The Penarth based – but internationally known – gentlemen’s tailor Nathan Palmer has now officially opened his exclusive new fitting rooms in Stanwell Road – across the road from Penarth Town Council’s HQ at West House.
The lavish finish of the frontage – in Royal Buildings – brings a new and distinctly up-market tone to the Stanwell shopping area.
The new premises were launched at the weekend with a celebrity reception for customers, friends and guests.
Nathan Palmer and his family moved to Penarth to live seven years ago after he’d enjoyed a distinguished athletic career – representing Great Britain in the 110 metre hurdles and even beating the record set by fellow Penarth sports star Colin Jackson . Mr Palmer also played on the wing for various Welsh rugby clubs including Newport Gwent Dragons and travelled the world on the IRB circuit with the Welsh Sevens team.
As a rugby player Mr Palmer says he always found it difficult to find clothes that fitted him well and -” took it upon himself” to study the science, technology and craft skills of designing and tailoring – gaining a BA honours degree in fashion in the process and perfecting the elusive art of creating bespoke suits that are made to fit.
All his garments are hand-cut and hand-made in Penarth – a process which means precisely making and then assembling at least 30 different components of each suit; a task which takes more than 80 hours of intensive labour.
Many distinguished showbusiness names now order their suits not from Savile Row, but from Penarth. Amongst his customers are said to be chat-show host Grahame Norton , international musicians Jason Derulo, Tinie Tempah, television personalities Mario Falcone and Charlie Simms and a large and growing retinue of famous sports stars.