lease of half a shop at 218a Regent Street with only three staff.
The shop opened in 1875 selling ornaments, fabric and objets d’art from Japan and the East. Within eighteen months Arthur Liberty had repaid the loan and acquired the second half of 218 Regent Street. As the business grew, neighbouring properties were bought and added.
In 1885, 142-4 Regent Street was acquired and housed the ever-increasing demand for carpets and furniture. The basement was called the “Eastern Bazaar” home to all things described as “decorative furnishing objects”. He named the property Chesham House after the place in which he grew up. The store became the most fashionable place to shop in London and iconic Liberty fabrics were used for both clothing and furnishings. Its clientele was exotic and included famous members of the Pre-Raphaelite movement.
In 1884 Liberty introduced the costume department into the Regent Street store, under the directorship of Edward William Godwin(1833-86). Godwin was a distinguished architect who believed in all aspects of art. He was a founder member of the Costume Society in 1882. His vision mirrored that of Arthur Liberty and they created in-house apparel to challenge the fashions of Paris.
In the 1890s Arthur Lasenby Liberty built strong relationships with many leading English designers. Many of these designers were key figures in the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements and Arthur Liberty was instrumental in the development of Art Nouveau through his encouragement of such designers. The store became one of the most prestigious in London.
The magnificent Tudor building was built so that trading could continue while renovations were being completed on the other premises and in 1924 this incredible icon was constructed from the timbers of two ships: HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan. The frontage at Great Marlborough Street is the same length as the Hindustan.
The wonderful emporium was designed by Edwin T. Hall and his son Edwin S. Hall. They designed the Tudor building at the height of the 1920s fashion for Tudor revival. The shop was engineered around three light wells that formed the main focus of the building. Arthur Liberty wanted to create the feeling that you were walking around your own home when you came to his store, so each of these wells was surrounded by smaller rooms to create a homely feel. Many of the rooms had fireplaces and some still exist today. The wells created a wonderful environment in which to drape exotic rugs and quilts, whilst the smaller rooms allowed the display of smaller items.
Sadly, Arthur Lasenby Liberty, died in 1917, seven years before the completion of his magnificent shops.
Liberty, in the 1950s, continued its tradition for fashionable and eclectic design. All departments in the shop had a collection of both contemporary and traditional designs. New up and coming designers were promoted and often included those still reflecting the Liberty passion for handcrafted work.
The 1960s brought about the passion for fashion. Extravagance and luxury were fundamental in the look for both men and women and Eastern influences once again were the inspiration for society. Art Nouveau became fashionable and Liberty adapted the furnishing designs from its archive.
In 1975 Liberty celebrated its centenary. This was heralded by a major exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Today Liberty is the leading destination store in London, a wonderful emporium where the latest fashions sit alongside design classics.’
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Did you see Anna Williamson looking absolutely beautiful in our Carly Liberty and Turquoise Vicky dresses?!?!
She’s best known as a Nickelodeon and CiTV presenter, Daybreak correspondent and entertainment reporter for Digital Spy. She is regularly seen on the red carpet either interviewing celebrities or attending premieres!!
She loves her jones+jones wardrobe so if you need any styling tips watch out for Anna!!!
Love j+j x
Green is the colour of the summer and here at jones + jones we can’t stop wearing the oh-so-flattering shade. Green was seen at many of the SS12 catwalks including Giorgio Armani and Elie Saab where shades ranged from bright lime green to deep emerald.
Many of our favourite celebrities have also been spotted in the hottest shade of the season. Holly Willoughby recently wore a flattering green lace dress to present TV show The Voice which made the most of her curvy figure while Gwyneth Paltrow wore a green embellished dress with a deep V at an awards ceremony earlier this year.
Our new jones + jones Julia and Vivenne dresses fit this trend perfectly and are guaranteed to make your friends green with envy whilst making sure you look simply gorgeous and on trend this summer. The dresses feature an open back with a delicate Liberty pansy print bringing tradition and high fashion together and are finished with a full skirt and net trimmed petticoat. Get yours on our website and selected Topshop stores now.
With love, jones + jones x
We had the great honour last week to be featured in a catwalk at the Carlton Beach in Cannes! The event was organised by Fashion TV and sponsored by Polish Excellent Night and featured many of our gorgeous S/S 2012 collection!
From oh-so-pretty in pink with floral Liberty prints, ginghams, lace and flirty full skirts…
To stunning summer dresses perfect to take you from the beach to the bar…
From the fabulous FROW to backstage bonding to the after party, jones + jones was spotted and lusted after all night!…
Check out the gorgeous styles featured on our website here and in our Flagship Boutique in Saint Tropez now!
With love, jones + jones x
We at jones + jones HQ were very excited to find out that the very talented and oh-so-pretty singer, actress and dancer, Ariana Grande is a jones + jones fan!
Not only does she follow us on Twitter but she also loves wearing jones + jones garments too!…
Styled with nude heels and bracelets, Ariana wore the limited edition jones + jones Phoebe Dress in Liberty Rose print to attend Nickelodeon’s celebration of the 8th Annual Worldwide Day Of Play and we think she looked gorgeous!
The jones + jones Phoebe Dress in Liberty Rose print is definitely red-carpet worthy with it’s frothy full-skirt complete with net-trimmed petticoat, oh-so-pretty Liberty Of London floral print, cut-to-perfection fitted waistband and statement bow…
She has also been spotted looking oh-so-sweet in the stunning one-shoulder limited edition jones + jones Tilly Dress in Liberty Rose Bud print!…
With love, jones + jones x
Photos courtesy of various sources
Whether you’re planning on heading to the shops to start your Christmas shopping, finding a trendy bar for some well-deserved cocktails or treating yourself to a sophisticated meal, make sure you look glamorous this pay weekend!
For an oh-so-pretty and on-trend look to browse the boutiques in, we recommend looking to Taylor Swift for some inspiration this week…
Gold hues, full and flirty pleats, the jones + jones Vicky Dress in gold would look gorgeous with a fitted black blazer and ballet pumps or brogues. We also have a stunning selection of skirts ranging from fitted body-con decorated with lavish layers of fabric to voluminous with added net-trimmed petticoats to pair with your choice of chunky knitwear, sheer blouse, fitted vest or bodice…
If a sophisticated meal or evening out is on the cards for you this weekend, then Tuesday saw Jessica Alba give a perfect example of elegant festive femininity, with a fitted waist, full skirt and prim high neckline…
For glamorous sophistication we love these dresses…
For a statement look to turn heads, we loved Sienna Miller’s style this week…
If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd this weekend, check out our picks for catching everyone’s eye!…
Click here for all of the stunning dresses and gorgeous skirts above and so many more!
Whatever your plans are this weekend, we hope you have a great time!
With love, jones + jones
P.s. Check out our website here for a free gift with all orders over £75.00!
Celebrity images courtesy of InStyle
The week is nearly over and it’s pay weekend so there is no excuse not to pamper yourself and celebrate in style!
From the perfect LBD, to outfits that are “guaranteed” to have heads turning, our website, jones + jones on Topshop.com, our ASOS Marketplace boutique and concessions in select Topshop stores are all full-to-the-brim with stunning dresses and skirts to ensure you catch everyone’s eye this weekend!…
New arrival the jones + jones Fairy Dress in black combines a gorgeous strapless sweetheart bodice and sequin adorned sheer floaty fabric over a luxurious stretch velvet fitted skirt for a stunning LBD…
If you’re looking to make more of a statement and be the talk of every room or dance floor for all of the right reasons then you should check out our stunning metallic dresses and skirts. Combining cut-to-perfection nipped-in waists with flowing pleats in on-trend glamorous metallics we recommend the Metallic Sarah Dress in gold or bronze…
For ultra-feminine charm this weekend, look no further than the oh-so-pretty Vivienne Dress in autumnal floral Liberty print , whichÂ combines tradition with a modern edge. It’s deep ‘V’ back allows a glimpse of skin while the full and flirty skirt enhances curves…
For all of the above dresses and skirts and so many more check out our website here, jones + jones on Topshop.com here, our boutique on ASOS marketplace here or pop into one of our Topshop concessions for the perfect party outfit this weekend!
Have a great time and get pampering!
With love, jones + jones x
We have just launched our amazing sale tonight and have we got some treats for you!
We have 20 stunning styles at only Â£10.00 each while stocks last!…
And an extra special treat for you, we have added two oh-so-pretty limited edition Liberty print dresses to our sale, which are both reduced from Â£75.00 to Â£45.00 now!…
Check out all of our Sale and Last Chance To Buy items on our website here while stocks last!
With love, jones + jones xxx
Those of you with a passion for jones + jones and a love for dramatic soaps and glamorous reality shows, may have noticed some gorgeous garments sashaying across your screens over the last few days!
Cheska was spotted on Made In Chelsea last night in the jones + jones Belle Dress in black at her dinner party with boyfriend Kendal, as well as Ollie and Chloe, where she cooked up a treat (hopefully after those canapÃ©s…sorry Cheska!)…
She then went to see Binky and Gabriella at Caggie’s gig and graciously accepted an apology from Hugo. We think she looked absolutely stunning!…
Meanwhile, the oh-so-pretty jones + jones Julia Dress in Liberty Pansy print was worn by a guest at the disaster wedding between characters Mercedes and Riley on Hollyoaks!
Unfortunately we have sold out of both the Belle Dress in black and the Julia Dress in Liberty Pansy print, however we have the stunning jones + jones Vivienne Dress in Liberty Pansy print currently available here but it is limited edition so be quick and if you loved the daring deep ‘V’ of the Belle Dress we would definitely recommend the jones + jones Sadie Dress in black!
With love, jones + jones xxx
Images courtesy of 4OD