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Somerset Collection Fashion Retailers Stand Up to COVID-19

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From “best-dressed” to “dressing our best,” Somerset Collection and several of our retailers have shifted their manufacturing and business focuses to assist in the global fight against COVID-19. During this time, we’d like to take the time to honor over two dozen of our fashion-based retailers, who are acting by donating their material, craftmanship and other resources to the cause.


Retailers who Create

  • The Armani Group (which includes Giorgio Armani, Armani Exchange, Emporio Armani) converted all its four Italian production sites to produce single-use medial overalls for the proper protection of healthcare providers fighting the coronavirus.
  • Brooks Brothers is converting its New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts factories from manufacturing ties, shirts and suits to now making masks and gowns. Brooks Brothers plan to use these facilities to produce up to 150,000 masks per day on an ongoing basis to help increase access to protective gear for health care workers and others battling the spread of COVID-19 at the nation’s hospitals and other facilities.
  • Burberry delivered 100,000 surgical masks and nonsurgical gowns for U.K. hospitals.
  • Gucci’s production facilities are set to make 1.1 million facemasks to aid Italy’s shortage of medical supplies and 55,000 pairs of hospital gowns.
  • Hugo Boss’ production facilities have manufactured 180,000 masks for medical professionals.
  • J. McLaughlin’s production facilities have created PPE masks for Masks 4 Medicine, a nonprofit that delivers critical medical supplies to frontline responders.
  • Lilly Pulitzer’s production facilities have used its excess material to make 27,500 masks for medical professionals.
  • Lucky Brand Jeans is giving fabric and funds to help with efforts to make more medical masks. The brand is donating denim yardage as well as $5,000 to the Suay Sew Shop to go towards producing 5,000 masks for pharmacies, grocery stores and delivery service workers.
  • LVMH, which includes Louis Vuitton, is manufacturing substantial quantities of hydroalcoholic gel and ordered 40 million face masks from China to help France’s shortage.
  • Ralph Lauren began creating 250,000 masks and 25,000 isolation gowns for medical professionals nationwide.
  • Salvatore Ferragamo’s production facilities created 100,000 TNT antibacterial masks and are providing 50,000 pieces of hand sanitizer and 3,000 FPP1 masks to the region of Tuscany.
  • Tory Burch is producing fabric masks as recommended by the CDC. Through their partnership with Bank of America, The Tory Burch Foundation is also continuing to provide loans to women entrepreneurs through Community Lenders nationwide.
  • Zara is gearing up a sizeable operation toward creating medical supplies.

Retailers who Donate

  • Anne Fontaine is gifting six healthcare heroes with a $250 e-gift card through its “Nominate Your Favorite Healthcare Worker” contest.
  • Burberry is funding research into a single-dose vaccine developed by the University of Oxford as well as donated to a variety of charities that are dedicating to tackling food poverty across the U.K.
  • Capri Holdings, which includes Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo & Versace, donated over $3 million in support of COVID-19 relief efforts.
  • Chico’s, White House | Black Market & Soma Intimates have supplied all their full and part-time associates with full pay for two weeks.
  • Gap Foundation, which includes Intermix, Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta, Janie & Jack, donated $1 million to a variety of worldwide non-profit organizations that support underserved families during the crisis, as well as one million masks and gowns to healthcare workers.
  • Genesco Inc, which include Journeys, has donated 25,000 square feet of its Tennessee’s distribution center to help the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
  • Gucci has also donated two million Euros to the Italian Civil Protection Department and the United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
  • Hermes donated $711,278 to the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which further promotes positive international relations and efforts against COVID-19.
  • Hugo Boss also donated 20% of online sales during the week of April 20th to the American Red Cross.
  • All J. Jill employees will continue to receive pay and, if applicable, benefits for their scheduled hours during the temporary closure period.
  • J. McLaughlin has also donated to the Front-Line Responders Fund, a fund transporting critical medical supplies to frontline responders.
  • Lucky Brand Jeans donated $5,000 to the Suay Sew House help with efforts to make more medical masks for pharmacies, grocery stores and delivery service workers. The brand also ordered 2,300 N95 masks from a Chinese facility to be distributed to local partners and hospitals.
  • MCM Worldwide also donated $143,000 to the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation.
  • Ralph Lauren committed $10 million to COVID 19 relief, which includes the CEO’s $1 million pay packet.
  • Tapestry, which includes Coach and Stuart Weitzman, is committing $2 million to New York City’s Small Business Continuity Fund through its Coach Foundation.
  • Ted Baker London created #FeedNHS, a nationwide initiative to raise money to feed the hardworking National Health Service workers in the U.K.
  • Additionally, Tory Burch is donating $5 million worth of sneakers, fanny packs and easy-to-clean clothing to 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East–the largest healthcare workers’ union. They are also donating needed materials for masks and hospital gowns in partnership with Catholic Health Services of Long Island, which services six New York hospitals.
  • Versace donated 200,000 euros to the ICU of Milan’s San Raffaele hospital, as well as $143,748 to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation.
  • Vineyard Vines will also continue paying teams for any previously scheduled shifts during this time.


The wellness and safety of our guests, retailers, team members and community are essential to us as we navigate through this unprecedented time. As always, we cherish your support and patronage; we look forward to seeing you soon.

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