Patrick Grant donates time to charitable cause
Patrick Grant has lent his fashion expertise to a British charity.
The Scottish designer is a well-known name in men's tailoring, heading up bespoke brands Norton & Sons and E. Tautz & Sons, as well as working as a creative director for Barbour's Beacon Heritage line.
Grant also finds the time to give back with his Community Clothing project, and recently visited a charity project in Reading, England, to help teach women how to sew.
"Community Clothing aims to make really good quality, affordable clothing in British factories during their quiet periods," Grant said, reports The Reading Chronicle. "Fashion is really seasonal and factories have loads of spare capacity. This is a way to bring prosperity back to U.K. factories."
The designer stopped by Alana House, a women's community support group that is part of the Parents and Children Together (PACT) project, as part of the new Out of The Box initiative. Women involved with the charity drive have been learning how to make craft items to sell, including tote bags, jewellery, and knitted clothes.
"We are also trying to do everything we can to encourage people back into clothing-making and there are opportunities for some of the work to be done outside factories," Grant continued. "We are investigating anywhere where people are sewing where there may be opportunities to make it a commercial, viable thing and people can make a living out of it."
Grant's work in fashion was recently recognised by Scotland's Heriot-Watt University, and he was handed an honorary Doctorate of Letters.