13 Things You Didn’t Know About Henry Holland

We ask the designer to take an exclusive selfie – and reveal all...


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Henry Holland is renowned for his trend-setting fashion sense - but he's also well-known as a cheeky chappy with a hilarious sense of humour and fun.

We caught up with the House Of Holland founder to find out what we didn't already know about him...

Who is your best friend?

Jessica Fletcher, who I run my company with. I met her when I was 12 and we’ve pretty much been together every day since then. She is very mannish, I’m very girly, so we meet in the middle.


What’s your biggest regret?

Not dressing more adventurously when I was young. I wish I had been more daring and crazy. If you can’t look back at pictures of yourself without thinking you looked absolutely ridiculous then you really didn’t try hard enough.

What’s your biggest extravagance?

Shoes. The first thing I ever bought for more than £1,000 was a pair of shoes. I freaked out: I sold my car for less when I was younger.

What is your type?

Anyone who is comfortable laughing at themselves and being really silly. People often try not to be too childish; I try and do the opposite.

When was the last time you were embarrassed?

I arrived late for a posh party recently, and tried to slip in unnoticed with a journalist friend of mine. She went over on her heels and flew into one of the tables, smashing loads of glasses. I was very embarrassed for her.

When was the last time you lost your temper?

This morning! I had a row with my boyfriend [David Hodgson] before I left the house. It’s pretty common in the mornings, we usually have a mini-row and then make up by the time we get to the office. I think it’s healthy.


What from the past would you like to delete from the internet?

Evidence of some of my shows. What I do is so closely attached to where you are personally, so when I’m in the depths of despair it doesn’t translate very well. I’d get rid of some of the shocking outfits from those times.

Who owes you an apology?

My boyfriend after our row this morning.

Who or what would go into your Room 101?

Blurry photos.

Tell us a secret.

I’m obsessed with Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) videos online. It’s this weird movement where certain people respond to noises like the rustle of a paper or the scratch of a pen. It really relaxes me; I did it once on a Sunday and woke up seven hours later.

What’s the biggest misconception about you?

That I do no work and just go to parties. I do party, but I also work very hard.

Who do you miss the most?

My French bulldog Peggy. I can FaceTime or text everyone else, but you can’t text your dog.


What is your biggest life lesson?

To believe in yourself. I didn’t set out to do what I’m doing right now, partly because I didn’t think that I would be able to. But when I did actually give it a go, it turns out that I could do it. You have to go after what you want.

(Henry Holland was speaking in partnership with Sony Mobiles Xperia X.)

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