I’m afraid that today we are the bearers of bad news. Back in March we told you about Patrick Grant’s latest venture in the textile industry. You can read the full blog post here, but the bones of it were as follows.
Patrick had been using a mill in Blackburn (quite near Croft Mill) to supply his cult fashion label E Tautz, when the mill announced they would not be able to take any more orders from his company as they were closing down Patrick sprang into action.
He highlighted the challenges faced by the skilled stitches in the fashion industry, with many designers and clothing stores working in two main times (to prepare for the Autumn/Winter and Spring/Sommer collections) work is often seasonal and can leave both businesses and people struggling.
When he bought the mill, he created Community Clothing, which was funded by the public as a means to create jobs for the people of the Blackburn Mill. As well as supplying to designers, he decided they would also sew pieces of clothing (designed by himself) and sell them directly to the public at a reasonable price. We loved the fact Patrick was so passionate about workers in the textile industry, especially since the mill in question was so close to home.
Sadly, just a year after he purchased it Patrick Grant has announced the mill will once again be closing down, as it goes into voluntary liquidation. Patrick Grant had managed to secure high profile clients for mill including Marks and Spencer, created an apprenticeship scheme and doubled the workforce. It is now believed however that all 45 members of staff were told on Wednesday the 18th May that they would be made redundant.
It is believed the step into liquidation has come after a ‘major’ un-named client withdrew their business from the mill, in a statement to Drapers magazine “I feel deeply sorry for all of our staff. Twelve months ago I had high hopes that we would find a way to return the business to profitability, but with the loss of a major part of our business we can no longer keep the factory running”
Although we are of course terribly sad for all of the families affected by this closure, we are glad to hear that Patrick has vowed his Community Clothing Campaign will still continue, just in other mills around the UK.