Patrick Grant has launched a not-for-profit fashion brand called Community Clothing in an effort to support the UK textiles industry. Community Clothing's collections will be manufactured using the spare capacity of factories in the UK during slack periods of production, creating local jobs.
In Britain, we have a proud tradition of making the finest textiles and clothes. But the British clothing industry faces serious challenges. One of the biggest of these is the seasonality of demand. For several months of every year even the very best British factories are nowhere near full. This can lead to seasonal hiring and firing, or worse still to factory closures. Community Clothing will use this spare capacity to make great clothes, and then sell these clothes directly to the consumer, cutting out the usual wholesale and retail mark-ups.
It plans to fill these factories by making clothes that everyone can afford. Think of Community Clothing as a new form of co-operative, one that exists simply to sustain and create jobs and skills, and to restore pride in our textile making communities.
Community Clothing will offer a range of fantastic quality staple garments, the sort of clothes we wear every day. By designing with simple manufacturing in mind, by minimising the number of sewing operations, and by designing the range around a standard set of colours and types of fabric, these products can be sewn in the same premium fabrics and with the same quality as the best high-end designer clothes.
To find out more and pledge to buy, click here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/267973823/community-clothing-make-clothes-create-jobs-restor/
Posted: 6 April 2016
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