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Connoisseur: Wendell Holland’s Favorite Things

A modern renaissance man, West Philly resident Wendell Holland is a Penn Law grad, founder of furniture company Beve Unlimited, and the winner of last spring’s Survivor: Ghost Island.


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That’s right: West Philly resident Wendell Holland is a Penn Law grad, founder of furniture company Beve Unlimited, and the winner of last spring’s Survivor: Ghost Island. (Honestly, what can’t this man do?) Now that he’s back in town, we got the scoop on all the stuff he can’t live without.

 

Favorite Things

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 Treasured items: Urban Outfitters pocket square and a friend’s ring 1. “Another winner gave the ring to me — she wore it the night she won.”

Hobby: Playing pickup basketball at the Palumbo Rec Center in South Philly.

Recent splurge: A Rihanna shower curtain. “Yes, I found an image of Rihanna that I absolutely adore — and had it printed on a shower curtain.”

On my feet: Nike Air VaporMax sneakers 2.

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Everyday accessories: “A Tory Burch leather and gold bracelet, and a beaded one from local maker MeikoBeads. And one with the flag of Guyana 3, where my mother’s family is from.”

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Grooming essentials: Rugged Evolution Beard Oil

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At Home

On my playlist: Leon Bridges, Syd, Chance the Rapper.

Coffee shop: Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books in Germantown. “It’s a positive beacon in the area.”

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I collect: Wooden puzzles  “On the show, I had to assemble wooden pieces together to win challenges.”

Hair salon: Jackson’s Barber Shop on West Chester Pike. “I’ve gone there my entire life. The barber shop in a black community is a staple.”

Project I’m working on: Beve Unlimited in Manayunk. “We’re a custom furniture shop specializing in reclaimed wood — big, rustic-looking pieces.”

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Biggest inspiration: My parents. “My father wasn’t given much, but he had infinite determination. My mother has the biggest heart of anyone I know.”

Out and About  

Place to shop: Ardmore Farmers Market in Suburban Square.

Favorite bar: La Peg in Old City.

Guilty pleasure: Lobster roll from Luke’s Lobster in Rittenhouse.

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Trip I take every year: Jamaica. “I volunteer coaching basketball for campers in Treasure Beach with the Philadelphia Men’s Basketball League.”

Next vacation: Brazil in January. “My friend Maud Arnold, a famous tap dancer, invited me to come along.”

Recent accomplishment: Winning Ghost Island. “It was a decade-long dream of mine. My last line of my audition was, ‘If you put me on Survivor, I will win.’ And then I did. I think I could take on the world now. I really think I could do anything.”