It takes a brave man to ask Helena Bonham Carter to collaborate on a fashion line, but now joining Marc Jacobs in that exclusive group is Liberty Managing Director, Ed Burstell, who has invited HBC to join a group of 20 other people in creating a range of ‘National Treasures’ products for the iconic department store.
Helena has designed an antique gold necklace with jeweller Annina Vogel, in a limited edition of 30, with proceeds going to Save the Children. Alongside Helena, the likes of Stella McCartney (who has designed another necklace – a gold Union Jack envelope design in an edition of 50 with proceeds going to Kids Company) and Vivienne Westwood (a one-off piece, of course – ‘Buy less!’ to be auctioned with proceeds going to Liberty. The charity) have also designed pieces, along with the likes of John Snow, The BFC, Claridges hotel, Celia Birtwell (above), Jo Wood (below) and, erm, Deborah Meaden and Vinnie Jones. You can check out the whole collection here.
Liberty MD Burstell said that ‘Since moving to the UK and joining Liberty three years ago I discovered a wealth of creative, talented and interesting people I wanted to work with and so decided to do this in one big project where we could donate the proceeds from the product sales to charity.’ Which we heartily applaud. However, we can think of several other National Treasures who we would LOVE to see come up with something for Liberty (Judi Dench, perhaps? Eddie and Patsy?) Though, of course, maybe they were approached and said no. But who would make up your fantasy wish-list of national treasures? And what would they design…?