Last night I was back in London (surprise, surprise!) to hear from fearless fashion designer Henry Holland about his collaboration with luxury stationery brand Papier. As a long-time admirer of Henry’s designs, I was so excited to hear more about his artistic process and his latest project! From speaking to others, I get the vibe that an essential part of being a blogger is having an undying love for stationery, despite the fact our work is digital. Well, that certainly applies to me, so you can imagine that this collaboration was exactly my style!
Late yesterday afternoon I hopped on a train at Birmingham New Street Station and headed to Euston. A little over an hour later, I’d arrived in London’s city centre and made my way to the event. Just twenty minutes’ walk from the station, the venue was located on the sixth floor of Mortimer House, on Goodge Street. Despite my love for London, I hadn’t checked out this area before, so it was great to discover new coffee shops and lifestyle stores that I’ll be back to see in the future!
Mortimer House itself is an Art Deco build in the heart of Fitzrovia, which blends office spaces, event spaces, meeting rooms and a gorgeous Mediterranean restaurant in one. Oh, it looks pretty great too.
Squeezing into the millennial pink-coated Pinterest-worthy lift, I had no idea what to expect aside from beautiful surroundings.
The Papier x House of Holland event took place in the Gallery & Loft Penthouse of Mortimer House, complete with a marble and copper-infused bubbly bar and stunning views of London’s skyline.
When Henry arrived we made our way into the discussion space, where we found Papier x House of Holland goodiebags including a notebook, information about the collaboration, and a £15 voucher for Papier. This is what we’d paid to attend, so it was really lovely to get it back in vouchers to spend on the collection.
Papier was founded in 2015 by Taymoor Atighetchi, who hosted the interview which discussed everything from the creative process to the creative collaboration and an on-brand word association game.
Henry absolutely lit up the room – his charisma (uniqueness, nerve and talent for all the Drag Race fans out there) is captivating, and he also has some absolutely incredible stories to tell. With a brand known for its playful humour and its print-focused take on the fashion industry, you can imagine that the man himself is as vibrant and magnetic as his work.
You can’t come from Ramsbottom and not have a sense of humour.
I’m absolutely fascinated by the way in which the use of personal style can be employed as a creative form of self-expression, whilst collectively conveying a county or culture. I spoke to Henry about where in the world he believed to have the most exciting fashion industry, and he explained that the melting pot of London’s society brings a diversity of styles to create an incredible blend of artistic expression, which he finds absolutely wonderful.
I will always admire Henry Holland’s work for its ability to be unapologetically Henry Holland, which is pretty damn cool.
Thank you to Papier and to House of Holland for such a lovely evening, and to Mortimer House for the opportunity to hang out in such a stunning venue!
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