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Women Designers working to meet critical needs

April 7, OK彩票
Author: YKK
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We’re inspired by the work of many companies and independent designers that have come together during these difficult times to help their community members, especially those in the healthcare industry. In this installment of our Women Designers Series, we’re highlighting the work of women designers who have shifted their production and business model to lend a helping hand amid the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Atlanta-based designer Shadé Olabisi, founder of has started a new line of fashionable face masks available to purchase on her website. Parts of the proceeds is being used to purchase more material to donate masks to medical facilities. The designer shared on an Instagram post on April 5 that more than 150 masks have already been donated.

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Leigh Metcalf, founder of, has rallied her entire crew, including instructors and students, to make face masks that will be donated to health care workers. The team has also started a collaborative online sewing community called ” where sewists can collaborate and stay engaged with the community while learning how to make face masks.


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Fashion designer Yoko Katz, , a fashion brand that aims to bring circularity to the forefront of the fashion industry, has also developed a new line of facial masks with all proceeds going to support the brand’s employees’ who are resettled refugees in Athens, Greece.

Elena Carne, founder of has organized a team of community volunteers in Americus, GA, to help make more than 4,000 masks that will be donated to the The entrepreneur has also started a a page to help raise funds to make additional masks that will be sent out to healthcare workers in Chicago, Miami, Michigan and Virginia.