British designer Patrick Grant’s social enterprise fashion brand Community Clothing will officially launch via eBay on September 7.
Patrick Grant Community Clothing
The brand is being manufactured using the spare capacity of factories in the UK during slack periods of production. The aim is to create local jobs in an effort to support the UK textiles industry.
To get it off the ground, Grant launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in February, which raised just over £88,600 by the time it ended in mid-March.
The initial 20-piece unisex collection features knitwear, denim and outerwear. Among the key pieces are a single-breasted raincoat and a fully lined Harrington jacket, both in waterproof British Millerain cotton twill.
There is also a pair of five-pocket fully riveted jeans with chain-stitched hems, made in raw indigo selvedge denim in varying fits for men and women. The collection ranges in price from £15 for jersey T-shirts to £130 for outerwear items.
There will also be a link to buy the collection on eBay from the Community Clothing website, communityclothing.co.uk.
Grant, who was forced to close Blackburn-based supplier Cookson & Clegg in May after a key customer withdrew its business, said: “These are challenging times for British clothing and textile manufacturers but, through Community Clothing, we can all play a part in sustaining and creating skilled jobs in the UK.”
Rhian Bartlett, director of fashion retail at eBay, added: “The phenomenal response to Patrick’s crowdsourcing efforts came as no surprise to us: we knew from the outset that this project would tap into something special with British shoppers.”