Liberty’s Buying Director Shares Her Favourite Pieces, Brands & Wish List Items
Liberty’s Buying Director Shares Her Favourite Pieces, Brands & Wish List Items

Liberty’s Buying Director Shares Her Favourite Pieces, Brands & Wish List Items

As Liberty’s buying director, it’s safe to say Lydia King has her finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest fashion brands and new season buys. From summer accessories to statement dresses, here’s everything she’s loving right now…
By Emma Bigger
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Images: THE PELIGONI CLUB; ALEMAIS; OLANA

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1.The Under-The-Radar Brand

“We are the first London department store to stock Liberowe. The designer Talia was inspired by Indian menswear tailoring, as well as Paris in the 70s, and she’s managed to amass a really impressive Instagram following.”

2. The Trend 

“This isn’t really a new trend but a co-ord – particularly a pinstripe one – is so chic for the summer. I've just bought one from Loulou de Saison's Lou Lou Studio collection.”

3. The Basket Bag

“In the summer, it’s got to be a Loewe basket, and the new olive colour is so chic. Dragon Diffusion has some beautifully made woven oversized totes, too.”

4. The Sunglasses

“I recently picked up some Celine hexagonal gold rimmed sunglasses. They’re a great way to add a bit of a statement to an understated outfit.”

5. The Summer Dress

ALEMAIS is a really colourful fun brand committed to responsible and sustainable practices. It creates collections that support artisanal communities and has some of the best printed dresses this season.

6. The Style Rule

“A silk scarf in the hair is such a timeless look. I'm also a big fan of a cotton or linen black dress in the summer – my current favourites are by AlaïaCecilie BahnsenMatteau and Olana

7. The City

“Paris is always the best for shopping – from Le Bon Marché to all the small independent boutiques in the Marais. The original Frankie Shop still has such a great selection, while Merci and Antoinette de Poisson have such beautiful products. I always stumble across new creative discoveries there.”

8. The Beauty Product

“My go-to product right now is the Miracle Balm by Jones Road. Bobbi Brown is a genius and such a genuine and inspirational person to work with.”

9. The Fragrance

“We launched a new Fragrance Lounge at Liberty recently and there are now so many new niche and classic scents available it's hard to pick just one. Having said that, I can't stop wearing Crystal Saffron by Matiere Premiere at the moment. Founded by Aurélien Guichard, we had the pleasure of visiting his family's seventh generation farm in Grasse recently to experience the rose harvest. It was amazing to see the process and the olfactory approach.”

10. The Treatment

“I just had a facial by Wildsmith (the spa at Heckfield Place, which recently launched at Liberty) and I am fully converted. Emma Lewisham's supernatural sleeping mask is another miracle product, too.” 

11. The Destination

“I have a long-standing love affair with Greece and the Greek islands. Our favourite holidays are spent exploring the beaches that are accessible only by boat and the hidden coves around the Aegean Islands. Kioni village in Ithaca is great for jewellery shopping and Kefalonia has some amazing scenery. My kids always beg us to come home via the Peligoni Club in Zakynthos for a week of sailing and dancing on tables.” 

12. The Restaurant

“I can't wait to try the Greek-inspired dishes at Oma in Borough Market. My favourite local is Freak Scene in Parsons Green – it’s pan-Asian fusion and does amazing cocktails.” 

13. The Books 

“I’m more into a good book than a night out. I loved So Late in the Day by Claire Keegan and I always go back to the Neapolitan Novels Series by Elena Ferrante. I'm currently reading What Writers Read: 35 Writers on Their Favourite Book by Pandora Sykes.” 

14. The Podcast

“I just listened to Minnie Driver on Table Manners and loved her free spirit. Glad We Had This Chat with Caroline Hirons is next on my playlist.” 

15. The New Follow

Marin Montagut runs the most beautiful little Parisian boutique which sells handmade interior objects and his Instagram account is so eclectic. We’re due to launch his collection exclusively in London later this year.” 

16. The Exhibition

“The dream exhibition to visit would have been Amoako Boafo's The One That Got Away in Mexico City but I couldn't make it due to work commitments. I'm looking forward to seeing Matisse: The Red Studio at the Louis Vuitton foundation in Paris next week.”

Follow @Lydia_King on Instagram.

ROMAN RICARD

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