Christian Siriano Offers to Make Masks for New York Medical Workers Amid Shortage
Christian Siriano has figured out a way to give back to New York in its time of need.
On Friday, the 34-year-old designer offered his sewing services after hearing that medical workers were short on masks amid the coronavirus outbreak.
"If @NYGovCuomo says we need masks my team will help make some. I have a full sewing team still on staff working from home that can help," he tweeted.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to the message, writing: "We're in contact with @CSiriano. Appreciate his help so much. Who's next? Let's do this together, NY!"
Corey Johnson, speaker of the New York City Council, also reacted to Siriano's act of kindness, tweeting: "Thank you @CSiriano! Who else can help? We are #OneNewYork."
The Project Runway star later shared a video of what the masks look like. "We will be making a few versions of this in order to help as many people as we can. Here is the process so we can get a perfect fit. More to come thank you everyone we hope to get these to the right people ASAP," he tweeted.
Siriano's offer to make masks comes after Cuomo addressed the public on Friday and asked businesses to help manufacture some of the medical supplies that were needed, specifically masks, gloves and gowns.
"If you can make them, we will give you the funding to do it," he said. "I'm asking businesses to get creative."
Any business interested in setting up new operations for making masks should contact Empire State Development at 212-803-3100. Companies that already make masks or other necessary supplies and want to sell them to the state should contact Cuomo’s office at 646-522-8477.
Siriano isn't the only one in the fashion industry stepping up. Ashton Martin from Netflix's Next In Fashion is also making masks.
"?ASSIST HOW YOU CAN ? . ASHTON MICHAEL is focusing on those who need assistance the most. While we should all be following the polices of quarantine and isolation , aiding in preventing this spread is a concern for us. We are taking the utmost precautions and focusing on the elderly community and organizations and communities in need," he shared on Instagram.
Meanwhile, LVMH, a French multinational corporation and conglomerate specializing in luxury goods including Louis Vuitton, has started making hand sanitizer in its Dior perfume facilities.
"Given the risk of a shortage of hydroalcoholic gel in France, Bernard Arnault instructed the LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics business to manufacture within their production sites as much gel as needed to support the public authorities," the company shared on Instagram. "Since Monday, the gel has been delivered free of charge daily to the French health authorities and as a priority to the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris."
A few days later, Brandon Maxwell announced that his team too would be making gowns and masks for doctors and nurses. "In response to this global crisis, we are now focusing our creative efforts on manufacturing PPE, starting with gowns," he tweeted. “We have spent the last week researching the appropriate medical textiles to create these gowns and are proud to provide these much needed items to the doctors and nurses on the front lines of this crisis.”
Another brand giving back in the fashion world is Ralph Lauren that donated $10 million to coronavirus relief efforts.
"Now more than ever, supporting each other in this time of need has become our mission," reads an official statement from the Ralph Lauren brand. "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."
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