Liberty stock some nice things that are made in the UK. For example recently in their store I have come across UK made Leathersmith diaries, Paul Smith UK made scarves, Zatchels made in England satchels, Barbour hats (made in Scotland), John Smedley made in England scarves, Dr Martins made in England satchels, Johnstons of Elgin made in Scotland scarves, Liberty mugs made in England by Emma Bridgewater, Grenson made in England mens shoes, Mason Pearce made in England brushes, Burleigh made in England china, Richard James Savile Row made in England mens socks, Pantherella made in England mens socks, Fenella Smith made in England dogs bowls, Donna Wilson made in the UK cushions, Tweedmill made in England recycled throws, and Creighton’s made in England chocolates. With careful shopping you can find some great UK made goods in Liberty.
However, lots of things they sell are foreign made and some things they sell are surprisingly foreign made – mens Liberty pattern (James May) shirts, ladies Liberty pattern dresses, Liberty pattern gifts, caps at £130 each that are poorly made in China, a Liberty book on sewing that is made in China and more. So, by no means is everything they sell British!
Also, take care not to fall foul of Liberty’s old fashioned, draconian, un-customer friendly no refunds policy on most of the things they sell!
Not all UK department stores are listed here. Just the ones I could think of. There is a fairly comprehensive list of current and defunct British department stores on Wikipedia.
The original cast of Are You Being Served. Captain Peacock, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Harmon, Mr. Rumbold, Miss Brahms, Mrs. Slocombe, Mr. Granger, Young Mr. Grace, and Mr. Humphries. c. 1972. The fictional department store in this BBC comedy, Grace Bros, was loosely based on Simpson of Piccadilly – the London store where comedy writer Jeremy Lloyd once worked and which closed in 1999.
Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd opened its doors in around 1972. Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd was a large and very prestigious department store located at 27 Westgate, Oxford, OX1 1LP. Sears (who by then owned Lewis’s, who were also the owners of the Selfridges London store) re-branded the store as Lewis’s in around 1989 and it traded under the Lewis’s name until around 1996 (from around 1991 Lewis’s had come under the ownership of Owen Owen). It then traded as Allders until around 2005 (Allders having purchased a number of the Owen Owen stores in 1996), when the store closed.
Selfridges (Oxford) Ltd from inside the Westgate Christmas time 1988.
Boswells, Oxford c.2010
Boyes’ flagship store in Scarborough (16 Aug 2010)
John Lewis Oxford Street, 23.7.12 – fitted out for the Olympics / Jubilee
John Lewis Department Store, Cardiff, 4.5.12
Fortnum & Mason, London, 22/05/2008
Daniel Department Store Windsor in around 2006
The sign outside Selfridges, London, 14.9.11. Photograph by author.