- Category: Nigel Mckay
Who is Nigel?
I was born in 1957, north of London, UK. At 18 I left art school to work for a newspaper, before establishing a photographic studio. I grew a moustache to look older!
Bored and in debt from fast cars and holidays, I shut shop and travelled overland to China. I’ve been there ever since, commuting between Hong Kong and Guangzhou. I came online in 1997 when Britain lost Hong Kong, and built my first shop there on a 10-inch laptop - the only machine to fit my tiny Mong Kok room.
Later I moved to the mainland, right above huge bead wholesalers. Knowing nothing about beads, I brought whatever looked attractive and searched online before listing them on eBay. From there came MrBead.com and my other online stores. I fly to the UK regularly and extensively around the globe looking for new products and to holiday.