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Patrick Grant recruits to grow Blackburn clothing supplier

Menswear designer Patrick Grant is seeking skilled machinists for his Blackburn-based clothing supplier Cookson and Clegg, which he bought in April for an undisclosed sum.

Grant, the owner of Savile Row tailoring business Norton & Sons and creative director of E.Tautz, has created 30 roles at the premium menswear supplier and is now planning to double the number of machinists at the factory, with a specific focus on buttonhole and button sewers, lockstitch machinists and buttonhole markers and thread trimmers.

He is also offering apprenticeships to young people in the local area.

The company was established in 1860 to supply protective clothing for coal delivery workers, but struggled since losing a military uniform contract in 2009. It currently specialises in outerwear, jeans and chinos supplying Grant’s E Tautz, as well as brands including Paul Smith, Ben Sherman and Crombie.

“The company was a supplier to my ready-to-wear label E Tautz, part of Norton & Sons. We bought it in April and run it in pretty much the same way that it was run before. Cooksons make for all sorts of great British bands, a huge list of customers,” said Grant.

“We’re also starting to work with even bigger customers who are household names. So I’m on the look-out for staff as quickly as possible.”

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