Alex was introduced to the business by his parents in 2003. He began selling old lots of costume jewellery through online auction sites, and soon became familiar with the fast-paced nature of online retail and the importance of good customer service; he kept this job throughout high school, familiarising himself with smaller pieces of Antique Jewellery, charms and other curiosities, the world of online sales, and all that came with it.
Fast forward 10 years… After graduating from Warwick University, where he majored in Philosophy and minored in Business Management, he went full force with what would later become Butter Lane Antiques. After meeting Monty, Alex’s right hand man, they began building the brand. The rest is history. With a long list of international clients, they ship out hundreds of pieces of Jewellery from their Manchester offices each month. Day-to-day, Alex is very active in all aspects of the business and is solely responsible for the buying.
Alex currently lives with his 7 year old pug Sidney in Manchester, UK.
Not many people know that Monty is also called Alex, but to save confusion all round he took a new name (inspired by Monty Don from BBC Gardeners’ World, of course). Monty read Music Composition at Edinburgh University, before moving to Manchester where he met Alex and fell into Antique Jewellery.
Now responsible for making the jewels look pretty online, researching their histories, and the general running of the office. In his spare time Monty enjoys astrophotography and free improvisation, occasionally performing spaced-out future-music to small audiences around the UK.