Sunday 6 January 2019

Sunday Snap – The London Emporium

We were in London for last week's Sunday Snap of Votes for Women. I asked who the suffrage leader was and the answer is

Millicent Fawcett

On the campaign trail with the right answer was Anne.

Last night was Twelfth Night so all your Christmas decorations should have been packed away now. To finish off the festive season I'm sharing part of the spectacular Christmas display in one of London's most famous and exclusive stores.

It all started in 1875 when one man decided to open his own shop in Regent Street. He was the sold of a draper and his uncle had a business selling lace. His first job was with another shop in Regent Street called Farmer and Rogers. It specialised in women's fashions and soon he was the manager of the warehouse. He wanted to become a partner in the business but the directors weren't interested so he decided to go it alone instead. It started off selling ornaments, fabric and objets d'art from Japan and the Far East – a tradition that continues to this day.

Such was the popularity of the store that the owner was able to both repay the loan he had taken out eighteen months earlier to set up the store but also he was able to expand into further properties in Regent Street. By the 1890s it had fully embraced the design styles of the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements. To this day it is still known for its collaboration with William Morris and you can buy fabric and clothing in his Strawberry Thief pattern.

Although the founder died in 1917 his eponymous store continued to expand. In 1924 a mock Tudor fronted building was constructed on the adjoining Great Marlborough Street. It is this building with its large display windows that makes the shop so recognisable. This week's question is

What is the name of the London store?
We were joined last week by Susan who has been enjoying birthdays and Christmas. Dave got his mist on the weir shot in Yorkshire. In New Zealand Betty has been to Macrocarpa House. Anne has been enjoying the post-Christmas toy playing. There has been bare foot walks on the beach for Kara and some deer spotting. For 2019 Jo would like all of us to live in Harmony. Finally, Jesh has been saying goodbye to the old to welcome in the new.

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  1. I’m sure it’s Liberty Department store. Such a lovely shot & loved reading the history x

  2. What a fab photo! It is a very pretty display.
    I have no idea what store it is? The only London store I can think of is Harrods x

  3. It looks stunning and was very interesting to read about.
    I'm joining in for the first time - I followed the link over from Susan's blog!

  4. That is definitely Liberty’s. A shop I love exploring when I visit London #sundaysnap

  5. Liberty, I'd love to visit but never have. Thanks for hosting x

  6. Definitely Liberty Department Store.


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