Great British Sewing Bee judge Patrick Grant: Who is he?

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Photo credit: James Stack - BBC
Photo credit: James Stack - BBC

The Great British Sewing Bee will return to our small screens in April, and we can't wait to see the talented home sewers showcasing their adventurous creations to impress judges Esme Young and Patrick Grant.

Fans will be excited to see Esme and Patrick back to share their critiques and expertise with the 12 ambitious sewers undertaking three challenges as they compete for the title of best seamstress. Sara Pasco is taking over from fellow comedian Joe Lycett as the show's presenter.

If you're new to the competition or just anticipating its return, we've done a big of digging on its popular judge Patrick to find out a little more about him.

Joining the series in 2013, Patrick Grant is a well-known designer and businessman who currently lives in rural Lancashire, having relocated to Lees from London in March 2020.

Photo credit: BBC One
Photo credit: BBC One

After gaining a Batchelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering, he went on to Study for an MBA at Oxford. He is now the director of the Savile Row tailors Norton and Sons, which he bought in 2005, aged just 33. In addition to his prestigious position, he also owns successful menswear label E. Tautz, which he revived in 2009.

In 2015, he bought an ailing Blackburn clothing factory and launched a social enterprise called Community Clothing, established with the aim of selling great quality affordable clothing, and sustaining and creating great jobs in the UK's textile making regions.

Speaking about the positive shift in attitudes towards sustainability, he recently told Prima: "People are fixing their clothes and repairing them, and darning is now cool, there is really a big awareness out there now."

Photo credit: BBC One
Photo credit: BBC One

"All of the negativity about being poor and wearing old clothes has gone now. It’s totally ok to be fixing clothes and protecting the planet. People need to feel really happy wearing old stuff. We are consuming less material, less high street and there are a growing number of cool young people who have recognised this."

His philosophy is reflected in his shopping habits as he added: "I wear the same stuff all the time, I haven't bought a single item of new clothing this year. My socks are 7 years old, my T-shirt is about 5 years old. I am very lucky. I have a wardrobe of exceptional clothing that I am able to keep wearing."

Patrick is a keen photographer too, sharing his artistic shots on Instagram which capture the stunning landscape near his home in Lees, and his travels across the UK and beyond.

We'll see him, fellow judge Esme Young and the 12 new contestants on Sewing Bee very soon.

Great British Sewing Bee returns to BBC One on Wednesday 27 April at 8pm.

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