Growing up, no one knew what Liberty of London was when I mentioned it. It was sold here, but apparently wasn't all that popular or well known. In the UK Liberty has been around since 1875 and there's a great Liberty store. I've known about Liberty since I was a child. My father was hooked on their ties, especially the floral ones. As a very young man he was stationed in Scotland with the Air Force and he developed an affinity for British clothing during that time. It's so funny, because my father was a very conservative dresser, except for his ties. He'd wear a dark, three piece suit from Brooks Brothers and punctuate it with a brightly colored tie. In the summer, that would almost always be a Liberty floral. (Eventually he got interested in Hermes ties, but that's another, future post.)
My father's conservative suit with bright accessory approach is a combination I totally approve of and one I often apply to my own style. I think it's fair to say he collected Liberty ties. There are even a few hanging in his collection, never worn with the store tags still attached. Ties, like other accessories, tell a lot about the wearer's personality, and are an opportunity to express individuality. Below is a sample of twenty-two of his most colorful ones, mostly floral, all vintage and all beautiful!
A veritable tie garden
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