Last Thursday was the launch party for the I Am London exhibition where Anderson & Sheppard apprentice coat maker Liberty was among 60 Londoners who had their portraits displayed.
The event was held at Central Saint Martin’s building in Granary Square and was hosted by the team at Historic England as part of a campaign which encourages Londoners to notice, celebrate and speak up for the heritage of the city. Each person’s particular London story is bound up in the place where he or she has chosen, showing the city’s heritage can be inspirational, provocative and frustrating whilst at the same time fun, familiar and humbling.
Famous Londoners featured included Professor Lord Robert Winston, AC Grayling, Caroline Criado Perez, Bob and Roberta Smith designer and placemaker Morag Myerscough and Amy Lamé join “unsung Londoners” to tell their stories. Liberty was pictured in the cutting room at 32 Old Burlington Street; the place that her journey as an apprentice started. Liberty’s inclusion in the campaign highlights how integral tailoring is to London and also displays the work of the younger generation training in the industry.