Patrick Grant, creative director of celebrated London label E. Tautz and owner of Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons, has a new brainchild – enter Community Clothing. The not-for-profit British manufacturers’ cooperative was founded in 2016 in a bid to produce high quality, affordable clothing for men and women – and in so doing create jobs for skilled workers and breathe new life into Britain’s clothing and textile communities. Community Clothing has linked-up with a number of different factories across Britain, including the Rochdale based clothing and textile manufacturer British Millerain Co.
The season-bound fashion system brings with it worryingly quiet periods for clothing manufacturers, prompting Community Clothing to sell directly to the consumer, thus helping to keep factories running year-round. Prices are kept at moderate levels, as there are no middle hands, and also due to the fuss-free design of the wardrobe staples on offer. The collection currently on sale at the Community Clothing website (which redirects to an eBay store) includes a five pocket, slim-fit women’s jean crafted from premium 12oz selvedge stretch denim and a straight-cut selvedge men’s style. Both are priced at £65. There are also classic Harrington jackets (£109) made from 11oz waterproof cotton, wool crewneck jumpers (£59) and cotton socks (£4.95).
Community Clothing pop-up shops currently operate at all Selfridges’ stores in London, Birmingham and Manchester, as part of the department store’s sustainable Material World project, which is due to run until the end of March.