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.
Whilst Blackshore Coastal Clothing is currently the only clothing workshop in Southwold, it is very far from being the first. The town has a long and rich history of textiles. A century ago Southwold was buzzing with the making of clothing and other fabric items.
One of the great advantages of being small and independent as a business, according to Blackshore Coastal Clothing founder Simon Middleton, is the freedom to respond to moments of inspiration as well as to the suggestions and requests of customers.
We describe this hybrid business model as: make well, stock well, commission well. What it means for you is that you get the very best of British craft apparel making: whether you're choosing a handmade-in-Southwold piece, a branded product from a British manufacturer that we've carefully selected, or a Blackshore piece that we've designed and commissioned to be made elsewhere (but always in the British Isles). All you have to do is wear it well!
The unique Blackshore Seaspray Ventile® Hooded Jacket is in production now! And we're going to make it out of one of the world's best performing cotton weatherproof fabrics.