Stories

  • People of Community Clothing - David Williams, Cookson and Clegg

    People of Community Clothing - David Williams, Cookson and Clegg

    We recently spoke to David Williams, Pattern Cutter at Cookson &Clegg about his life in the Textile Industry and his current position in Blackburn. Read the interview below: Name:    David Williams Age: 64 Where are you from?  Leyland, Lancashire What do you do and how did you get into it?  At Cookson & Clegg I am pattern cutting. I studied Dress Design and Manufacturing at Preston Polytechnic (1973) and then worked as a womenswear designer/pattern cutter. 5 years in London, 18 years in Paris, 5 years in Manchester. For the last 15 years I’d been working off shore; Morocco, Malta...

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  • Our Factories

    Our Factories

    Photographer Tom Bunning has been touring the UK documenting the  places where our products are made & the people who make them. So far, he's visited five of our partner factories and manufacturers. Here is his glimpse behind the scenes at Community Clothing.                To see more Tom's work, visit his website here:  https://www.tombunning.com/community-clothing/

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  • People of Community Clothing - Desmond Castle, British Millerain

    People of Community Clothing - Desmond Castle, British Millerain

    Desmond Castle began his career in textiles aged just 15 at D. Whitefords, manufacturers of underlay for carpets. Today he works at Century Dying, part of British Millerain, in Elland, UK where he operates the stentor which uses high temperature and pressure to coat and cure the cotton fabrics used in our waterproof outerwear. Skill, knowledge and experience are all vital in the creation of the worlds best textiles and Desmond has this in abundance.                                  

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  • People of Community Clothing - Caroline Taylor, J. Alex Swift

    People of Community Clothing - Caroline Taylor, J. Alex Swift

      Hand linking socks is both expensive and time consuming but creates a seamless perfectly flat finish giving the greatest comfort and durability. The art of hand linking requires skill, experience, enormous manual dexterity, and excellent vision. Skilled hand linkers are in short supply. Caroline Taylor, pictured here, links socks at J. Alex Swift of Hathern Leicestershire, manufacturer of socks to many of the UK's finest brands, including Community Clothing. Caroline was trained in the art at Scott Nicholl of Shepshed just six miles away, one of many firms engaged in producing exceptional hosiery in the East Midlands. Caroline's career...

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