Our fabulous Liverpool mums know the only place to head to the month before the Grand National is Katie Mangan Millinery as of course we have had our outfits ready for months and now just need the final bespoke touch (after all it could be the difference between heading home with the style winner’s Range Rover Evoque or walking barefoot trying to flag a cab!) and this week I got the chance to meet with Katie herself.
We met at her home-studio which she had created from a spare room to a hive of activity with masses of materials, samples of ready to wear styles and bespoke pieces ready to be personally boxed up, and an incredible photo wall displaying her work over the past few years sent from grateful customers (I spotted a few famous faces including Coleen Rooney and Olympic gold medal winner Sam Quek).
Katie Mangan Home Studio
Samantha Quek in a Katie Mangan Millinery special
Katie Mangan Photo Wall
We got to chat about her creative ambition, famous butterfly collections, growing list of celebrity clients, the madness of the race season and collaboration with designers such as Kirsty Doyle Bridal Wear and Francesca Couture, and her gorgeous boys (aged 8 and 4 years old).
It’s obvious that Katie was meant to become a creative entrepreneur, starting out early with making bracelets and necklaces and selling these at the school fair (netting a substantial profit for a 9 year old)
Katie Mangan budding entrepreneur
And it was working in Karen Millen in Bold Street that she discovered that us Liverpool ladies didn’t just want the outfit, bag and shoes – we wanted to finish it off with amazing headpieces too! Working with Virgin Airlines meant that she got the chance to travel to countries like India and Hong Kong where she became inspired about design, colour and texture of materials and when settling back down in Liverpool she took the plunge and began the journey of Katie Mangan Millinery.
The journey has been amended on the way with welcome arrivals of her 2 gorgeous boys and family life has definitely benefited from the flexibility of running her own business.
As Katie said “Having my studio at home means that I can do the school run and have time to spend with my family” but its not just flexibility that drives Katie its her genuine response to her customers, as she puts it “I’m lucky to have real job satisfaction; the responses from my customers have been amazing”.
With a growing number of followers on social media (Instagram is the perfect platform for Katie’s creations) her collections are available ready to wear or as bespoke wear and will suit any special occasion. You can also add a few extras in your shopping cart with her special accessories too.
Selection of new Katie Mangan collection
Katie is also full of praise for her assistant, Ellie Burns, a fashion student at Liverpool John Moores who she describes as “extremely talented” and appreciation for the opportunities she’s encountered since beginning her venture, in particular her fabulous customers. She does lament though on the fact she has never won an Easter Bonnet competition at her boys school (hows that possible? it must have been a fix!)
With the race season coming up along with popular summer weddings and festivals she has launched her new collection, with its distinctive Katie Mangan look and her orders are thriving. If you’re looking for a bespoke piece in time for the National though you need to order quickly!
I came away feeling inspired by Katie’s enthusiasm to live her dream and just a little bit jealous that she makes the most amazing Easter Bonnets!
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