Fashion brand is a model business

Community Clothing video - Blackburn Youth Zone

Blackburn’s Community Clothing is leading the way when it comes to sustainable, ethical garments.

Community Clothing was established with a simple goal – to sell great quality affordable clothes and by doing so create great jobs and help restore economic prosperity in some of the UK’s most deprived areas.

The company, owned by Patrick Grant – host of Great British Sewing Bee – has now revealed its new advert, showcasing local talent and local landmarks.

The video showcases talented people from the town, shot over a week at a variety of locations across Blackburn. Some of the young people featured have since gone on to model for the label.

Jack Bolton, store manager, said: “We make sustainable every day clothing, make local manufacturing jobs, using factories during the times when they are not at full capacity. Most brands make seasonable items, but we make seasonless essentials. It’s quite a radical business model.”

So far Community Clothing – which sells everything from socks to outdoor coats – has created over 130,000 hours of work – the equivalent of over 76 years of full-time employment. 

Jack added: “We have been selling the same things since 2016. We want people to feel good about wearing our clothing because they know where it was made and what it’s made from. “We have people who have never been to Blackburn before come and see us, which is helping to bring people to the town.”

For more details visit www.communityclothing.co.uk. The video is available to view on the Blackburn BID social media pages.

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