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Community Clothing at BOB North

Community Clothing are exhibiting their launch collection of fantastic quality staple garments at BOB North.

There is one last chance to visit Best of Britannia (BOB) North today showcasing the best in contemporary British design and manufacturing. BOB features a host of inspiring brands, of the highest quality, from across the North of England. No brand personifies the ethos of BOB more vividly than Community Clothing who present their launch range of fantastic quality staple garments.

Community Clothing was created and conceived by Patrick Grant, who is a judge on the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee, who set a goal of raising £75,000 on crowd funding platform, Kickstarter, which has been achieved with two days left to go.

Community Clothing has established links with a network of factories across the country in traditional clothing and textile making communities.

The initial production run of jeans and outerwear will be manufactured at the Cookson and Clegg clothing factory in Shadsworth which was purchased y Grant last year when threatened with closure.

Established in 1860, Cookson and Clegg produced uniforms for the British Army but following the loss of military contracts to overseas manufacturers.

Community Clothing has established links with a network of factories across the country in traditional clothing and textile making communities.

The company was born out of Grant’s thoughts on the problems facing the domestic 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 all sorts of serious challenges. For several months every year even the best factories are nowhere near full. This can lead to seasonal hiring and firing, zero hours contracts and, or worse, factory closures.
Community Clothing’s plan is to use the spare capacity in slack periods to make clothes and sell these 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. 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.”
Patrick Grant

The first range will include men’s and women’s jeans, a classic Harrington jacket and a cotton twill raincoat can been seen at BOB North today alongside a selection of new creative talent from the region alongside established and wrldclass brands from across the UK.