In response to the Covid-19 pandemic Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent are now using their workshops to create more protective masks. They released a statement with the full details, including plans to import the masks from China.
The Kering Group (their parent company) pledged its money towards buying three million masks for the French health service.
It will also make a donation to The Institut Pasteur biomedical research institute.
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Kering contributes to the fight against Covid-19. 3/3 All these contributions follow those already made in China and Italy in recent weeks. On March 11 in Italy, Kering and its Houses made donations to the four major foundation hospitals in Lombardy, Veneto, Tuscany and Lazio. More recently, @gucci responded to a call to fashion companies from the Regione Toscana for surgical masks and medical overalls, and could be able to donate 1.100.000 surgical masks and 55.000 medical overalls in the coming weeks, subject to relevant authorizations. On January 28 in China, Kering and its Houses announced a donation to the Hubei Red Cross Foundation to help fight the spread of the virus.
“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, with production getting under way as soon as the manufacturing process and materials have been approved by the relevant authorities”, said the Paris-based company.