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Nathans Bou­tique has got Bund­aberg’s cus­tom wear all sewn up

Bundaberg Style - - WELCOME - AN­GELA NOR­VAL

Nathans Bou­tique show­cases pas­sion for cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful orig­i­nal pieces.

THERE IS some­thing about walk­ing into a bou­tique and know­ing that the owner not only has the knowl­edge of the lat­est styles, but even sewed some of them her­self.

For Nathans Bou­tique’s Sue Hargreaves, cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful and easy wear­ing cloth­ing is some­thing that is not only a pas­sion but is in her blood.

An in­te­gral name on the lo­cal fash­ion scene, hav­ing been in busi­ness for over 30 years, Sue’s love of sew­ing stems from the creative genes of her grand­par­ents, Thelma and Garnet Hargreaves, who owned Hargreaves tai­lor­ing busi­ness back in the 40’s in the Bund­aberg CBD.

Sue said hav­ing been a seam­stress her­self for most of her life, and hav­ing a clear love of both sew­ing and wear­ing linen, it was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion to in­te­grate this into Nathans Bou­tique.

“Be­ing a plus-size girl my­self, I have al­ways made my own clothes and then al­most two years ago I de­signed a few pants, dresses and blouse pat­terns to suit my clients and it sim­ply took off,” she said.

“I find the won­der­ful thing about hav­ing a busi­ness and a loyal clien­tele is that I lis­ten to what they want and 80% of out­fits we make are cus­tom made to suit my ladies’ body shapes.

“I’m most proud of the fact we can help many plus-size ladies with fash­ion dresses tops and pants, that are a per­fect fit, which means a much more flat­ter­ing out­come.

“Ba­si­cally I draft pat­terns to suit their body shapes; whether an eight or a 24 I’m able to ac­com­mo­date.”

Fit­tingl,y the in­store la­bel is called Nat­u­ral Closet with Sue work­ing from her own pat­terns and her own fab­rics.

All fab­rics are of a high qual­ity triple shrunk and all nat­u­ral fi­bres, hence the name.

Sue is sup­ported by sec­ond seam­stress Ca­role and to­gether for four days a week they create new styles stock for the shop and spe­cial cus­tomer or­ders.

With Tess help­ing cus­tomers on the floor with hon­est ad­vice and shoe­fit­ting skills, Sue is able to be there for her cus­tomers help­ing with ser­vice and sew­ing.

“We truly have be­come a one stop shop for many of our loyal and new cus­tomer needs.

“This unique shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence helps us pro­vide some­thing that is beau­ti­ful and unique and also com­pete with the ever-in­creas­ing on­line shop­ping that is hurt­ing so many bricks and mor­tar busi­nesses.

“Our cus­tomers know when they come to Nathans Bou­tique, they can find stylish, qual­ity shoes, our Nat­u­ral Closet range as well as many other brands of clothes 10 to 24.”

In an ef­fort to en­sure that she com­pletes cus­tomers’ or­ders in a timely man­ner, Sue has changed the store’s open­ing hours, a de­ci­sion she didn’t take lightly.

The bou­tique is now open from Mon­day to Fri­day 9am to 3pm, but in an ef­fort to cover their work­ing clien­tele, they are also open on Satur­days from 10am un­til 1pm.

When it comes to Nathans Bou­tique, their motto says it all – “ex­pe­ri­ence qual­ity – qual­ity ex­pe­ri­ence”.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

With a great range of shoes and ac­ces­sories you can find a com­plete out­fit at Nathan's Bou­tique.

There is def­i­nitely plenty of va­ri­ety in styles, colours and fab­rics at Nathans Bou­tique.

PHO­TOS: MIKE KNOTT

STYLISH: Sue Hargreaves is ex­cited to show­case dif­fer­ent colours and styles through Nat­u­ral Closet.

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