Since the Coronavirus outbreak, many well-known artists have decided to donate money toward relief. For fashion designer Ralph Lauren, the foundation has decided to design medical masks and gowns for all employees in the field.
The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation announced on March 26 that they will be designing thousands of masks and isolated gowns for the medical workers to push through this pandemic.
“Ralph Lauren is starting the production of 250,000 masks and 25,000 isolation gowns to aid in the fight against COVID-19,” The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation Instagram post read. “In the spirit of togetherness, we rise.”
There were several other posts regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the company. The first post shared that Ralph Lauren stores will be closed all around the world to protect their employees and their families. It also mentioned that the workers will be paid during their time off from work.
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The wellbeing of our teams, friends and family around the world is what matters most right now.⠀ ⠀ We are temporarily closing stores and hospitality locations in select countries, and our employees will be paid during the closure. We encourage you to focus on your family, your safety and your health. It is our hope that we can inspire optimism and unity – not just for our teams, but for our wider global family. It is in the spirit of togetherness that we will rise. ⠀ ⠀ – The Ralph Lauren Family
The Instagram post following that expressed that the foundation will also be donating 10 million dollars for Coronavirus relief, which will be going to “Ralph Lauren colleagues facing special circumstances like medical, eldercare or childcare needs.”
The donation will additionally go toward other healthcare, such as the World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and Pink Pony Fund for international cancer institutes, who are extremely delicate at this time. The foundation considered the fashion industry that was also affected, as they will be setting aside a donation for the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund.
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Now more than ever, supporting each other in this time of need has become our mission. As we face this global challenge together, the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation is committing $10 million to help our teams and communities around the world. These funds will: Provide financial grants through the Emergency Assistance Foundation for Ralph Lauren colleagues facing special circumstances like medical, eldercare or childcare needs; Contribute to the World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, a global effort supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic; Build on our 20-year commitment to cancer care through our Pink Pony Fund by supporting our long-standing network of international cancer institutions that are caring for people with cancer who are especially vulnerable at this time; and Commit an inaugural gift to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) / Vogue Fashion Fund for COVID-19 relief to support the American fashion community impacted by the pandemic. As we face this challenge as a global community, our hope is to continue to be the beacon of optimism and unity that Ralph Lauren and our brands have always been to the world.
The designs for the medical gowns and masks have not been released, but The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation has already made an impact by helping thousands of people during this time of need.