Patrick Grant Needs Your Help to Save The British Textile Industry

Designer's new brand Community Clothing is as benevolent as it is stylish

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Made in Britain is the phase du-jour. Be it fashion, food; whatever, and it's something various brands are cottoning on to. For many it's less of a mantra and more of a marketing tool, but for others it's a passion, and a driving force. Patrick Grant, the man behind Savile Row's E Tautz and Norton & Sons is definitely in the latter group.

The tailor/designer has just launched a project called Community Clothing, an initiative that looks to reinvigorate the British textile industry, which has been on the wane for a few decades now. Via crowd funding site Kickstarter, he hopes to raise £100k that will fund production of a new line of British clothing that's as affordable as it is well made.

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"In Britain we have a proud tradition of making the very finest textiles and the very best clothes.' Explains Grant, 'But the British clothing industry faces all sorts of serious challenges. For several months every 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''

Community Clothing will look to fill those slack periods in the British production schedule, by employing skilled textile workers at factories all over the UK to create a line of clothing that - when it launches this month – will feature men's and women's denim (£49, below), a Harrington jacket (£79, above) and cotton twill raincoat (£119, below), however further pieces will be added as the project progresses.

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The first factory to produce the collection will be Cookson & Clegg in Blackburn. Despite being in operation since 1860, it was threatened with closure a year ago after losing contracts to overseas manufacturers, however Grant intervened, bought the business and halted its closure.

"I believe that everyone in Britain should be able to afford to buy exceptional quality British made clothes, and to play their own part in sustaining and creating British jobs. ' Says Grant, 'Community Clothing will make British clothes affordable to all. I 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 Britain."

If you agree with Mr Grant, then you should head straight to Community Clothing's Kickstarter page and find out how you can help in its development.

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