Patrick Grant is a man who wears many hats: tailor, business owner and TV talent show judge.
In addition to his role on BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee, he is the fashion designer behind menswear label E. Tautz and Savile Row tailor, Norton & Sons.
Last year, when Patrick received an email from one of his northern manufacturers, Cookson & Clegg, notifying him that they were being forced into closure because of the loss of military contracts to overseas competitors, he jolted into action.
Instead of simply switching to a new manufacturer, Patrick decided to buy the Blackburn business and create a range of clothing to sell directly to consumers. In 2016, Community Clothing was born.
Community Clothing was set up with the aim to create conditions and sales that would counter seasonal unemployment in the fashion industry as well as create jobs for skilled workers. In doing so, Patrick wants to contribute to the restoration of pride in Britain’s textile communities.
His TV appearances are similarly well and broadly intentioned; he took on the Sewing Bee role with the hope that the show will encourage people to start making clothes again and to boost the domestic production industry. Re-imagining men’s fashion and potentially re-imagining British industry, Patrick is proving to be a man of both style and substance.