Fashion designer Henry Holland makes success look effortless. But not only does he work like a demon behind the scenes, the Universe is on his side thanks to regular cosmic ordering and the power of positive thinking.
DO YOU HAVE ANY RECURRING DREAMS AND WHAT DO YOU THINK THEY MEAN?
“I have a LOT of work related dreams usually about things not getting done in time or properly – like stress dreams but not really any recurring themes. I think the ones I have are just my subconscious stressing out.”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FEEL GOOD BREAKFAST AND WHAT DOES IT DO TO YOU BRAIN?
“I can’t really function without a coffee, and honey and greek yoghurt is my favourite meal – breakfast lunch or dinner.”
WHAT MANTRA DO YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE WITH IN THE MORNING?
“I usually give myself a little pep talk before I walk into my office as I find the first ten seconds of interaction with everyone sets the atmosphere up for the day. Enter with a happy, positive tone and that’s the kind of day we have. Take any shit with you or anger and everyone else will be foul for the day.”
WHAT’S YOUR LUCKY CHARM?
“My mum? Can I say that? When I need something really bad and it’s important I’ll call my mum who is a distance healer and ask her to send me some energy and powerful thoughts. I like thinking that’s she’s doing that for me while I have meetings. I’m sure it helps me come across better, whatever I’m talking about.”
IN WHAT WAYS DO YOU MOST EMBODY THE TRAITS OF YOUR SIGN?
“Duality – as a Gemini I definitely feel I have two distinct sides. And I can always see any situation from both angles, which makes me terrible at arguing as I can always see where the other person is coming from. I also love change almost as much as other Gemini.”
WHO IS YOUR GO-TO GURU, AND WHO INTRODUCED YOU?
“My mother and we were introduced by fate!”
AND THE HEALER YOU HAVE ON SPEED-DIAL?
“Again, I use my mums address book for this but I sometimes see a man called James (a.k.a. White Eagle).”
IN WHAT WAYS DO YOUR MYSTICAL BELIEFS INFORM YOUR WORK?
“In that I always try to be positive and believe that things I want to happen will happen.”
AND HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH NEGATIVE THOUGHTS?
“I ignore them, hide from them and every now and again get totally overrun by them and have a blip. It never really last that long and I can usually pull myself out of it pretty quickly. I find always moving, changing things up a bit and keeping the pace going helps me brush them off much more easily.”
RETAIL THERAPY IS…?
“The only therapy I can associate with. I got a real therapist once and after two sessions he told me to save my money and stop coming back!”
WHAT’S YOUR POWER OUTFIT?
“This changes for me all the time as my wardrobe is in constant flux, but its usually focused around a great shoe. The shoes I’m wearing ground me and make me stand tall. It’s also pretty much the only part of your outfit you can see properly and enjoy without a mirror too.”
YOUR LAST CONVERSATION WITH THE UNIVERSE WENT SOMETHING LIKE…?
“It was probably me doing a bit of cosmic ordering for my next project or sales targets for the next season. My mum introduced my friends and I to cosmic ordering and we all do it now and swear by it. It’s really just about believing that the universe will provide what you ask of it, then acknowledging when it happens and being thankful. Not rocket science but it works for me.”
WHAT’S THE LAST THING YOU COSMIC ORDERED? AND THE BEST THING?
“The last thing was a successful selling season for my latest collection, and the best thing was probably my husband to be.”
WHEN DID YOU LAST WITNESS MAGIC IN ACTION?
“Today, I was thinking about launching in New York and if it’s going to be the right thing for me – etc, etc. And in one car journey I saw so many signs it was creepy. I kept seeing my name “Henry” or “Holland” wherever I looked.”
YOUR MISSION IN YOUR CURRENT EARTHLING INCARNATION IS…?
“To become the next Michael Kors. What a legend!”
Additional images from the House of Holland Resort 2014 look book. www.houseofholland.co.uk