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A Lesson in Handbag Curation

We sneak a rare peek inside the well-stocked (and much-treasured) bags of team Liberty.
By: Shannon Peter

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A Lesson in Handbag Curation

A Lesson in Handbag Curation

We sneak a rare peek inside the well-stocked (and much-treasured) bags of team Liberty

By: Shannon Peter

Catch a glimpse inside a woman’s bag and you’ll learn a lot about the inner workings of her mind. The long-forgotten to-do list, the paper diary she can’t bear to digitise, the lip balm tube that’s been squeezed into oblivion; every item hints at the type of life she leads.

But no matter the woman, there is a specific set of handbag essentials every bag ought to house; a curated and concise list of beauty must-haves that make life run a little smoother whenever they’re kept to hand. We asked a handful of Liberty staff to let us rummage inside their carefully (or not so carefully) curated bags. Here’s what we found...

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LinLi Teh

Buying Director

“I have a love/hate relationship with handbags. I love the act of finding The One, a bag that makes your heart skip a beat, occupying your thoughts for weeks and months until you finally take the plunge and buy it. I love the new bag smell and the thrill of the first wear. However, I long for a day when I can go out without one. To live hands free. But until that day comes, a crossbody strap is a key bag requirement.

“Inside, you’ll find my diary (no one uses paper diaries anymore, but I love mine), my ditzy print card holder, a pair of sunglasses and a few of my everyday beauty essentials, most importantly: hand sanitizer. I’ve become so reliant on it.”


Loewe Puzzle Leather Shoulder Bag, £2,700
Liberty Little Ditsy Primrose Zip Card Holder, £70
D.S. & Durga Italian Citrus Eau de Parfum 50ml, £155
Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Mist, £11
Celine Square Acetate Sunglasses, £350
Liberty Royal Hera Compact Umbrella, £45

Sophie Beresiner

Global Head of Content

“My handbag used to be a calm and ordered place. Then I had a child and it quickly became a chaotic black hole, sucking in everything I need to stash quickly in order to free up my hands. As such, I often turn up for work and pull out a dummy when I need my airpods, and if there is a very handy side pocket like this bag has, it will invariably house a disgustingly soggy tissue. I need to reclaim my calm and ordered safe space again, it’s time!”


Liberty Little Ditsy Alison Lewis Cross-Body Bag, £225
Liberty Thorpeness Compact Umbrella, £45
Liberty Tanjore Gardens Boxed Pen, £21.99
Isabel Marant Acetate Cat-Eye Sunglassess, £210
Liberty Ava Silk Pocket Square, £70
Sisley Paris Nutritive Lip Balm, £62.04

Harpreet Chohan-Basra

Head of Retail Marketing

“As bizarre as it sounds, my Loewe Luna Leather Shoulder Bag is like my second brain. If I’ve missed something off my to-do list, there will be something in my bag to remind me of what I need to crack on with, often in the form of a crumpled note – I’m still pretty old school. You might find a toddlers' sock in there too (a cute way of reminding me of the endless things that I need to buy for my tiny person) as well as a Liberty print coin purse for loose change, Byredo’s hand sanitiser, multiple notebooks and a lip crayon – Rose Inc’s are the best.”


Loewe Luna Leather Shoulder Bag, £1,800
Vilhelm Parfumerie Darling Nikki Eau de Parfum 100ml, £220
Liberty Libra 45 x 45cm Silk Twill Scarf, £95
Byredo Gypsy Water Hand Cream, £34
Liberty Little Ditsy Alison Lewis Card Holder, £65
Liberty Floral Writer’s Notebook Set, £10.99

Lyndsay Conway

Head of Audience Development

“I like to think I’m not tied to my handbag but that’s not really true. So to feel as hands-free as possible, I always opt for a crossbody bag like the Sarah bag by APC. It's big enough to fit in daily essentials, but doesn’t require constant shoulder swapping. Inside, there’s always a notebook for work, a card case for my pass and at least two scrunchies; I feel like I can be more productive with my hair up. As for makeup, I’ve managed to whittle it down to this one lip gloss by Westman Atelier.”


A.P.C. Leather Demi-Lune Bag, £400
Westman Atelier Squeaky Clean Liquid Lip Balm, £35
Liberty Little Ditsy Primrose Airpod Case, £65
Liberty Phoebe and Katie and Millie Tana Lawn™ Cotton Hair Scrunchie Set of Two, £70
Saint Laurent Classic Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses, £360
Liberty Iphis Medium Pouch, £125

Photography: Jessica Gates

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