The event was attended by representatives from Blackburn with Darwen Council, local businesses leaders and people from the world of fashion.
The shop is a showcase for the high quality of traditional making skills in the UK, using British made materials. The Community Clothing project aims to keep British factories busy during their quieter periods and to make British clothing affordable to the high street shoppers.
As well as clothing made at factories in Blackburn, the shop also stocks UK made socks and shoes and knitwear from a renowned factory in Hawick, Scotland, that has made clothing for high fashion brands such as Chanel.
Patrick Grant said:
We are utterly delighted to be opening the first and only Community Clothing store in the centre of historic Blackburn.
It’s vital for us that the brand has a physical home and we’re so excited to be in such a beautiful building with such an amazing story, and, we hope, to be in the midst of the regeneration of this beautiful part of town.
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council assisted Community Clothing to secure the three story building for the project and awarded them a small property improvement grant to make-fit the ground floor. Community Clothing are now working with the Townscape Heritage Team to develop a much larger restoration scheme to bring the two upper floors and rear yard back into use.
Community Clothing is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-6pm and others days by appointment.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (01254) 693893. Alternatively visit www.communityclothing.co.uk