As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the country, companies and individuals are stepping up to provide materials and supplies to healthcare workers and others in need. Schumacher, the iconic textile house that's produced collections from the likes of Josef Frank and Libertine's Jonathan Hartig, is the latest to mobilize its company to assist.
As of this week, Schumacher has donated over 600 yards of fabric to a variety of recipients. The company shipped 500 yards to the Woodard Furniture factory in Michigan, where design Jean Liu has overseen the transition to manufacturing masks. They've also sent 50 yards to weaver Stephanie Seal Brown, who is putting together packets of materials for those interested in sewing from home.
In addition, the company is working with Matouk to produce masks in their factory, which Schumacher plans to distribute in New York City.
"We’re an American company, founded more than 130 years ago in New York City, and pitching in to do whatever we can to help this country is always our top priority during difficult times," says Timur Yumusaklar, the company's president and CEO.
"I have two siblings working in the ER and both are exhausted and under-protected while I am sitting on my hands at home," Brown says. "I feel there is a ton we can do in the design field to help those doing the frontline work."
Indeed, Schumacher has a history of giving back during hard times: During World War II, the company manufactured parachute cloth for the U.S. military. "Now we’re grateful that we can use our goods to help meet the dire need for critical supplies," Yumusaklar says. "Community is at the core of everything we do, and we believe that the best way to get through this is for all of us to stick together and support one another at every opportunity."
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