Patrick Grant & Tricker's Interview
Recently, we spoke with Patrick Grant, the founder of Community Clothing in Blackburn, about his shared passion for manufacturing and maintaining quality clothing and footwear in the U.K.
Community Clothing is a social enterprise that has a simple goal; to sell great quality affordable clothing, and by doing so create great jobs and help restore economic prosperity in some of the UK’s most deprived areas.
We discussed the importance of a sustainable approach to producing clothing and footwear, to repairing rather than replacing, ethical approaches to purchasing and a host of other things.
Making and repairing
“The planet we live on is under threat. We are living in a climate emergency and if we don't change our habits we will wreck the planet for good” says Patrick. “Buy fewer things, buy good things, keep them and cherish them, repair them and that the solution.”
“I’ve known Patrick for many years” says Martin Mason, Tricker’s Managing Director, “ and it’s always a real pleasure to speak with someone who shares the same passion that I do - and importantly that Tricker’s do - for producing and maintaining quality, sustainable items that we wear.”
Tricker’s repairs department regularly restores shoes and boots that are more than 20 years old. We can almost always bring them back to life. Provided the upper is still in one piece, we can attach it to a brand-new sole and welt so that it is as good as new.