(PJS)
Hey Harry, it’s been awesome connecting with you recently. For those who don’t yet know you, please tell us what it is you do?

(HH)
Hey mate! It’s been great connecting with you too. Thanks so much for getting me on here and congratulations on the brand. I love what you are doing and I can’t wait to see Porter James Sports continue to grow this year!

So, I create fashion content on Instagram and YouTube. I started off posting the outfits I’m wearing on Instagram about 5 or 6 years ago and then moved over to YouTube about 3 years ago.

(PJS)
It’s really incredible to see the following you have now and it makes complete sense when watching your content. I think you have a really genuine and authentic way of communicating which separates you from a lot of others.

Was there a moment where your following really took off or has it been consistent over the years? What do you attribute your growth to?

(HH)
Thank you very much and that’s great to hear. I think things have been relatively consistent over the years, although a few videos have done really well and helped boost the channel. The first year or 2 were really slow and the channel didn’t grow much but recently the channel has been growing pretty fast. It’s awesome to see and I love that people are finding the videos entertaining and useful. I feel so lucky to now be able to do it as my job and I just hope I can keep doing it for years to come.

Harry Has Porter James Sports

(PJS)
I know a lot of people who would love to do what you do but likely live in fear that they’ll fail or be criticised for putting themselves out there. Was this something you had to overcome? What advice would you give to these people?

(HH)
This might be a bit of a long winded answer but there is so much to say, but yes, this was something I had to overcome for sure.

When I first started posting pictures of myself on Instagram I was definitely worried about what my friends would say. I never showed my face and I hoped none of my friends would find it. The more I did it, the more comfortable I got with it and now I am more than happy to show anyone my Instagram feed. A lot of friends laughed at first but they are all supportive now. It was the same with YouTube. I was terrified when talking to camera and how I would come across and you can see that in my earlier videos. Talking on camera is not something that came naturally to me and I still get nervous every time I film. I’m still not great at talking to camera and I rely heavily on a script because I make so many mistakes but I think I’m getting better with every video.

My advice to others wanting to do something similar would be to pick something you absolutely love to talk about and just start posting about it. Consistency is the most important thing so it helps if you are talking about something you love. If you don’t love what you are doing, you aren’t likely to keep it up. Also, don’t expect much when you first start out. It took about a year or two of posting videos every week before any of my videos did well. A lot of people give up too soon or post too inconsistently so you need to give it time. If I wasn’t earning any money talking about fashion online, I would still be doing it anyway so you need to find something you feel that way about.

It sounds really cliché, but if you are worried about failing and never start, then you already failed. If you enjoy what you are doing and it makes you happy then I consider that to be a success in itself. The rest is just the cherry on top. But yeah, if you keep popping up in peoples feeds, you will get noticed eventually and the more you practice the better you get at it. Don’t stop doing what you love and don’t let anyone else stop you either.

I could go on forever about this kinda thing so I think I will stop myself there.

(PJS)
What recommendations would you give to people who are still trying to develop their own style and better understand how they can dress?

(HH)
I think the best advice I can give someone is to keep things simple. You don’t need to overcomplicate things and simplicity done well can speak volumes. If you don’t know where to even start then try following trends. I don’t recommend following trends in the long run and I try to not follow them myself, but if you haven’t found your style yet then following trends can be a great introduction to fashion. Keep wearing the things you enjoy wearing from those trends and ditch the things that don’t work for you. As long as you feel comfortable and confident in what you are wearing then you are doing what works for you. You also don’t have to stick to one style for the rest of your life either. Your style will evolve with you as you get into new things and as you get older so it’s an ongoing process for all of us.

(PJS)
Let’s get a little more personal now, what’s Harry Has’ current uniform (assuming it’s about to go into summer where you are)

(HH)
Summer has just started here in the UK and I’ll probably be wearing a lot of boxy t-shirts, sports shorts and high top Converse Chuck Taylor 70’s.

(PJS)
3 pairs of shoes for the rest of your life, what are they? (exclude running / training shoes etc).

(HH)
This is a really tough one and I think I’m going to go to practical route with this one rather than my current top 3 shoes. Firstly, a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor 70 high tops would have to be in my rotation. I wear them pretty much everyday, they have me covered for most occasions and they are my favourite sneakers right now. Secondly, I would go for a pair of Paraboot Malo boat shoes. I don’t own a pair but I feel you can wear them with most things and I think I would appreciate that decision as an old man. Lastly, I think I would go for a pair of Oxford shoes for smart events. I never really go to smart events but it’s always a good idea to have a pair in the wardrobe for when I need them. Brunello Cucinelli do a nice pair so I would maybe go for them.

(PJS)
What are your main sources of inspiration as of late?

(HH)
Instagram is probably the main source I go to for inspiration but I also use websites like END, LN-CC and Mr Porter. I just browse them and see what catches my eye.


(PJS)
Lastly, this is a question we ask everyone but I feel you genuinely embody its essence. What does a life well-designed look like to you?

(HH)
I live a fairly simple life and do the same things most days. I am someone who loves and needs a routine. Fitness is one of the most important things to me. I lift weights 4 times a week and do some form of cardio at least 2 days a week. I wouldn’t like a life without it and it plays a huge role in everything else I do.

I also love being able to work for myself doing something creative where there’s no limit on what I can do next. I can choose to start something new at any time and this keeps things exciting.

Also, Being close to friends and family is huge. I recently moved back to the West Midlands in the UK (where I’m from) to be closer to friends and family and I’m so glad I made that decision.

Lastly, I love to visit new places and exploring when I get the chance, but as long as myself and my loved ones are happy, then that sounds good to me.

In conversation with Harry Has