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You’re not the only one who browses the prints and patterns inside Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Liberty London and imagines an endless weekend of DIY projects. Liberty London fanatics are a crafty bunch, as you’ll see when stylist and author Sania Pell leads you through this tutorial.

Get your scissors out, folks. Let’s do this.

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While the latest in our Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Liberty London video series is a behind-the-scenes look at the print and fabric design process from the storied Brit brand’s autumn 2012 collection, the industry insight is still totally relevant and the inside point of view on the process is, as we say around here, evergreen.

But let’s check out how they say it around there.

Go desk-side with a handful of Liberty designers at the in-house studio as they talk about historical context, original artwork, digital prints and art world references.

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Calling all garmento geeks, fashion nerds and Anglophiles! To help you navigate the print- and pattern-festooned planet of Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Liberty London, we’ve lined up a video mini-series aimed at insider knowledge, DIY projects and general fun stuff.

First up: How does a Liberty print become a Liberty print?

The iconic Tana Lawn shows up across the floral print shopper, that crazily irresistible egg cozy and on lots of other useful and adorable items, but where was it before that? Get inside the impressive Lancaster fabric factory that finishes many of these fine textiles and find out how Liberty’s prints come to life.

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This month we celebrate British heritage as Pop-In@Nordstrom welcomes Liberty London. To kick things off, here’s a look inside the brand.

Ed Burstell, managing director of Liberty London; image via the Liberty blog

When I asked Ed Burstell how he described Liberty London back in 2008, when he left the American fashion industry to work for what is perhaps the most British of all British department stores, he said he told people, “It was one of the last great emporiums of its kind left on Earth.” When I asked Burstell how he describes it now, after seven years as the shop’s managing director, his Brit-sharpened wit and American confidence cuts right through.

“I say it is one of the last great emporiums of its kind left on Earth.”

For the launch of this month’s Liberty London Pop-In, Burstell defined the historical context of Liberty’s grand marketplace status, and he outlined what he calls his “subversive” polish on this British institution.

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Step one: Own something that you can refer to as a “Funboy.

Step two: Get “extreme sportsman and adventure photographer” Jay Alvarrez to lead the charge.

Step three: Watch this video.

 

 

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We visited Kate Young on the bright, sunny morning immediately following the Met Gala and not long before all the craziness of Cannes, and that right there is all the metaphor you really need. Every day in the life of this ultra-cool celebrity stylist is the day after something really major. And probably the day before and during something really major, too. Kate Young … she’s just major.

Celebrity stylist Kate Young showing us some of the tools of her trade
on the morning after the Met Gala this past May; image by Kirby Calvin

But that doesn’t necessarily mean you know her by name or that adorable, blonde-fringed face. As a stylist and brand collaborator/consultant, her genius and finesse live largely beyond the camera’s gaze. Not our camera, mind you. No, Kirby Calvin and I brought our lens right up to Young’s downtown NYC office and talked to her about Kate Young for Tura, the collection of super-chic sunglasses she made in collaboration with the New York City–based eyewear brand and available now at Pop-In Goes Poolside.

Kate Young’s office; image by Kirby Calvin

Here’s what she who dresses Naomi Watts, Natalie Portman and Sienna Miller has to say about summer style, swimming holes of the eastern United States and how frames frame your style.

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If you’re prone to jealousy regarding other people’s sweet gigs, you may want to skip our series on the best pools, in which Instagrammer Kate Brien from View from the Topp catalogs the best swimming holes this side of Old Hollywood. When this shoe-selfie pro puts her stamp on a pool, it’s not just because the water is warm and the towels are dry. These places are swanky, sweet and super stylish—making them the perfect spots for Brien’s Soludos, her footwear brand of choice for poolside reconnaissance. Keep reading to find out where this pool is and how to make yourself at home there, and check back all month long as we count them down.

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Jessica and Nicole Tracy, the sisters behind Kore Swim, can bring their notion of personal beauty and positive self image back to one simple phrase from a Jefferson Airplane song: “You’re only as pretty as you feel.” (The philosophy is right there on the So-Cal-based swimwear line’s About Us page.) And hey you know what? Same goes for a poolside summer:
You’re as fun as you can dream yourself to be, girl. So let’s do this.

The Tracy sisters before business plans and conference rooms were a thing

Jessica and Nicole gave us their download on summer’s best entertainment—and the poolside’s best looks.

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If you’re prone to jealousy regarding other people’s sweet gigs you may want to skip our series on the best pools, in which Instagrammer Kate Brien from View from the Topp catalogues the best swimming holes this side of Old Hollywood. When this shoe-selfie pro puts her stamp on a pool it’s not just because the water is warm and the towels are dry. These places are swanky, sweet, and super stylish—making them the perfect spots for Brien’s Soludos, her footwear brand of choice for poolside reconnaissance. Keep reading to find out where this pool is and how to make yourself at home there, and check back all month long as we count them down.

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Looking for dreamy tunes to soundtrack summer hangouts? We thought you might be!

Check this exclusive mix from independent Brooklyn-based music label Mexican Summer–the brain trust which popularized Best Coast and Washed Out a few years back–compiled by the man in charge, Keith Abrahamsson. The music is a blend of the beautiful and the strange. You will find rock, pop and electronic music. Old styles and new ones.

And it all goes together fluidly.

If you like what you hear, we recommend spending more time with Mexican Summer and its sister labels Anthology and Software. In our opinion, Abrahamsson and his crew are 100% trustable.

Relatedly: Abrahamsson’s wife, Kate Young, is a fashion stylist we greatly admire and the designer of several Tura sunglasses featured in our current Pop-In Shop.

We spoke to Abrahamsson on the phone about getting style advice from his wife, the future of the music biz and the best swimming hole in New York.

And we had him take a few photos of his desk, so you know what it looks like to steer the good ship Mexican Summer.

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