Participation from the immediate surroundings is a requisite for decentralised fashion activity. Levels of engagement often build in non-linear ways and typically rely on established initiatives and organisations that provide stability and quality of service and new activity drawn to a place because of old, recognised producers. This then drives a cycle of improvement and closer place-adaptation and greater connectivity between established and new actors:

  • A. Shufflebotham and Sons – Third generation family business set up approximately 100 years ago selling upholstery and some dress making fabric.
  • The Fent Shop – Second generation family-owned fabric supplier and haberdashery shop.
  • Adamley’s – Independent silk printing mill first established during late 1800s.
  • RA Smart – Independent textiles mill running digital printing, screen printing, weaving and CMT for interiors and household products established in the 1970s.
  • Phil Morton – Industrial and domestic sewing machine repair and retail shop established as a family business in 1986.
  • Treacle Market – Monthly food and artisan market in Macclesfield, established in 2010.
  • Artspace – Community art charity providing workshops in an old textiles mill, established in 2013 by a team of local volunteers.
  • Print Mill – Shop, workshops, studio space in town centre shop, established in 2016 by Diana Hamilton.
  • Think Positive Print – Start-up textile business in an old textile mill specialising in printing natural fibres only, established in UK in 2015 by Penny McIntyre.
  • Craft Corner – Wool and haberdashery shop established in 2017 in empty retail unit, with a community craft space at the rear of the shop.
  • The Tailoring Academy – Training centre for tailors established in 2017 by Britta Hirsch in an on old textiles mill.