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She may have only graduated 6 months ago, but Nathalie Limon has wasted no time in developing a unique fashion brand.
Gold Coat is a women’s tailoring business, set up to provide women with made-to-measure jackets, custom designed coats, unique jackets and fascinating outwear.
The 21-year-old business entrepreneur, originally from Newcastle, speaks to Fashion North about her inspiration for Gold Coat and where she wants to see her brand in the future.
Nathalie has recently graduated from London College of Fashion where she studied tailoring: “I had been sewing and making clothes for a long time before that. I did the Fashion & Clothing Btec at Newcastle College which was also a great experience.
Students, interns and those at the early stage of their careers are often exploited and underpaid. Work hard to prove yourself but remember your value.
“I have always set myself little projects throughout my life and in a way this business has grown from a project into a small company. I’ve always had big ambitions but I would say this has been a quite organic progression.”
Speaking about why she created Gold Coat Nathalie told us: “It wasn’t so much inspiration. More a compulsion to make, design and research on my own terms. I am fascinated by people and their identities and what I have ended up doing means I get to be a small part of showcasing their identities. I would say possibly a small element of control freak-ery is involved too.”
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As Nathalie is originally from the North East, we had to ask what she thought of the North East’s take on fashion: “Given that High Street shopping doesn’t differ much across the country, I can only speak for the street style you see.
“I grew up in Newcastle which has a notorious representation for ‘big nights out’ but my nights were often spent seeing friends bands, as well as the occasional wild night.
“This meant weekends were spent on Highbridge Street finding vintage dresses and tough leather boots so your feet don’t get crushed! That said, I have a pair of Newcastle heels ready for any trips home that I wouldn’t dare to wear in London.”
As Nathalie has recently graduated we asked if she had any advice for aspiring students who want to work in the fashion industry: “Know your strengths and be aware that the ‘fashion industry’ is broken into hundreds of different roles, find a niche.
“Finally, aim to have balance in your work life. Students, interns and those at the early stage of their careers are often exploited and underpaid. Work hard to prove yourself but remember your value!”
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So where does Nathalie see her unique business in 5 years? Just what can we expect from this specialist tailoring company?
“I would love to have a little team and a bigger studio. I also think I would like to make small runs of a few styles of coats and jackets every season. They wouldn’t be tailored to the customer but would represent the Gold Coat style, which I would sum up as playful, statement and feminine.”
You can visit Gold Coat online here.