Life after Football: John Halls
The FPA ask former ‘Royals’ about their lives after their playing days are over. In this first in a series, we seek out former Reading, Stoke City and Arsenal full-back John Halls about his career in football and his business enterprises outside of the game.
Halls new blog helping to set fashion trends
ONE day, perhaps, you could be in a swanky clothes store, looking to spend far more than you can really afford, and rifling through collections of Calvin Klein, Jeff Banks, Armani, Burberry ... and John Halls.
That's his ambition, anyway, and no Reading fan remembering his affable nature and silky skills as a footballer would deny him that dream.
In 2012 Halls set himself up as a fashion blogger at www.littlefashionbook.co.uk which, he hopes, will be a forerunner to eventually launching his own clothing label.
Halls began his career with Arsenal making three appearances in the League Cup for the "Gunners" before spending time out on loan at Colchester United, Belgian club Beveren and Stoke City. He joined Stoke on a permanent basis in December 2003 and became a regular in the side.
After spending three seasons and making over 70 appearances for Stoke City, he joined Reading in a £250,000 deal in January 2006.
During his three seasons at the Madjeski Stadium Halls won a Championship winning medal and promotion to the Premier League in the club’s successful 2005/06 season. However, he managed just eight appearances and spent time on loan at Preston North End, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United.
In 2008 he moved onto Brentford on a free transfer before playing for Aldershot and finally finishing his career at Wycombe Wanders in 2012.
Facing up to retirement from professional football, he explained: "I've always loved my fashion. But I used to get annoyed when I went on-line because whenever I typed in anything it always came up with women's stuff."
After deciding that cross-dressing wasn't quite for him, Halls set about launching his own blog and, almost immediately received 500 daily visitors.
"I wanted to read some tips and get some inspiration, so when I couldn't find it out there I thought, 'Why not do it myself?'
"I would love to get my own clothing line one day, probably by the end of next year if I can, but I thought it best to do the blog first and build up a following before taking it from there.
"I'm thinking classic trousers and jackets, plus casual wear, stuff like that.
"It's something I'm really passionate about and it stops me from thinking about the fact I'm not training or playing anymore."
He continues,’ All the items you see in my personal pictures will be no more expensive than £80 and average around the £40 mark, showing it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to dress well…
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To check out John’s range of clothing and to gain inspiration, see his website at www.littlefashionbook.co.uk
02 September 2013