Patrick Grant’s passion and dedication for craftsmanship, fashion and British brands led him to Savile Row tailors Norton & Sons which he took over in 2005. In 2009, he re-launched the historic British sporting and military tailoring house of E. Tautz. He then followed this initiative in 2014 by opening the brand’s first flagship store on Duke Street, Mayfair. He has previously worked with many brands, artists and designers including Barbour, Christopher Kane, Kim Jones, House of Holland, John Lobb, Rag & Bone, Jaguar, and Chivas Regal; most recently launching acclaimed British photographer Martin Parr’s latest book, Real Food.
In 2015, he purchased the ailing British Cookson & Clegg factory weeks from closure. Following this, in 2016, Patrick Grant launched the democratic not-for-profit clothing line Community Clothing, born from concerns about the structural issues facing many small UK clothing and textile businesses – namely, the seasonality of demand. With this in mind, Patrick created a line available direct to the consumer, eliminating wholesale mark-ups to create quality, affordable British clothing for all. From this, Patrick has been able to save as well as create a huge number of jobs in the Blackburn community and is currently looking for other factories at risk to join his Community Clothing project.
Patrick has numerous awards to his name; having won the BFC/ GQ designer menswear fund sponsored by Vertu, the British Fashion Council’s Menswear Designer of the Year award in December 2010 for his work on E. Tautz. In 2012, he won the BFC’s Fashion Forward award, was shortlisted for Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards and International Designer of the Year at the WGSN Global Fashion Awards. He was also named Retailer of the Year at the 2008 Scottish Fashion Awards.
Your fashion muses?
Jarvis Cocker, Prince Charles, David Hockney.
Favourite David Bowie song?
Absolute Beginners (80’s was my formative decade).
Your favourite poets?
Douglas Dunn and Philip Larkin.
If not yourself, who would you be?
I’m quite happy with my lot.
Your idea of misery?
Best thing a cabbie told you?
I don’t really take cabs. I cycle.
Who is your hero?
I wrote a book called Original Man containing 80 of them. Hard to pick just one.
Black tie or casual?
Each in its place.
Your favourite virtue?
If you’re talking classical virtues then Fortitude.
Secret place in Edinburgh?
Top of Braid Hills. On a clear day you can see all the way to the Trossachs.
Secret place in London?
Gipsy Rose Cafe in Gipsy Hill. Try the No.2 breakfast.
Latest exhibition you’ve visited?
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Favourite Scottish trait?
Favourite spot for a summer holiday?
The Hebridean Islands.
Rolling Stones or Beatles?
Your favourite artists?
Richard Serra, Jeremy Deller, Cindy Sherman, Anselm Kiefer, Grayson Perry, Craigie Aitchison, Barnett Newman, William Eggleston.
Latest album you’ve bought?
The Colour in Anything by James Blake (bought i.e. downloaded from Spotify).
Your favourite hero in fiction?
Jim Dixon from Lucky Jim.
What do you collect?
Bicycles (mostly broken).
A not for profit clothing brand called Community Clothing www.communityclothing.co.uk