“In the 15 minutes it takes me to deliver this talk, over a million kilos of clothing will be sent to landfill. Half of it plastic.”

Patrick Grant – TEDx Exeter 2018

Patrick Grant

Why we should all feel uncomfortable in our clothes

Are you loving the clothes you’re wearing? In an era of cheap fashion, many of us are uncomfortable with the poor working conditions and environmental harm caused by the garments we buy. In this engaging, humorous talk Patrick Grant explains how we got here and why a happier future is possible.

Patrick Grant is a regular media commentator on fashion, clothing and textiles. 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.

Biography published 2018

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