Leighton learned to appreciate antiques at a very early age. At the hand of his mother, a lifelong antiques lover, he became fascinated by the idea of finding treasures of the past at the local antique shops, estate sales and, on a few special occasions, abandoned old houses and farms in the Texas countryside.
Years later he decided to study business management and culinary arts, and then relocated from Houston to Los Angeles. In 2003 he accepted a position at the Design Center for Richmond American Homes, in Encino, CA. where he learned a great deal about home and interior design.
This experience combined with his passion and appreciation for antiques led him to go out on his own and become an antiques dealer. His business philosophy would be quite simple, “never buy and sell an antique I wouldn’t put in my own house.”
After moving to Anacortes, WA, Leighton opened his first shop inside a quaint antiques showroom in town. Two more moves would follow, which allowed him to open his own shops and manage the sales desks at the Montgomery Antique Galleries, in Montgomery, AL, and since 2009, the Memorial Antiques and Interiors (MAI) showrooms in Houston, TX.
In 2010 Leighton expanded his business and began traveling to Europe to find and import antiques and accessories from France, Belgium, Spain and others. He’s become particularly familiar with the French countryside while studying under French antiquarian Jean-Francois Vitrollis, a veteran “brocanteur” and experienced antiques exporter. Today Leighton travels the US and Europe in search of unique and interesting antiques.
Continued business success recently led him to partner with two other dealers – 2 Lucy’s Antiques and Designs by Grace – to create “Back Row Antiques,” a new 9,000 sq. ft. showroom on the north side of the Katy Freeway.