Thursday 22 October / 6–8pm (SOLD OUT)
‘Indefatigable, indestructible and as decisive as a cleaver. Don’t mess with the Best’ Richard E Grant on ‘At Liberty’, 2015
Join Ed Burstell for a truly inspirational evening to hear about his meteoric rise to the top of the retail and fashion world, and his vision for Liberty London, one of Britain’s most iconic institutions, in the 21st century.
As Managing Director of Liberty, Burstell has become well-known for his role in two documentary series about the store. Screened on Channel 4 in 2013 and 2014 the television shows focused on the inner workings of Liberty in the build-up to Christmas, and led to a marked increase in footfall and customer demand. Burstell’s recipe for UK retail success includes a renewed focus on young British designers like Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto, and support for London Fashion Week. He has also highlighted Liberty’s renowned floral prints, spearheading a number of collaborations with brands like Levi’s, Barbour, and Nike.
Originally from New York, Burstell joined the store as buying director in 2008, coming from his home city’s luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman and previous roles at Henry Bendel and Macy’s. He was promoted to Managing Director of Liberty in June 2010 following private equity firm Blue Gem Capital’s £32 million acquisition of the company, and is now responsible for overseeing all buying functions and marketing.
As this in-conversation event reveals, Ed’s transformation of not only Liberty, but also two of New York’s most prestigious luxury department stores, has involved highs and lows. Coinciding with the publication of his autobiography, ‘At Liberty from rehab to the front row’ Ed provides his top tips for surviving in fashion and retail across 25 years.
The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the exhibition Liberty in Fashion; the ‘in-conversation’ event follows at 6.15pm for 6.30pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including the chance to ask questions at the end. It is followed by a book signing.
‘At Liberty from rehab to the front row’ is available for purchase from the Fashion and Textile Museum exhibition shop.
Price £15 / £12 students includes a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.Frequently Asked Questions