Even though Chantal Travers is one of our Expatpreneur eAward 2020 winners, this is hardly the first time her artisan store Emperor’s Attic has been honoured.
“We are consistent winners of ExpatLiving Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Antique Shop and Singapore Tatler’s Best of Singapore for Best Antique Shop,” shares the savvy businesswoman.
“Originally called FairPrice Antique, it has always had a reputation for bringing in the best quality at the lowest prices possible,” explains Chantal, who purchased the store in 2016 from an expatriate who was relocating back home to Germany.“But that’s not the same as bringing in cheap mass-produced or factory-made furniture,” she clarifies, then continues: “When my husband and I had lived in Beijing between 2008 and2012, we had always said we’d love to source and sell Chinese antiques and furniture. So, essentially the stars had aligned. The timing was amazing.
Chantal has brought her passion for antiques plus nearly two decades of marketing experience to taking Emperor’s Attic to the next level. Nowadays, the store, which is located at the Tan Boon Liat Building, is a treasure trove of jewel-toned case good. From brilliant blue sideboards to rich red cabinets, each of the pieces is personally selected by Chantal, who makes yearly trips to Northern China to work with the artisans there, who still use traditional hand-carpentry and lacquering techniques.“These craftsmen spend days, and sometimes even weeks, creating or restoring just a single piece,” she says.
Even better? The woods found inNorthern China are subject to all weather, and as such survive and thrive in any climate. “When our customers move away these pieces go with them without issue,” Chantal explains, who notes that each piece is independently authenticated to be sure of its age, origin and materials.“You will not find this quality at these prices anywhere else in Singapore.”So, if you’re looking for a statement-making cabinet, makeEmperor’s Attic your first stop. While there, shop for accessories from stunning ceramics to silk tassels and hand-poured candles, too.
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