Our “Life at Le Louvre” blog features are for us to connect with our favourite people, brands and lifestyle icons and share them with our ever-growing fashion audience. Beginning with Miss Wightman and then Georgina Weir we have always been proud to surround ourselves with smart, stylish, clever and quirky people that make life more interesting.
Talented author, philanthropist and businesswoman Cassy Liberman has long been a friend of Le Louvre. As a child, Cassy was a frequent visitor to the Collins street store, accompanying her mother on shopping trips, where she would experience firsthand the charm and mystique of Le Louvre in the early days.
Cassy, who is building a picture book series on Inspirational Australian Women thought it only fitting to create a book about Le Louvre centred around the inspiration founder of the store Miss Lillian Whiteman, and her daughter, Georgina Weir. Below we share with you some of the pages of this beautiful book, filled with illustrations by iconic Australian artist Mark Schaller.
Books are available at Le Louvre from tomorrow $29.95
We have interviewed Cassy to find out a little bit about her inspirations…. etc…
Being embraced by my family and their love.
What do you do…
I am a mother, a businesswoman, a writer, a philanthropist, a person on the impact investment journey.
What can’t you live without…
Love, tea, books and nature, quiet moments but also the chaos of family.
What comes to mind when you think of Le Louvre…
My childhood – fossicking for fabrics in the workroom upstairs in Collins street. Magic and Transformation. Beauty and Colour. Reality and Fantasy. Georgina. Joy.
One piece of advice you always listen to…
Love is the answer to every question.
Why are your illustrated books and stories so important?
My book series is all about Inspirational Australian Women.
As a mother, I came to realize that school and university had introduced me, and in turn my children, to very few women role models. Those that I had, were mostly family members.
I believe we all need role models. But I also believe that history as it is by and large written and taught, does not include the wealth of female role models that it should. Not because they do not exist, but because they are not lauded by our patriarchal society.
The books I write are about real women that I find truly inspirational. They are stories that all too often, are not known to contemporary society. I see them as a gift of possibility for my children and to all who read them.
Which of your incredible published books has touched you the most?
My first book; Wildflower: The Life and Art of Ellis Rowan.
It was a real awakening; to these incredible women, to possibilities, to the coming together of many varied strands of my life, to a journey that I knew was one of passion and purpose for me but also one where I feel I am contributing something of meaning and value to the historical lexicon of Australia.
One of your first memories of Le Louvre…
I clearly remember sitting on the floor in the back room of the Collins street store, watching Georgina and my mother, as dresses and outfits magically appeared out of secret cupboards as the process of chatting about life while getting dressed and undressed would begin.
Then seeing the gorgeously wrapped boxes at the foot of the stairs at home, knowing I had shared in a little bit of the magic that went in to their selection.