After 23 years at 23 Targo Street, Nathan’s Boutique is having a “new lease on life”.
On 25 February, owner Sue Hargreaves announced that she was “stepping out of shoes” to concentrate on her clothing ranges, including her own custom made clothing range, “Natural Closet”.
“We have had to hold so much stock in shoes I could see we needed a change in direction,” Sue said.
“I realised that money was better spent on our exciting new venture – fabric.”
While Sue has sold clothing for many years, the idea to make custom made clothing started almost by accident.
Custom-made clothing fills a niche
“Three years ago I started getting enquiries about cotton stretch pants but couldn’t source them from any of my suppliers, so I decided to make them myself on weekends,” she said.
“That rolled quite naturally into custom-made pants, with tops to match.
“Natural Closet had its beginning.”
Sue will still be operating out of her store, Nathan's Boutique, at 23 Targo Street.
“We need an open door for our customers to see our product and what we do, be measured up and to have a convenient location to pick up their custom-made clothing.
“I’m also a big believer in a town’s CBD.”
Sue will be working with natural fibres only: linen, cotton and bamboo.
“We work only from our natural fabrics and our patterns to make beautiful dresses, tops, shirts, pants, shorts, skirts and jackets.”
The feedback already has been very encouraging and prompted Sue to “take the plunge” and trust her instincts to focus on custom made clothing at Nathan's Boutique.
“Repeat business says it all.
“Ladies are highly aware that they are getting a custom-made outfit made locally out of natural fibres for a very reasonable price…and it fits!”
Sue is a big believer in business evolution.
“I’ve never been happier in my business since I’ve changed direction.
“I employ one full time seamstress with the hope of more in the future and I also sew when I’m not serving my ladies.
“The possibilities are endless. Yippee.”
To experience the natural fibres and custom fit of Bundaberg’s own “Natural Closet” label, call into Nathan’s Boutique, 23 Targo Street, Bundaberg (next to Cha Cha Chocolate) or keep up to date on their Facebook page here.
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