There seems to be no stopping the war against COVID-19. We are all fighting for our businesses, our loved ones, and for our communities.  With all the darkness surrounding this virus, it’s amazing to see our industry stepping up and taking control where we can.  We are so proud to be working in an industry of true fighters who continue to fulfill the growing need for medical supplies to our front-line healthcare workers fighting every minute, hour and day against the virus.

The one thing there is no shortage of are the retailers raising the bar to ensure our healthcare workers and the general public have what we need.  A huge thank you to all from luxury brands to specialty retailers. The list is long but worth all getting a mention and a high five – virtually, of course!

 

CHANEL launched production of face masks and blouses in France mobilizing their workforce and partners.

 

Brooks Brothers is converting its New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts factories to make masks and gowns, producing 150,000 masks per day as well as protective gowns.

 

Under Armour will produce 500,000 masks and 1,000 face shields and thousands of hospital gowns in its Baltimore facility.

 

Fanatics has converted its factory in Easton, Pa., into making medical masks and gowns for hospital workers. Fanatics and MLB are taking on the cost of production with plans to produce 1 million masks and gowns.

 

Nike is working with Oregon Health & Science University on a medical face shield prototype for hospital workers. The retailer also donated $7 million to support the OHSU’s COVID-19 response.

 

Joann Fabrics and  Neiman Marcus have partnered to make masks and gowns. In addition, Joann Fabrics recently announced that it would give away free fabric, elastic and other necessary materials to customers willing to make homemade masks for donation to hospitals. The company will offer curbside pickup of its mask-making kits, with enough materials for five masks.

 

The PVH Foundation is committing $1M toward COVID-19 relief, including a $100,000 donation to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund created by the United Nations Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, benefitting World Health Organization. The retailer also started shipping more than 2 million units of Personal Protective Equipment, which includes isolation gowns, masks and face shields to the Montefiore Health System in New York to support health-care workers.

 

Ralph Lauren  announced that the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation would set aside $10 million for causes related to the coronavirus. They will also make 250,000 masks and 25,000 isolation medical gowns in the U.S.

 

L.L.Bean is making masks using dog bed materials. One shift is producing 5K a day and should be adding another by week’s end.

 

New balance has shifted their efforts from shoes to manufacturing masks.

 

Canada Goose is manufacturing medical gear for health-care workers at two of its facilities next week, including Winnipeg.

 

Eileen Fisher announced on March 25 that they would produce gowns, masks and other medical gear, in partnership with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and the New York City Economic Development Corp.

 

Gap, Inc., will make masks, gowns and scrubs at its partner factories. They plan to deliver millions of PPEs (personal protective equipment) in California

 

Lafayette 148 New York, is partnering with the Economic Development Corporation and the Brooklyn Navy Yard to produce surgical gowns.

 

Los Angeles Apparel aims to produce 300,000 medical masks and 50,000 hospital gowns per week, free to Los Angeles hospitals or available for purchase to consumers.

 

Christian Siriano has offered his sewing team to make medical masks in New York. Sirano has already produced a prototype but he plans to make several versions to fit people with varying needs.

 

Zara announced March 18 that it will produce hospital gowns and surgical masks for patients and medical workers. The company said it has already donated 10,000 masks and expects to deliver 300,000 additional masks by the end of the week.

 

Tailored Brands recently announced it brought back a large portion of its furloughed employees to produce 50,000 washable face masks over the next few weeks.

The massive list of retailers that are pivoting their manufacturing efforts into PPE and face mask production operations is astounding and growing every day. The more retailers that band together to fight against COVID-19 and help our front-line healthcare professionals, the faster we will save lives and gather together again. Hats off to you, our fearless and strategic industry leaders!