Made in Britain
Launched by Patrick Grant on February 16th, Community Clothing looks to make exceptional quality, affordable, British clothing
Established in 1860 Cookson & Clegg originally manufactured leather work-wear for coal deliverymen, quickly moving on to produce uniforms for the British Army and more recently for brands E. Tautz, Burberry and Margaret Howell. However, it was announced in February 2015 that the business was to be shut following the loss of military contracts to overseas suppliers and the huge flux in demand by the fashion industry and the creation of long slack periods in the production schedules.
Now bought and rescued by British fashion designer, Patrick Grant, the factory will stay open and will follow a new business plan; to use the spare capacity in slack periods to make great, cost engineered clothes and sell these directly to the consumer – cutting out the usual wholesale and retail mark-ups.
“In Britain we have a proud tradition of making the very finest textiles and the very best clothes. 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’’, says Patrick.
The newly named ‘Community Clothing’ has started with the initial goal of raising £100k on crowd funding platform Kickstarter over the next four weeks with Community Clothing looking to offer a concise range of quality, staple everyday garments. The first range will include men’s and women’s jeans (£49), a classic Harrington jacket (£79) and a cotton twill raincoat (£119). Production will begin in March with delivery to customers in July. Starting as an online store, Patrick is hoping to open the first Community Clothing shop this summer.
Enquiries: Community Clothing/ firstname.lastname@example.org/ communityclothing.co.uk