House of Liza: The name sort of came to me by accident. I wanted it to be a pun on the concept of Fashion House or Maison and I also wanted it to reflect my collection of record covers, especially those designed by Andy Warhol. As it happened I was staring at the wall thinking about possible names when I realised I was staring right at the face of Liza Minnelli, immortalised by Andy Warhol. It was perfect. Her bohemian and at times tragic life story, her sense of fashion and glamour… seem to encapsulate not only my collection but where the store is located too!
HoL: The shop stocks unique vintage pieces by designers who were at the cutting edge of fashion when the pieces were created. Today’s consumers prefer their products to have history and evoke a sense of the past. House of Liza focuses on clothes that defined the vanguard of their period. The collection is based on my own personal archive that I have been collecting for a few years now. The archive reflects my passion for fashion, the designers that have inspired and surprised me. These tend to be from mainly the 80s and 90s, which is when I was growing up. It was a very exciting period, with a buoyant economy and a sense of rebellious experimentation.
HoL: I have a few favourite ones, but maybe the Teddy Bear coat by Jean Charles de Castelbajac (1988.1989), made with 40 peluche teddy bears!
HoL: Fashion is an expression of one’s inner self, of ones identity. At the end fashion is an illusion!