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Posted November 8th by Design Splat in Clothing Designer, Fashion, Fashion Brand, Fashion Designers, Fashion Label

Todays Design Splat feature is Nathan Palmer from Cardiff with his collection Nathan Palmer Clothing. His collection is smart and casual, targeting the early twenties to mid thirties. The collection is fresh and affordable for the fashion concious men out there!

– Interview

Hello Nathan Palmer and Welcome to Design Splat!

Where did the idea for your come from?

The idea for the clothing brand has also been an under lying goal. I think design has always been apart of me somehow so to speak it’s what I wanted to do. Before I found that was actually creating decent designs in fashion, I was interested in different types of design such as interior designing, which lead to graphic design, which was appealing to me as I found my designing feet. Then it was brought to my attention why don’t I do what I have been doing along which was fashion design and now I am finally at a position to pursue it full time.

What type of clothing?

The clothes which I design in my collection are smart casual are suitable for all gents and work for all occassions. The style of my menswear collection is a twisted urban look fitting a happy medium of the highest quality fabrics and focusing on attention to detail at an affordable price.

Who is your target audience?

My target audience for the ‘Nathan Palmer clothing’ brand is between the ages of early twenties to mid thirties. With the emphise that I put on the quality of the garments the clothes which I design for instance which are in my Autumn Winter 2010 collection are appealing to the mature gent also because of the hand feel of the garments are awesome. With the designing and the quirky elements on the garments guys in there late teens are also keen fans of the clothing brand.

Do you have your clothes in any stores yet?

Yes the clothes are doing really well, so far the garments are in eight shops and we are in talks at the moment with a few other shops including an outlet in Cardiff.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In five years time from now we have a few plans which we have to get through first, but our goal is to open the first Cardiff ‘Nathan Palmer’ store and then from there…… who knows how quickly it may take to open a further five stores in other big cities around the UK. 2014 is when I will look to take the brand on an international stage because it will be amazing knowing that people in Spain, Italy, Germany etc will be buying from their local boutiques there!!!!!

Anything big planned for your collection of clothes? Anything else being added?

Each season in my collection we are always looking extend the garments organically. I want to make this brand which can last the sands of time so to speak. I want to be able to leave this clothing brand to my children and possibliy there children. It would be funny because I can imagine that they wouldn’t want to do this but its fun will be like ‘Run’s house’ on MTV lol just the Welsh style can imagine my accent. Back to the question…… I have been working on creating a male fragance for the brand which is exciting with possile views to do a his and her’s but putting this product on sale is a long time away but this another incentive which show’s to me that the clothing side of this industry is just the begining.

How do you rate yourself as a fashion designer?

How do I see myself as a designer, mmmmh that’s really a good question but not difficult to answer because my answer would be…. Ask my facebook friends and people who have brought from me, because I can’t blow my own trumpet even tho I think that I am a good designer, my clothes can speak for themselves. My goal as a fashion designer is to design clothes which people get excited and makes them feel good whilst wearing them.

In your eyes what makes a good fashion designer?

Designing fashion is a complex game, being a good designer means being able to take your vison from paper and creating collections that hit your target market correctly, and that they are able to understand the concept behind your collection.

Do you think the Fashion industry is difficult to break into?

The fashion industry is probably one the most exciting career to be in but it is extermely difficult to say anything else like it is easy taht would be dis-honest!! Its be in the right place at the right and being able to sell your product. Because the bottom line is is that it is a business. I believe in the garments I design I am just happy to give everybody the opportunity to see what I envisage.

What do you think it takes to become successful in the design industry?

I don’t think there is any real secrets to being sucessful in the fashion industry, I know a fact that you have to be thick skinned, you should never give up it does and can happen, be willing to work very hard because it is a must, put your time and effort in, appreciate the support you get from your loved ones, treat yourself for the effort you make, know when to take a break and spend time with your close people just relaxing and not thinking of designs in my case. The one think I have notice being a fashion designer is that there isn’t eight days in a week and night time comes around for a reason.

What to you is the most important aspect of creating a garment, the planning, design or implementation and why?

To me creating the garment, planning and implementating the garment can be just as equaily important. The most important part for me is the vision and story that is created behind my collection.  The developing process has to have a lot of attention to each detail, as this is at the point in the process were if the vision is not conversed and stated clearly mistakes can happen. This is how the direction of the collection is concreted.

What drives you/give you the ‘go’ to keep at it and do everything?

The drive to keep me going is the seeing the finished article, because all visions start on paper and then its conversing your idea with your production manager to create the finished article is over whelming when completed. This is where it is most exciting and does keep you motivated after all the time and effort you put in are in front of you after a salemen sample is completed. Then its getting ready to accure more inspiring vision and design to get prepare for the next season’s that are forth coming.

Does fame attract you?

To be honest I have not been attracted to the glamourous aspects that can come with fashion, I am far to busy so haven’t really got time to out my head in the clouds. I just love designing, making clothes and seeing people wearing them, it amuses me because when I see people wearing my collection. They don’t even know it is me which has designed that piece, which makes me proud!

Where does your inspiration come from for your designs?

I have been designing clothes for a long time now, designing orginally started as a hobby. I have constantly drawn idea’s onto paper just for future opportunities, I draw styles of shirt collar, label, shapes of pockets anything because there can be any point or stage where I may need what may set a particular design off these different concept I can then take forward and use in a collection and base the collection around this so then the whole collection marries this is how a story is created. So a lot of my inspiration comes from past work which I have been working on previously.

Where can we buy your clothes?

You can buy the clothes directly through me on facebook, I use paypal as its secure and safe. I am at the moment having talks with a store in Cardiff which can be a possible outlet for friends in Cardiff.

Three words to describe yourself?

Inquisitive. Determined. Fresh.

Hobbies and other interests?

Hobbies, having fun with my fam’, watching movies at the cinema (we have a cinema card lol), making short movies – you can see my efforts on, playing my saxophone, and my next interest is getting on holiday! Paris is next!

Favourite Fashion Designer?

I would like to sit down and have a chat with Ozwald Boateng.

Tools of the trade?

A sharp pencil and a good rubber!

Any Tips or advice to share with aspiring designers?

To create a collection which is the high quality, when I say high quality this doesn’t have to be a massive collection. Create your collection but then chose your very best strongest pieces and then have these pieces which you are will toshow and sell. This is the best way to make a solid impact. Also if you are using a manufacturer make sure you create a good business relationship and have all the legal aspects in place which conducting your business with them a good working relationship with your production manager is imperitive but if you are making the garments yourself you will not have to worry about this just remember to take a break and don’t put to much pressure on yourself!


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