October 2015 saw London’s finest descend on Liberty to celebrate the winning designers from LDNY’s Legacy Collection project. Bringing together fashion students and artisans from low income communities, the initiative helps give the next generation of creatives a truly global platform for networking and empowerment through employment. The charity’s founder June Sarpong hosted the event with Liberty’s managing director Ed Burstell, and were joined by Caroline Rush of the British Fashion Council, Miriam González Durántez and a host of special guests.
“I’m so excited about the partnership with Liberty, Ed and the team have been phenomenal. Liberty is the premier department store in the world; there’s a spirit of giving back and philanthropy as well as it being this luxurious wonderful den. My favourite part of this year was bringing the artisans and students together, and having this cross-cultural collaboration. For the artisans it was the first time some of them had left their home countries and it was just amazing.” – June Sarpong
Special thanks to Cointreau who provided refreshments for the attendees, and Maserati who brought everyone to the event in impeccable style, and hosted a live-tweet stream in one of our windows. “What would I say to someone starting out? Stay original! Sometimes you are told to go a different route but stay unique, stay original, stay you.” – Eve
“To see these humble women create art that’s so personal, intricate and beautiful makes you realise fashion has so many different levels other than just Paris Fashion Week, for example.” - Leticia “Working with the artisans was an amazing experience; it helped me to design better, learning their techniques, interpreting and absorbing them.” - Nayana “In the future I hope to work for a brand that empowers women, this process has really helped me think in a business way, looking at the industry and how it works, how to approach the industry, what to do and what not to do.” – Nitya