Designer bag and luggage brands are unpacking their inventories to make the lives of hardworking health-care employees easier during the coronavirus pandemic.
American luggage label Tumi is donating 400 waist packs to emergency room and intensive care unit workers at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, with delivery set for next week.
“The staffs of NY Presbyterian, as in most other hospitals, are working 12-hour shifts each day and hardly have time to grab a meal, let alone head back to their lockers for any forgotten items,” the brand said in a statement. “Tumi is proud to continue the fight against COVID-19 and support our medical professionals by helping to ensure they have what they need in order to care for their patients and themselves.”
Also making a fashionable bag donation is Hannah Fastov, the 29-year-old entrepreneur behind the NYC-based backpack, tote and gym-bag brand Go Dash Dot.
After hearing from a Nashville nurse — who praised the company’s many-pocketed utilitarian bags, which she fills with saline and other supplies during her rounds — Fastov announced Thursday that she will donate her entire inventory to medical personnel in New York. In addition, 10% of Go Dash Dot online sales will go toward relief for first responders.
They join other brands offering helpful gear to medical workers, including Universal Standard and Nike, who are donating cozy duds and creating face shields, respectively.