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A number of French fashion houses have announced they will be producing coronavirus masks
Design houses Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga will shift their attentions from high fashion to producing surgical face masks to aid the global coronavirus assault, their parent company Kering said.
In a statement posted on its website, Kering said:
The French workshops of Kering’s houses Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent are preparing to manufacture masks while complying with the strictest health protection measures for their staff members.
Kering also said it would purchase three million masks from China and import them for the French health services.
Another Kering company, Gucci, has committed to donating 1.1 million masks and 55,000 protective medical gowns to aid Italy’s fight against the coronavirus, the statement said.
Kering’s French rival, LVMH, has for its part launched into the production of sanitising hand gel for hospitals at three perfume and cosmetics factories in France.
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