British fashion designer, Patrick Grant, has reignited Blackburn’s textile manufacturing industry with his new Community Clothing range and store in Blackburn town centre. Although historically Lancashire might have been at the heart of the British textile industry, this certainly hasn’t been the case in recent years, and this is what Grant’s innovative social enterprise is seeking to change. Launched in 2016 Grant is determined to make exceptional quality British clothing more affordable; "clothes we can all feel proud of." Not to mention the added benefits of job creation and the restoration of pride in the UK textile working community.
The first Community Clothing store opened in November in Blackburn which is also home to two of the factories in the Community Clothing co-operative, a network that now numbers seven manufacturers across England and Scotland. It offers a concise range of quality, staple, everyday garments for women and men, including jeans, a classic Harrington jacket, cotton twill raincoats and a range of knitwear.