Patrick Grant

Patrick Grant

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Savile Row Tailor

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Synopsis

Patrick has a passion for craftsmanship, heritage and storytelling and knows how to build brands with purpose. After a decade in which he revived a Savile Row tailor, and launched an award-winning luxury business, he launched social enterprise Community Clothing earning himself widespread praise. He is a regular on TV and radio and is best known for the BAFTA nominated BBC One hit The Great British Sewing Bee.

Biography

Patrick Grant has a lot to say about clothes; how many we buy, how we value them, what they’re made from, and importantly who made them and where. His campaigning clothes brand Community Clothing supports local clothing and textile manufacturers across the UK. He is an outspoken advocate for radical change in the fashion and clothing industry moving beyond sustainable to circular and regenerative.

Patrick’s career in fashion has spanned almost two decades. In that time, he has rebuilt the Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons, relaunched E. Tautz for which he won Menswear Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, and built the most successful designer collaboration in Debenham’s history with Hammond & Co. He has worked with some of the world’s best-known brands including Cartier, Rolls Royce, Lotus, BMW, Mercedes, The Macallan, Chivas Regal, Barbour, Christian Louboutin, John Lobb and Alexander McQueen.

Combining a love of craftsmanship, history and storytelling Patrick knows what it takes to build successful passion brands. He bought the ailing Blackburn clothing manufacturer Cookson & Clegg, saving the factory from closure. This got him thinking about the fate of the many other great UK textile and garment makers, many of which he knew well, and how to secure their future and the future prosperity of the communities that those businesses support. The result of this thinking was Community Clothing which has earned him widespread praise from all corners, including across the political spectrum.

Patrick is a regular on TV and Radio, as a commentator and a documentary maker, but he is best known for his role on the hit BBC series The Great British Sewing Bee, which was nominated for a BAFTA. He won Celebrity Mastermind and The Weakest Link but didn’t do as well in MasterChef.

He has written on diverse subjects for many titles including The Financial Times, The Times and GQ. Patrick’s book Original Man is a compendium of the stories of extraordinary men including Andy Warhol, Freddie Mercury, and Yves Saint-Laurent.

Patrick has a degree in Materials Science from Leeds and an MBA from Oxford, an honorary Doctorate from Heriot Watt, an honorary Fellowship from UCLan, is an honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  He is an ambassador for The Prince’s Foundation, a charity which supports education activities for people of all ages across the UK.

 

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Grant: Engineer to Entrepreneur

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Book written by Patrick Grant