Over the past few weeks, we have gone from brands pushing designer face masks to other brands actually making them for New York hospitals and healthcare works as they face an alarming shortage.
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Christian Siriano, who has long been known for coming to the rescue of celebs in need of designer diversity, answered the call for faces mask. On Friday, he tweeted that his sewing team was available to make bespoke masks for New York and Gov. Andrew Cuomo took him up on his offer.
Hours later, Christian posted a pic of the FDA-approved masks in plastic bags, captioned, “Prototypes are happening — more updates by next week.” The masks are designed to be washed and reused.
He’s not the only fashion label to take join the cause. Los Angeles Apparel, founded by the former head of American Apparel, is already making surgical masks and will start making hospital gowns on Monday.
The New York Times reported the brand will soon be producing 300,000 masks and 50,000 gowns a week. They are also selling basic face masks for customers online.
They join a growing group of volunteers across the country who have already been making and donating masks — including a Virginia teen who has been 3-D printing masks at home.