I’m the chap responsible for running Holland’s
And for my sins I have been chosen to write a few
lines for our “about us” page.
I must admit I felt rather uncomfortable reading
some of the gushing "about us" pages I
looked at before starting this task.
Fairly soon I realised I wouldn’t feel comfortable
telling you how “fantastic” we are,
how much we “love the country side”
(presumably even after it’s rained for ten
days solid), and generally how “incredibly
passionate” we are about online retailing.
I can only imagine you feel pretty uncomfortable
reading that sort of stuff too.
So instead, I decided to tell a simple story, stick
to the facts , and leave out the hype.
And so, to begin at the beginning…
Our business was started by my father Malcolm Holland,
a fourth generation farmer at Disley Hall Farm somewhere
around 1978, when he decided he might be able to
supplement the income from selling hay at Chelford
Agricultural centre by selling a few pairs of wellingtons.
Overalls and wax coats followed, things went from
strength to strength via a few detours (notably
the purchase of a job lot of army surplus shirts
– which turned out to be skirts – always
take your reading glasses to an auction!).
Until eventually the farm clothing sales eclipsed
the income from the actual farming.
Which is where I join the story, bringing lots of
new ideas (not always fully appreciated) and lots
of hard work (not always fully acknowledged).
One of the better new ideas came later around the
time of the first foot and Mouth outbreak, when
all the Agricultural Marts were closed.
I started to think wouldn’t it be great to
have an online shop.
And so Hollandscountryclothing.co.uk was born.
Now every year the business gets bigger and bigger.
But we remain a family run business and intend to
If I had to sum Holland’s Country Clothing
up in just a few words, I’d say, we like to
do a good job, which keeps you, our customers happy,
which, of course, in turn keeps us happy.
How do we do that?
I like to think we do it by keeping things simple,
with a straightforward, not too fancy website, selling
straightforward, not too fancy brands.
We offer value for money products and good service.
And that’s about it.
Thank you for bearing with me.
Have a good time shopping with us!
My very best regards
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