Please join the Centre for Research in Sustainability (CRIS) for a lively discussion on the latest innovations in sustainable fashion, on Tuesday 19 March from 12.15-1.15pm in the Queen's Building, Room 240.
Patrick Grant, the founder of the Community Clothing and a judge on the Great British Sewing Bee, will be speaking about his transition from Savile Row to a leader in the sustainable fashion movement. Then, he will be in conversation with Clare Lissaman, the director of Common Objective and co-founder of organic and fair trade menswear brand Arthur & Henry. Finally, Patrick and Clare will answer any and all questions from the audience. Are you curious about how to get involved in sustainable fashion, and how the fashion industry can contribute toward a better world? Then this is the event for you!
As a media figure, Patrick is best known as a judge on the television series, The Great British Sewing Bee. After leaving a career in engineering, he took over as director of Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons. Patrick was named Menswear Designer of the Year at the 2010 British Fashion Awards. In 2015, he purchased ailing Blackburn clothing manufacturer Cookson & Clegg, saving the factory from closure. This was followed by the launch of Community Clothing, a social enterprise with a mission to sustain and create jobs in the UK textile and garment manufacturing industry. Patrick is a regular lecturer at schools and colleges, and an honorary professor at Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Business and Society.
You can read about Community Clothing here, and listen to Patrick's recent Ted Talk here.
After over a decade specialising in ethical fair trade (with clients including the Ethica Trading Initiative, the Fairtrade Foundation, Tesco, Gap, Traidcraft, Twin Trading and the Department for International Development), in 2012 Clare Lissaman put her money where her mouth is and co-founded Arthur & Henry, purveyor of superb quality organic men's shirts and other fair trade and ethical men's accessories. In 2015 she also became a director of CO Common Objective, a platform matching fashion professionals with the right connections and resources to grow successful, sustainable businesses building on 10 years of work in the fashion industry by the Ethical Fashion Forum.
You can read about Common Objective here, and about Arthur & Henry here.