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Seeking investors of courage and conviction

Blackshore, British Coastal Clothing is seeking additional investors of courage and conviction (investors who are inspired by vision and purpose) to help us develop our made-in-Lowestoft sustainable menswear brand. Our commitment is to create superb men's casualwear, inspired by the coast of Britain, which can build good quality employment in the Suffolk town of Lowestoft. We move in to the old net factory in June and we will be producing by July. Based in a former fishing net factory, we are creating ethical workwear-inspired clothing for an international market. Write to Simon Middleton at simon@blackshore.cc (but remember, for legal reasons, we can only discuss investment if you are an experienced investor or high net worth individual).

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Not so much a blank canvas: more a palimpsest

Some companies move into brand spanking new units. Others have their premises built for them. Still others rent or buy efficient but somewhat soulless units on industrial estates. We've chosen a different route. The building we've leased down on Whapload Road  in Lowestoft (in the area that was once home to the beach fishing village, known as The Grit), is no blank canvas. It's a palimpsest, with layers of history barely hidden under the paint, the plaster and the dirt of years.  Most recently it was home to Sunrise Books, a labour-intensive mail-order book retailer occupying all three floors and sending books all over the world. When we first viewed the build the book retailer's (somewhat organically created) shelving was...

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Braiding trawler nets in Lowestoft, before the great flood.

We found this old photo, dated August 1951, in a Suffolk bric a brac sale. It shows women braiding trawler nets in a Lowestoft net works down on Whapload Road. It prompted me to think about many aspects of business, and life. We can’t be 100% certain (there are a few of these old works along the road) but we think it might be the very same building that we are moving into to create the Blackshore atelier.  This picture was taken fewer than 18 months before the devastating floods of January 1953 virtually wiped the old beach fishing village off the map. After the floods demolition began in earnest and the last of the old fishing community was lost.  Only...

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