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John Lewis unveils 150th anniversary plans

John Lewis has unveiled a range of events to mark its 150th anniversary next month, including an interactive exhibition of its Victorian origins and exclusive tie-ups.

The exhibition will show visitors the then £4m business’ beginnings in John Spedan Lewis’ draper’s shop in 1864, learning about the founder and his vision that all workers should be co-owners of the company and share in its success. The exhibition travels through the years to World War II, and into the future to predict how we will shop in the years to come.

In a first for the retailer, the Oxford Street flagship will also open its roof, showing off an urban rooftop, designed by Tony Woods, the Royal Horticultural Society National Young Designer of the Year, and the Partnership’s own gardeners.

On top of this, John Lewis will offer in store and online a carefully edited assortment of product that has been produced exclusively for the anniversary.

Collaborations will include Antoni & Alison, Jaeger, Ted Baker, Lucienne Day, Barbour, Alex Monroe, Jo Malone, Liz Earle, Dualit, Vitra, Alessi, Links of London and Silvercross.

As well as this, Orla Kiely will launch the label’s first menswear range exclusively with John Lewis.

Nationwide celebrations will begin on May 3, with each shop supporting a local charity. A TV advert will also be unveiled that week.

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