This is Henley, except it isn't.
When we set about rethinking Henley, we didn't want to undo everything we'd already achieved. It wasn't that we felt it didn't have a place anymore, quite the reverse. We just knew it could do more, so we wanted to build on what was already there because the foundations were infinitely strong.
Henley had a big fan base. People loved it for its juxtaposition of a classic material, oak, but with a contemporary outlook, and its way of feeling organic, homely and a little regal all at the same time. All of that's still true in the new Henley. You can still create that same aesthetic, but we've opened its eyes to a whole world of other possibilities so it can be everything it can be.
Back in July 2016, the Henley caused a bit of a stir at our press event (an annual event where we unveil our autumn/winter collection to the industry's key journalists, bloggers and influencers). At this point, we'd been working on the redesign of Henley for some time. This incarnation was a more radical concept of what we'd been thinking, but we wanted to test the waters and to let it make some serious noise. Our Retail Design Team industrialised it (see the article we did earlier this year), setting it against a concrete-skimmed wall with exposed copper pipes and a sultry matte black worktop and sink. It helped people to see Henley in a whole new light and it told us to follow our instinct, to be courageous.