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A Day In The Life of Designer Natalie B. Coleman


by Ellie Balfe
21st Dec 2015
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Irish fashion designer, Natalie?B.?Coleman, is a busy lady. As well as designing her highly coveted pieces beloved by celebs such as Angela Scanlon, she also takes time to lecture at NCAD. Here she talks us through a typical day in her life.

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What time do you wake up?

I am an early riser, I get up at about 6am. I love to have some time to myself before the day gets hectic!

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What do you eat for breakfast?

I try to juice but I’m not always very good on that front. I like to have natural yoghurt with nuts and sometimes oranges. I try to keep it clean and light, although I do eat an unhealthy amount of sausages!

What does a typical day entail?

I am lecturing in the fashion department in NCAD, Dublin, a few days a week and then I have my studio, so every day varies. Normally I catch up on emails before I head to the studio. We are working on AW16 at the moment, so either fittings, hand stitching, working with the team, doing an interview. From time to time I have a quick trip to Porto or London. It is always really busy this time of year. We are also working on some exciting collaborations for 2016, so it is a really fun time for the label.

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What do you eat for lunch?

Soup, usually followed by hot chocolate. ?The canteen in NCAD is so good, they have a lovely kitchen garden with super fresh ingredients so the choice is great.

What’s your pick me up??

I am a coffee fiend but trying to cut down, though I do want an espresso machine for Christmas so maybe not!

How do you switch off?

When I am with my puppy, Lucky, a gorgeous little Labradoodle who is my baby. I only have her a few months but am so in love. I also love Spa days, especially at the Shelbourne this time of year as a wind down to Christmas treat. I love the relaxation room overlooking the green. My other guaranteed ways to wind down are mixing good wine, good food and good friends and making up really bad dance routines!

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What do you do in the evenings?

At the moment twice a week I go to pregnancy yoga or pilates at Well Being on Dame St which I’m finding so good for my head. I also love to read cookery books and chill out watching Netflix on my Surface Pro 4 in bed where I can catch up on research and work emails.

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Which apps do you use the most?

I love Instagram and have lost hours on Pinterest. I also love using the Fresh Paint app on my Surface – it’s great for sketching on the go and is perfect for saving design ideas and sharing with the team in the studio/production while I’m on the go.

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