If you are an arty crafty creative type, then put down your knitting needles for a second and read this. London’s most refined department store Liberty are holding their second annual Design Open Call, as part of their Best of Britain season. If you’ve created something extra special, you never know, it might end up being stocked there – like Amanda Featherazi brooches and Michael Birch scarves which turned out to be best-sellers.
The idea is that designers and craftspeople bring their wares to Liberty, from fashion to furniture, hats to handbags, craft to cushions and from ceramics to silverware. Liberty is encouraging anyone with a creative passion to bring in their designs for the panel to assess.
Panel? You ask. Well yes, just slightly. Liberty being Liberty have only gone and got Ed Burstell [Liberty Buying director], Yasmin Sewell (Liberty’s Creative Consultant), David Nicholls (Daily Telegraph), Damian Foxe (Financial Times, How To Spend It) and Sarah Mower (international fashion authority) on board, as well as the rest of the Liberty buying team.
We’ve been assured that the idea of the exercise is to give advice and encouragement to all comers (not a Dragon’s Den style humiliation) so, if you think this could be a great chance for you then the biggest hurdle might be the queue – 700 people have registered already! If you are interested you must sign up in advance here