Prabal Gurung has pledged to begin making medical supplies amid the coronavirus crisis.
In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, the Nepalese-American designer took to Instagram on Monday to announce that he is preparing his workshop and staff members to start manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE).
Responding to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's call for fashion industry leaders to help make medical masks last week, Gurung wants to do all he possibly can to help.
"The PG team has been working tirelessly over the course of the last week to finalise an actionable plan to manufacture PPE for medical workers and first responders who are on the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis," he wrote. "As a brand that produces over 90 per cent of our collections in NY, our goal is not only to fill the void of critical PPE, but to mobilise our domestic partners, revitalising U.S. producers and suppliers. While we are eager to share our progress with you all, the coronavirus crisis is ever evolving, and as new information is revealed, so are new FDA and state regulations. In this moment, credible and validated information is of the utmost importance for the advancement of all Covid-19 relief efforts."
Gurung went on to note that he is in contact with Cuomo's team and employees at local hospitals to figure out exactly what supplies are required.
"We are currently working in partnership with @nygovcuomo office & local hospitals to secure clearance to produce, and ensure the viability of our output," the 40-year-old added.
Other fashion designers, including Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell, are also looking to make medical masks for hospital workers, while executives at major conglomerates such as Kering and Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have unveiled plans to supply millions of masks to workers in France.
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