Designer brand Louis Vuitton starts making masks, hospital gowns for coronavirus outbreak

Designer brand Louis Vuitton starts making masks, hospital gowns for coronavirus outbreak
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Luxury brand Louis Vuitton announced this week that it is converting its workshops to produce nonsurgical face masks and hospital gowns to help during the coronavirus pandemic. 

In an announcement Thursday, the company said workshops were being converted to mass produce the much-needed supplies, noting that some changes have already been made in French workshops and 50,000 gowns have already been donated to Paris hospital staff.

According to the Dallas News, a factory in Johnson County, Texas,  as well as workshops in New Jersey and California, will also be used to produce masks, which will be distributed in the U.S. 

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“Masks will be donated and distributed in states currently most heavily impacted by COVID-19, and Louis Vuitton will partner with local organizations in each state leading the COVID-19 response effort,” the company said.

The masks being produced are cotton, washable and reusable. Workers at the facilities will social distance and the company said it is taking precautions to keep employees safe. 

The announcement comes a month after the designer's parent company LVMH, which is behind brands including Louis Vuitton, Dior and Givenchy, said it would convert perfume and cosmetics factories to produce hand sanitizer.