CLOTHING campaigners in Blackburn have taken their fashion crusade to Manchester and London over the festive season.

Supporters of Community Clothing, the social enterprise which aims to supply affordable fashions while keeping British textile factories ticking over, has set up shop in Manchester's King Street.

Just yards from the city centre's popular Christmas market, sales staff will be based in a pop-up store there until this Sunday.

And the brand, which was established three years ago by top Savile Row designer Patrick Grant, is also celebrating after making an appearance in the London Evening Standard's men's style guide.

Designers enlisted members of East Lancashire Bowling Club to model their latest knitwear range, which was manufactured in Leicestershire.

A Community Clothing spokesman said: "Our mission is simple. We aim to make sustainable fashion an affordable everyday choice, and by doing so sustain and create local manufacturing jobs and restore pride in our textile and garment manufacturing communities."

The social enterprise, which estimates it has provide more than 124,00 of man hours to workers in their 21 partner factories up and down the UK, was also a firm backer of the recent British Textile Biennial in Blackburn.

Their involvement in the textile industry celebration resulted in photo shoots, showcasing their range, which appeared in the national press.

One of their partners is Cookson and Clegg, based in Lions Drive, Blackburn, which featured in a short film by award-winning local director Aaron Dunleavy, focusing on the lives of machinists and pattern cutters there.

The 10-minute long documentary was played on a loop at Blackburn Museum.⁠