These Masks Were Offered by the Fashion Designers

Since the onset of the Codid-19 pandemic, and amid controversy over its widespread use, we were aware of the importance of the mask as a barrier or shield between us and the rest of the people who were possibly healthy or sick, displaying or not symptoms in public. The medical community more or less maintained that the wearer is protecting others, while most other people believed that they are protected from others’ unexpected cough or sneeze and the innocent or dangerous droplets released in the air as a result of that. Experts also supported the idea that medical-grade or surgical masks are for all of us while respirator masks such as the N95 type are needed by doctors, nurses, and hospital staff that are interacting with patients tested positive for the dubious novel coronavirus. Social distancing helps yet people feel definitely safer when their are wearing even the simplest non-medical mask. With their showrooms shut down and their employees isolating in various locations, designers decided to offer their remote resources for the benefit of the community. As masters in pattern-making, many American designers invented comfortable and stylish shapes for their masks – some of them even shared all the tips/process – and asked from their seamstresses to sew them from fabrics available already as inventory or leftovers in their ateliers. Creativity channeled towards good, is the best news we can get in the middle of a crisis. Once again fashion gives back to the community in a tangible way. Some of the masks were given to their customers, others to people in need, and a great part to nurses and all those working for American hospitals that are lacking infrastructure or are running out of resources. With a great degree of optimism and appreciation, let’s pay homage to these generous creatives and their valuable contributions.

Tanya Taylor teamed up with their trusted local factories to create 5,000 masks for the hospitals. The designer is additionally asking for your tiny donation so that she keeps on sewing new masks to alleviate the burden existing due to limited supplies.

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HELP US MAKE MASKS 💜🙌🌟The spread of COVID-19 has affected everyone, especially the brave healthcare professionals of New York City where we call home. Last week we came together as a team and partnered with our domestic factories to put 5,000 non-medical grade masks into production. All of these locally-sewn masks will be sent to New York City hospitals to help reduce the strain on supplies 🏩 But we’re not stopping there – we want to make 5,000 more but we need your help to reach this goal. Whether you donate $3 or $300 (each mask costs $3 to make), your contribution will not only help the medical workers of New York City, but will also give work to the local factories sewing the masks. To donate, simply click the link in our bio, select the quantity you’d like to donate, add it to your bag, and checkout as you would normally do. 100% of donations will go to the creation and distribution of non-medical grade masks in New York City. Help us spread the word and reach our goal by sharing this post to your story with the hashtag #MakeAMask ❤️

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At Glady Stamez Millinery expertise for headpieces is channeled towards the creation of ultra-stylish silk masks. The CFDA member posted some amazing leopard print styles and is also giving part of the sales to feed children in need via the @blessingsinabackpack organization.

Favorite LA brand Chrome Hearts is currently creating masks and in general protective equipment for healthcare workers in their factory with the help of their volunteering employees.

At Brooks Brothers some of their tie-producing factories shifted into facilities that are currently manufacturing 150,000 masks per day and potentially more protective equipment. To battle Covid-19 on a national level they also partnered with the CEO members of the coordinating actions across states and organizations.

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This week we are in the process of converting our New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts factories from manufacturing ties, shirts and suits to now making masks and gowns. We plan to use these facilities to produce up to 150,000 masks per day on an ongoing basis, to help increase access to protective gear for health care workers and others battling the spread of COVID-19 at the nation’s hospitals and other facilities. We expect to soon begin production on protective gowns as well. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Over the past two weeks, we have been in direct contact with Federal and State officials, task forces, several major hospital systems, and other municipalities and organizations. As part of this effort, Brooks Brothers has partnered with, a coalition of volunteer CEOs working in Washington, D.C. and around the U.S. to catalyze actions and support the government in response to COVID-19. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For more than 200 years, we’ve been at the forefront of tackling some of the nation’s most critical issues – from our support of the Red Cross Society in 1898 – to crafting U.S. military uniforms from the Civil War through today. We currently support numerous national and local charities with a focus on health and well-being. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “We consider this a duty, and part of our DNA at Brooks Brothers. We are deeply grateful to the medical personnel at the frontlines who are fighting the pandemic, and we are honored to do our part and join our peers in retail to provide protective masks that our healthcare system critically needs.” ––Claudio Del Vecchio, CEO

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Monique Péan ordered N99 military grade masks when she first heard about the virus to donate them to doctors in need. The ethical fine jewelry designer is also urging us to contribute via

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As I celebrate my birthday today on quarantine day 18, I am ever thankful for doctors, medical workers, emergency workers, essential workers, my health, my family, my friends, my team, the incredible supporters and collectors of my work, and the many global citizens who are passionate about our collective community. I ordered N99 military grade masks when I first learned about Covid-19, and will be donating them to doctors in need starting with my good friend, Dr. Erica Farrand, pulmonologist and critical care physician who specializes in managing advanced lung diseases. She, like many healthcare workers, is on the front lines helping to keep us all safe. Thank you to everyone who is helping to keep us safe and shelter us through these unprecedented times! Here’s what you can do to help: – Visit to see how you can help healthcare workers on the front lines (link in bio). – Email the White House and ask for the President to use the Defense Production Act to get more PPE to our healthcare workers – visit #TogetherAtHome #StayHome #GetUsPPE

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Always technical and detail-oriented designer Marcia Patmos of M.Patmos tested meticulously a new prototype of a mask to be sold online with 10% of the sales promised to Food Bank For New York City.

Commando is highlighting one of their employees helping with the sewing of masks that will be donated. The intimates and luxury tech-fashion basics brand is also asking us to nominate a nurse that might get from them a $200 gift card as a ‘thank you’ gesture.

Pamela Love addresses jewelry & crafts studios who might have some N95 masks previously used by the employees as protection from chemicals and asks them to donate them to doctors. She found in her studio some as well, and she offers to help with picking up other studios’ long-forgotten life-saving equipment and deliver it to various medical facilities.

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Hi guys this post is for everyone but particularly the community of jewelers, crafts people and makers here in nyc- like PL studios most of you use some sort of n95 mask or face respirator in the studio- last year we moved offices and put boxes of unused masks into storage. I’ve been trying to locate them with very little success. Here’s what i found so far- I’m going to be donating them to elmhurst hospital in queens- the medical staff there is seriously running low on protection for themselves. So- even if you have only a few masks, please message me or reach out to @michelletillou she’s is making this very easy- someone will come pick them up from you – if you are in the greenpoint, Williamsburg or buswick area let me know and i can come get them. I’m trying to consolidate as much as possible so they don’t have to run all over the place. Even if you have some that have been touched they can be wiped down with alcohol and used. Ok. That’s all i have for now. Love Pam.

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At Ralph Lauren the $10 million donation is accompanied with an initiative involving the creation of 250,000 masks and 25,000 isolation gowns in collaboration with the CFDA.

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We recognize with deep gratitude the extraordinary courage and contributions of frontline workers around the world. To help protect them and the many other heroes on our front lines, the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation has partnered with the @CFDA Foundation to donate 250,000 masks and 25,000 isolation gowns. These past two weeks, we have transformed part of our supply chain to start manufacturing machine-washable masks and isolation gowns with several of our factory partners in the U.S. We will start delivering these masks and gowns this week. Thank you to our teams, our suppliers, and the many others who have helped make this project possible. To find out how you can also take action and support health workers on the front lines, visit #WHWWeek

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In partnership with the Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo, designer Prabal Gurung is manufacturing PPE for medical workers and first responders and at the same time is mobilizing local producers and suppliers to contribute.

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The PG team has been working tirelessly over the course of the last week to finalize an actionable plan to manufacture PPE for medical workers and first responders who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. As a brand that produces over 90% of our collections in NY, our goal is not only to fill the void of critical PPE, but to mobilize our domestic partners, revitalizing US producers and suppliers. While we are eager to share our progress with you all, the Coronavirus crisis is ever evolving, and as new information is revealed, so are new FDA and state regulations. In this moment, credible and validated information is of the utmost importance for the advancement of all COVID-19 relief efforts. We are currently working in partnership with @nygovcuomo office & local hospitals to secure clearance to produce, and ensure the viability of our output. More updates to follow!

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Sustainable designer Eileen Fisher tested materials and patterns for masks and PPE with the help of their seamstresses to be donated to frontline workers.

Lisa Marie Fernandez is also shifting their ateliers into mask and hospital gown production facilities. The luxury resort wear company declares that we are all together in this.

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PLEASE READ…The Spring/Summer Collection is now live. View the complete collection on our website and on @voguerunway. We delayed releasing the new collection to the devastating Covid-19 crisis. LMF has been organizing mask and hospital gown production with our NYC factories. We will all get through this unimaginable time TOGETHER. It is important to stay positive, stay productive and dream of when this nightmare will be over. But one thing we can count on is that summer is right around the corner. And the sun and sea is free and the best medicine god has given us. For all of our beautiful #LMFgirlsONholiday that have lost their jobs, we want to hear from you. …LOVE, LISA MARIE #lisamariefernandez #MADEintheUSA

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Alice + Olivia also donates one mask for every mask they are selling with ultimate goal the donation of 100,000 masks. In this page (top right image) Creative Director Stacey Bendet is posing with her daughters in their fun mask styles. Get ready to shop for a cause!

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