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Will You Support ‘Made in Nottingham’ This Christmas?
By ridgexmetals.com

Will You Support ‘Made in Nottingham’ This Christmas?

Will You Support ‘Made in Nottingham’ This Christmas?

After 19 years in business Phoenix Clothing, Nottingham are being forced into retirement and are closing their doors prematurely due to a £25k unpaid invoice from a customer dodging the debt collectors.

Housed in a former lace factory in the heart of Nottingham city centre, Phoenix Clothing has produced an entire array of garments during their time in business, from dance wear, to traditional African dress, booties for babies, vintage clothes and breastfeeding wear, just to name a few. Winners of the Saga, spirit of enterprise award, they always strive for perfection and are a team of highly skilled seamstresses and expert machinists having worked in textiles for their entirety of their careers.

Phoenix Clothing have won the legal case against the customer, who has now ceased trading and declared themselves insolvent so renumeration unfortunately cannot be claimed. Olivia Swift, founder of Lotus Maternity has offered to help recuperate some of the manufacturing costs, so Phoenix can pay their wages ahead of Christmas.

“I am incredibly saddened by the situation. Christine and Hillary have been so wonderful and have been so kind and helpful to me this past 5 years. They really are masters of their craft and the attention to detail and quality of everything that they produce is part of the reason why Lotus Maternity’s products have received multiple industry awards. It is rare to still be manufacturing garments locally and I will be in floods of tears helping to clear out the unit when they close at Christmas.”

Olivia Swift, Founder, Lotus Maternity

Lotus Maternity with Nottingham based manufacturer Phoenix Clothing

Hillary and Christine who have worked in the textiles trade as machinists for over 40 years, started up on their own small, clothing manufacturing business 19 years ago with a modest unit in the heart of what was a former Victorian lace factory and warehouse, just outside Nottingham’s City Centre. Both directors were keen to finish on their own terms, rather than being forced into a situation where they have no other option than to close.

“It’s just incomprehensible to have ended up in this mess but Hillary and I haven’t paid ourselves for three months and it’s created such stress and burden for us all.”

Christine Crawford, Director, Phoenix Clothing

Phoenix Clothing Womens and childrens leisure wear

Lotus Maternity have offered to sell the stock, which is predominantly premium women’s and children’s base laters for sport and exercise all made in Nottingham, on their website. Available to purchase whilst stocks last, limited sizes are available and would make perfect last-minute Christmas gifts for loved ones, or a treat for yourself ahead of the new year.

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