Medical professionals are our superheroes, right now. They’ve been working diligently to combat COVID-19 and help those who caught the virus. Due to the high demand in staff and help, many hospitals are running out of protective wear, but thanks to some quarantined designers, hospitals are able to stock up on some designer protective wear.
The Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo and Project Runway’s, Christian Siriano teamed up to supply multiple boxes of 1,000 masks to hospitals in New York a few days after Twitter correspondence between the governor and residents. Siriano opened up his personal studio to paid staff to help make the masks and employ those who might’ve been relieved from their last job.
Los Angeles Apparel founder Dov Charney also contributed to producing protective gear by using his 150,000-square-foot factory to make 300,000 masks and 50,000 gowns in one week.
Even luxury designers are contributing. LVMH, who houses Loius Vuitton and other brands, has contributed 10 million masks to France. Prada’s factory in Italy is in the process of producing 80,000 protective overalls and 110,000 medical masks. Gucci is donating $2 million towards the World Health Organization and their response fund to COVID-19 as well as using their social media presence to gain more donations. Other popular labels like H&M and Gap have joined in to help donate protective wear and funds to medical professionals.
The turnaround rate for the masks and other protective gear have been high in an effort to help medical professionals and show them that they are appreciated the same way local citizens have shown them by cheering them on from their home.