Liberty of London
Arthur Lasenby Liberty was born in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, in 1843. He decided to start a business, and with a £2,000 loan from his future father-in-law, he accepted the lease of half a shop at 218a Regent Street with three staff members.
The shop opened during 1875 selling ornaments, fabric and objets d'art from Japan and the East. Within eighteen months, he had repaid the loan and acquired the second half of 218 Regent Street. As the business grew, neighbouring properties were bought and added.
Housed in a striking, timber-framed, Tudor revival building, the powerful Liberty brand extends to the distinctive style of its surroundings. With small, intimate staircases, intricately designed elevators, wooden balconies and glass atriums this has to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing and unique department stores in the city, if not all of Europe.
Liberty, Regent St, Carnaby, London W1B 5AH