Hidden in an unlikely location at the end of a farm track near Chichester, West Sussex, over the past 15 years Mangan Antiques have been quietly building up an impressive roster of international clients for their bespoke range of antiques and specialist designer pieces.
From window displays with dedicated sales areas at Harrods, Selfridges and Liberty’s to Paul Smith’s high profile opening of his Tokyo store, from the boutique designer salons of Manhattan and Chelsea to West End theatre designers and BBC costume dramas, all have benefitted from the specialist knowledge and unique sourcing capabilities of Mangan Antiques’ owners, Julie Mangan and Rudi Gargulio.
For many years Mangan Antiques would supply only to the trade, and this has seen their specially sourced pieces sold to dealers and designers throughout the world. However, in 2008 they opened their doors to the public for the first time, enabling those outside the profession to benefit from Mangan’s unique range of antiques and unique designer pieces.
This successful expansion has seen an unexpected sideline – wedding lists. “The bride and groom love it”, explains Julie. “They know they’ll be selecting items that nobody else has, it’s so very special to get something unique. We often find that couples will run two wedding lists, one at a department store for the things they’ll need, and one with us for the things they’ll love.”
However Rudi and Julie haven’t turned their back on their trade roots. 2010 has seen Mangan items at a medal-winning Chelsea Flower Show stand, featured in Homes & Antiques and Country Living magazines, being urgently flown by private plane from Italy to a Notting Hill shop, installed in the homes of Barbra Streisand and Harrison Ford, and in high demand from the dealers of the Kings Road, Lillee Road, throughout the UK and abroad – in fact, more than half the exhibitors at the prestigious Battersea Decorative Antiques Fair showed Mangan items on their stands!