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Craft-based businesses may be among the first to bounce back

Simon Middleton writes... I'm certain that the global health crisis will help to shift people’s thinking about where and how certain kinds of products are made. We’ve come to realise like never before that the things we all tended to take for granted, such as the NHS, and food supply, are actually things of existential importance that we have to be enormously grateful for.

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Working with a great British heritage mill

Visitors to the Blackshore workshop-with-store in Southwold are not only fascinated and delighted to find that the company makes half of its products in their own sewing room, but are frequently surprised to discover that there is still a textle and apparel industry continuing to thrive in the UK at all. Those not involved in the industry have got so used to the idea that the majority of clothes and fabrics are made overseas, that it’s easy for them to assume that ‘made in Britain’ only applies to specialist areas like Saville Row tailoring. Although it’s true that the vast majority of British textile and apparel manufacture went overseas over the last three decades, there is something of a revival,...

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We're recruiting! Could you be our new Southwold Shop Manager?

The Shop Manager is a vital role within the Blackshore Coastal Clothing business, representing the company, the brand and the products to our customers and other visitors, as well as to the Southwold community. This is both a practical role and a relationship-oriented one. The right attitude wil be all important.

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Lighthouse and Boardwalk

The Lighthouse Jersey Jacket and the Boardwalk Drywax Raincoat are both designed in-house and handmade one garment at a time in the company’s tiny sewing room behind its shop on Southwold High Street, just half a mile from the town’s fishing harbour, after which the business is named. 

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