JOHN MANGILA

This stylist and florist vis­ited NSW’S Hunter Val­ley for Ar­mando Per cuoco’ s home story on page 42.

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The NSW Hunter Val­ley re­gion holds a spe­cial place in Syd­ney-based stylist, vis­ual mer­chan­diser and florist John’s heart. Born in the Philip­pines, he and his fam­ily mi­grated to Aus­tralia in 1989 and would, “hol­i­day an­nu­ally in the Hunter Val­ley and stay at the same vine­yard,” he says. “I re­mem­ber the ex­cite­ment the first time I saw a group of kan­ga­roos hop­ping among the grape vines!” Jour­ney­ing back to the re­gion and watch­ing chef Ar­mando Per­cuoco cook up a feast at his La­guna prop­erty was a joy­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for John, as was be­ing sur­rounded by the nat­u­ral beauty of the area. “It’s al­ways a joy to see flow­ers and fo­liage that I nor­mally see in florists grow­ing in the wild,” he says.

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