Riddle me this… James Pryce
Up close and personal with the hairstyling guru from Kensal Green
If you knew then what you know now… would you still do it?
Hindsight. What a bitch!!! There’s plenty of thing’s I’d do differently. I think I’d spend a lot less time worrying about what other people think of me. As I’ve got older I’ve got a lot better at this.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
When I was training to become a hairdresser. I was really eager to get qualified. A mentor at the time and now a very good friend of mine advised me not to worry about how long it can take. He reminded me that I was probably going to be cutting hair for the next fifty years. So get the best training possible, no matter how long it takes.
What was your biggest break?
My biggest break has to be when I was asked to style Kate Middleton’s hair for her wedding day. It was such an honour and also a very surreal experience. I’ll never forget sitting nervously in Westminster Abbey. I was surrounded by the Royal family and celebrities all waiting for Kate to arrive. I heard a collective intake of breath and looked up to see her silhouetted at the Abbey doors. She looked stunning and I felt a wave of emotion flood through me. I’m not embarrassed to say that I shed a little tear thinking of family watching at home, they were all so proud of me.
What’s the weirdest rumour you’ve ever heard about yourself?
As you can imagine after the Royal Wedding I was on the receiving end of a lot of publicity which was very weird. I’ve learnt that if the press don’t know all the details then they just fill in the blanks themselves. Just small details like where I live and apparently I have a love of motorbikes. I do ride a Vespa to work but I hardly think this counts as an obsession.
Do you consider yourself lucky?
Some of my friends say that I’m lucky. But I believe you make your own luck. As the saying goes. ‘You have to be in it to win it’.
What’s most important in your life?
My wife and daughter are the most important things in my life. Being a parent is incredible. I love watching my two year old daughter Poppy evolving in her own little quirky way.
What brands do you admire?
I know it’s a little unoriginal for me to say, but what Apple have done with phones is simply amazing. I’m writing this on my phone and have just booked some flights all whilst listening to my favorite tunes. They are so well engineered and brilliantly ergonomic to use. From a fashion point of view I think it’s great that brands like Urban Outfitters offer good quality and on point fashion at affordable prices. Admittedly their product is aimed at under 30’s, but I buy shorts and t-shirts from there and wear them for a summer. I believe they call it ‘throw away fashion’.
Do you have a guilty pleasure – if so what is it?
I have to say that even though I’m soon to be forty. Every once in a while I still like to go out with my friends and party the night away whether it’s at a festival or a small party in a bar. I’m just not quite ready to hang up my raving shoes.
Describe your personal sense of style.
Fashion is just an endless cycle of decades. As you’re probably aware the 90s are back in. If asked if I’d wear any of the clothes from that era I finally get to say, in a slightly smug way, ‘No chance, I was there the first time round’. I like to follow fashion to a certain extent. I’m no spring chicken so I’ve probably become a little more classic in my appearance. I guess my go too uniform would be a pair of slim (not too skinny) jeans, Converse and a button down shirt. For this look I usually go to Oliver Spencer.
James can be found plying his trade at Larry King, 34- 36 Harrington Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 3ND