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Creating Christmas Magic with Community Clothing

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British fashion designer, Patrick Grant has launched Community Clothing; an innovative social enterprise dedicated to making clothes, creating jobs, and restoring pride in the UK textile working community. This ambitious new company is determined to make exceptional quality British clothing more affordable; clothes we can all feel proud of.   

 

 

Community Clothing was born out of Grant’s reflection on the structural issues that face UK clothing and textile businesses – namely huge seasonality of demand and the creation of long slack periods in the production schedules.

“In Britain we have a proud tradition of making the very finest textiles and the very best clothes. But the British clothing industry faces serious challenges. For several months of the year even the best British factories are nowhere near full. This can lead to seasonal hiring and firing, zero hours contracts, or worse – factory closures”, says Grant.


Community Clothing’s plan? To use the spare capacity in slack periods to make great, cost engineered clothing, sold directly to the consumer – cutting out the usual wholesale and retail mark-ups.

 

“By designing with simple manufacturing in mind, these products can be sewn in the same premium fabrics and with the same quality as the best high-end designer clothes.


And with our profits we will invest in programmes in those same communities where the factories are located. We will support skills training, personal development programmes and apprenticeships that help get people into skilled work in the textile and garment industry.” 



 

Community Clothing have now partnered with eBay, allowing customers to browse and buy the collection directly. The partnership leverages the scale of the eBay marketplace and provides the perfect platform for shoppers looking for exceptional quality British-made clothing at truly affordable prices

 

 

“We believe that everyone should be able to buy exceptional quality British-made clothes, and to play their own part in sustaining and creating British jobs. Community Clothing will make British clothes affordable to all. We also feel passionately that at the heart of great communities lie great employers and that at the heart of personal pride lies a great job. Community Clothing will support great employers and great workers in communities across the country.”


A Community Clothing store opened this October in Blackburn, home to two of the factories in the Community Clothing co-operative, a network that now numbers seven manufacturers across England and Scotland. 

 

 

About Community Clothing:

Community Clothing has a simple mission: to make excellent quality affordable clothes for women and men, create great jobs for skilled workers, and in doing so help restore real pride in Britain’s textile and garment making communities.

 

About Patrick Grant (Founder):

Patrick Grant is an award winning British designer. He won the British Fashion Council’s Menswear Designer of the Year award in December 2010 for his work on E.Tautz. He was most recently the recipient of the 2015 BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund and was again nominated for Menswear Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council. He is also well known as a judge on the BBC2 show The Great British Sewing Bee. 

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