Bloomington native pushes his way into fashion success | Entertainment
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, most textiles in municipal solid waste landfills are discarded clothing, although other smaller sources include furniture, rugs, tires, shoes, clothing. linens and towels. The EPA estimated that textile production in 2018 represented 5.8% of total municipal solid waste that year.
Bloomington-raised, Harmony School alumnus and Bloomington Playwrights Project actor Nick Palmer combined his interests in the environment, recycling and fashion, and it paid off in New York and London. Her fashion career began when a few friends got together to spruce up a pair of shoes, and with the help of a friend, Palmer went on to design clothes, including a ball gown.
In February, he presented his first AW21 collection, created with a reuse approach, at DiscoveryLAB as part of London Fashion Week. The collection focuses on shirts with cut and sewn knits and patchwork vests.
Palmer takes the environment seriously and uses recyclable or reusable fabrics such as vintage linens, corpses (leftover fabrics from surpluses from other fashion houses) and recycled materials (processing of by-products, waste or products. unwanted into new and better articles).
The results are unique pieces that mix contrasting prints with an overall retro and almost psychedelic vibe that points to brighter times to come.
His AW21 collection is his first since graduating from Central Saint Martins (part of the University of the Arts in London) in 2018. Facing lockdowns in the UK, Palmer turned to eBay and vintage wholesale suppliers for its materials, making each item in the collection unique.
Some are colorful tops made from reused vintage scarves from the 1970s; some are bias striped tops made from vintage dresses from this period. He has since worked in the UK fashion industry, obtaining a five-year visa for Outstanding Level 1 Talent in 2019 with the endorsement of the British Fashion Council.
“I felt it was important to create something optimistic right now,” he said in an email. “This was partly due to the materials available. I bought a lot of vintage linens, fabrics and men’s shirts, which came in bright colors. I had to be more creative (because of the pandemic) in how I could not only create the collection, but also how I could create an alternate supply chain for when these pieces went into production.
Palmer moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue an MFA at the New School’s Parsons School of Design. Before moving to London, he worked at Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, John Varvatos and Coach under Stuart Vevers.
The Fashion Designers Council of America hailed his senior collection as an “outstanding achievement in men’s clothing design.”
“New York was great when I was younger,” he said. “But as I got older, what I wanted to change. It was about a year after I graduated from Parsons; I felt it was time for a new chapter.
In 2020, he developed his own fashion line, under the eponymous brand N Palmer. The first N Palmer collection was shown around the world as part of London Fashion Week February 19-23 due to its selection by the British Fashion Council’s DiscoveryLAB, a program designed to showcase emerging fashion brands.
“I started to get interested in fashion while I was at Harmony,” he says. “They allowed me to set up an independent study where I learned to sew myself in the basement of my parents’ house. My neighbor, Nancy Hoff, an accomplished quilter and artist, acted as a tutor and counselor and later became a wonderful resource when I started my own line, N Palmer.
Palmer is considering purchasing his own clothes and shoes, including vintage leather boots and moccasins, which he has resolved to extend their lifespan.
“It’s important to take care of our clothes and try to fix them before you have to throw away something that is perfectly good. I think it’s really important now as consumers that we make good decisions about what to buy. “
Sustainability is something he thinks about frequently, even beyond fashion. His responsibility as a designer, he said, is to deliver the best things through the best of his ability. He is concerned about using exploitative practices that could harm workers.
“How can we expect a t-shirt that costs less than a meal at McDonald’s to be made without someone being exploited?” he said.
Its new line uses only vintage and recycled materials.
He selects his models, which display his line with energy and zest. And while he doesn’t create specifically for himself, he often wears his pieces, especially since he makes clothes that he would love to wear.
“I design things that I think should exist. It’s then up to the audience and the customer to decide if it’s something they would like. “