With COVID-19 raging in countries like Spain and Italy, and quickly spreading in the UK, Germany, the U.S. and many other nations, international brands have now started to turn their production to manufacturing face masks, and in some cases, other protective gear, for health care workers.
Here’s what some brands are doing
H&M - will use it's entire global supply chain to make protective masks and overalls for healthcare workers.
LVMH – supply French authorities with 40 million face masks on order from China.
Kering – ordered 3 million face masks from China to donate to French hospitals.
Mango – will donate 2 million face masks to Spanish hospitals.
Zara – donate 10,000 masks with 30, 000 more coming.
Prada – will make 110,000 masks by April 6 for Italian hospitals. It is also making 80,000 protective overalls.
Miroglio Group has retooled to make washable cotton masks for people on the frontlines.
Moncler – donated Euro 10 million to the construction of a hospital in Milan.
Prada co-CEO’s Patrizio Bertelli and Miuccia Prada have donated two new intensive care units.
Donatella Versace last week pledged more than $200,000 to the intensive care unit of Milan’s San Raffaele hospital.
Mayhoola, the parent company of Valentino and Balmain pledged $2m to the coronavirus effort.
Giorgio Armani donated $1.4 million to four of Italy’s hospitals.
Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri, gave $100,000 to hospitals.
Christian Siriano is one of a growing number of U.S. indie brands and designers who have turned to manufacturing face masks to help make up for shortages at hospitals.
Karla Colletto has offered its Virginia, USA factory to make masks.