Henry Holland reflects on struggle with imposter syndrome

Henry Holland has reflected on his struggles with imposter syndrome over the course of his fashion career.The British designer, who gained attention for his T-shirts bearing rhyming slogans such as “I’ll Tell You Who’s Boss Kate Moss” in the late 2000s…

Henry Holland has reflected on his struggles with imposter syndrome over the course of his fashion career.

The British designer, who gained attention for his T-shirts bearing rhyming slogans such as “I’ll Tell You Who’s Boss Kate Moss” in the late 2000s, stepped down from his House of Holland label earlier this year, with the company going into administration last month.

In an article for British Vogue magazine, Holland explained that while he was proud of his achievements at the brand, he often doubted his accomplishments.

“In my entire career as a fashion designer I’ve fought with an imposter complex and sheer disbelief that I have been so lucky,” he wrote. “I’ve tried at every step to approach it with gratitude and appreciation, because making creative ideas a reality is such a privilege. I don’t wish that there was anything I had known when I started out, as I think the naivety of how we approached everything is what made it work.”

Holland went on to explain that his final six months helming House of Holland were “increasingly difficult” and he knew he had to shut the business down. And while the fashion star is now unemployed during the coronavirus crisis, he is surprised at just how comfortable he is with his decision.

“I can’t help but feel a sense of relief. Relief I am no longer letting people down. Relief I am no longer pretending everything is perfect when in fact it’s not. And relief most of all that I have space and time to think about what it is I want from my working life,” the 36-year-old insisted, adding that he is currently working on several different projects.

Holland uploaded a link to the article on his Instagram page, with the post soon attracting supportive comments from his celebrity friends.

“I hope the imposter syndrome disappears now you have a chance to get perspective on the massive achievement House of Holland was! (Very) excited for what happens next,” wrote DJ Annie Mac, while actress Caitriona Balfe shared: “Oh Henry … you’re a legend. I’m going to wear my fav HOH dress tomorrow in your honour. Your influence will continue and I can’t wait to see what you do next.”

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Henry Holland’s fashion label goes into administration

Henry Holland’s fashion label House of Holland has gone into administration. The British designer, who gained attention for his T-shirts bearing rhyming slogans such as “I’ll Tell You Who’s Boss Kate Moss”, had been searching for investors for his fas…

Henry Holland’s fashion label House of Holland has gone into administration.

The British designer, who gained attention for his T-shirts bearing rhyming slogans such as “I’ll Tell You Who’s Boss Kate Moss”, had been searching for investors for his fashion label, which he founded in 2008, after battling “difficult trading pressures”. He has now called in the administrators.

“House of Holland rose to prominence as a forward-thinking British label, with its signature slogan T-shirts and collaborations with a number of high street brands,” said Will Wright, a partner at KPMG and the joint administrator, in a statement, according to The Guardian. “However, with apparel experiencing the same difficult trading pressures as others across the U.K. retail market, the company needed to raise additional investment in order for it to continue.”

The administrators plan to continue the business via the House of Holland website while they find new investors to protect the future of the brand.

The news comes shortly after Holland announced he was stepping down from his own label at the end of February.

“After the most incredible ride, my journey at the helm of House of Holland has come to an end,” the 36-year-old said in a statement. “No one could have predicted the success that we would achieve and the fun we would have. I want to thank everyone who has supported me to this point, most importantly my team who have worked tirelessly throughout. I will forever be indebted to them and the industry for embracing House of Holland and everything we stand for.”

Holland added that while he was sad to be closing that chapter of his life, he was excited to pursue a career as an independent brand consultant.

House of Holland began in 2008 as a PayPal link on Holland’s Myspace page when he was still the fashion editor of teen magazines. His range of slogan T-shirts were popularised by his childhood friend, model Agyness Deyn, and promoted by his famous pals such as Alexa Chung and Daisy Lowe. He also had a long-running collaboration with U.K. department store Debenhams, which is believed to have come to end last year just before it went into administration itself.

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Lizzo struggles to accept her natural hair: ‘I’m working on it’

Lizzo is struggling to accept her natural hair but eventually wants to ditch wigs and weaves.The Juice hitmaker, real name Melissa Viviane Jefferson, is an exuberant and confident character during her gigs and appearances on the red carpet. However, L…

Lizzo is struggling to accept her natural hair but eventually wants to ditch wigs and weaves.

The Juice hitmaker, real name Melissa Viviane Jefferson, is an exuberant and confident character during her gigs and appearances on the red carpet.

However, Lizzo explained during a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she is on a “journey” to self-love and wants to fully embrace her own tresses.

“The final frontier for me is the wigs and the weaves – my natural hair, my natural state truly,” she candidly shared. “I’m working on it. It’s a struggle. We’re not there yet. There’s no top of the mountain for self-love. It’s a journey that continues forever, so I think it’s a part of it. You gotta love that part. That’s the juiciest part of you though.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Lizzo explained that she is open to stripping away costumes and cosmetics too, as she is adamant everyone should be able to embrace their nude bodies.

“Loving who you are should start in the buff. You should essentially, by the end of your self-love journey, be completely in love with who you are with no make-up, no extra hair, no styling, no corsetry. That’s my opinion for my life – I don’t think anybody should have to subscribe to that,” the 31-year-old mused. “But I feel like if I can love that person, then anything else is possible within the spectrum of self-love. My skin, my face, no make-up – that’s fine.”

And the singer, who wore a House of Holland wood-grain inspired outfit – complete with matching nails – to the BET Awards back in June, revealed she loves turning “jokes” into offbeat ensembles.

“I really love my team, my creative team: hair, make-up, styling. We get to just really play around. We love exploring with colour, shapes, motifs, big ideas, and jokes. Turning jokes into a red carpet look is what we do best. My personality, you can see it. I don’t even have to say nothing. I walk into a room and you know what’s up,” Lizzo smiled.

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Henry Holland doesn’t let mistakes hold him back

Henry Holland has built his career in fashion on the notion that ignorance is bliss.The designer is one of Britain’s most popular exports, with his fun and quirky take on clothes garnering him an A-list fanbase, including Alexa Chung, Rita Ora, and Cha…

Henry Holland has built his career in fashion on the notion that ignorance is bliss.

The designer is one of Britain’s most popular exports, with his fun and quirky take on clothes garnering him an A-list fanbase, including Alexa Chung, Rita Ora, and Charli XCX.

He’s also ventured out into the beauty and home furnishings world, but Henry didn’t study his craft, and has had to find his way in fashion through making mistakes.

“I’ve never approached my entry into the industry in a conventional way,” he told Cover Media. “I didn’t study fashion, it’s been a trial and error process of like let’s give it a go this way, and if that f**ks up let’s do it a different way, and don’t make that mistake again.

“And so in a way it’s ignorance is bliss, you go into something completely blind and you do it the way you think is the right way without having this preconceived notion about the way it should be done. And that’s an important part of our approach.

“(It makes it easier to move on from mistakes), you just do it really quick. If something goes wrong you just don’t dwell on it, don’t labour on it. Don’t keep doing it. The minute you realise, just change tact.”

Through his label House of Holland, Henry has been able to get involved with numerous charitable projects, including teaming with chocolate company Cadbury on T-shirts raising money for The Prince’s Trust, and water filter company BRITA to draw attention to plastic waste.

“Anything I can do to help I’m more than happy to do so,” he stated. “It’s very hard to pick and choose the projects you say yes and no to because obviously there are so many amazing causes, so I try to do as much as I can for the things that I believe in.”

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