Q&A Terry Betts Director of Fashion Selfridges


Let us introduce Terry Betts or El Tel as he was known back in the day. First had dealings with Terry when he worked for Mandarina Duck many years ago, he even treated us to a free trip to Paris once, for a catwalk show, 5 star hotel, champagne, the lot. He finished the night off by delivering 4 new Mandarina Jackets to our room, gratis. Thinking about it, my life has been on a downward spiral ever since those fantastic days, Tel on the other hand has gone from strength to strength and is now the main man and Director of Fashion at Selfridges. One thing I will say about Tel, he is a lovely fella, even though he’s West Ham.

What did you have for breakfast?

A half-eaten Pakistani mango – the best kind after my son has had a good go at it.

What’s good about your hometown?

Barking – any manor that produces Vera Lynn and Bobby Moore and my Ma has something very special in the water. And an honourable mention for U2′s The Edge…

Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would you call it?

EL TEL – From East to Up West.

Story of a runner on a Petticoat Lane market stall who via paper coats, New York, boatyards and Natalie Massanet, ends up alright. The epilogue will be my missus cracking it in LA and the last scene of the film version would end with the sun setting on me and my son eating calamari burgers at the Malibu Seafood Shack after a day’s surfing.

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

I come in peace, brother. A smile is my weapon of choice.

Tell us something that not many people know about you?

I am a qualified marksman. A straight up supersharpshooter.

You’ve got £300 to spend on one new item of menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

45 RPM Indigo Aloha shirt.

Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years?

Comme : remember getting slaughtered by Spurs fans at White Hart Lane for turning up at the game in 1994 in a Comme patchwork shirt. They were quieter on the way out after we hammered them 4-1.

Raf Simons : I was at his studio in Antwerp recently and was left alone to explore the archives. Going back through the old collections, you have to say he sees the future. Visionary doesn’t even come close to capturing what he does.

Arc’teryx Veilance : For the past few years since Stephen Mann aka thenonplace.com hooked me up, rarely a day goes by when I am not wearing something from Veilance.

If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would definitely be included on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits?

Space is the Place – Sun Ra

Inner City Blues – Marvin Gaye

Wichita Lineman – Glenn Campbell

I’m forever blowing bubbles – Dean Martin’s tribute to the Bobby Moore Stand.