Two big names in fashion are filling the gap as hospitals grow desperate for medical gear.
Gap Inc. — the parent company of Old Navy, Athleta, Banana Republic, Gap, Janie and Jack, and Intermix — temporarily shuttered its stores across North America on March 19, and is now converting its factories to help make personal protective equipment for health-care workers.
The American clothing conglomerate announced on Wednesday via Twitter that it will tap its extra garment supplies to manufacture millions of masks, gowns and scrubs for California medical centers battling the coronavirus.
Canada Goose, famous for its luxury parkas, also announced Wednesday that it will use the brand’s Toronto and Winnipeg facilities to produce scrubs and gowns for hospitals across Canada — free of charge.
The two companies join other fashion forces who’ve dashed to the rescue of doctors and nurses. NYC-based designers Brandon Maxwell and Christian Siriano are both in the process of crafting medical-grade masks to help address massive shortages in New York state.