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Australian fashion industry has good plans to tackle mask shortages

Australian fashion industry has good plans to tackle mask shortages

The only things which can help you fight the virus outbreak are social distancing and clean masks. With this said, it looks like the whole world is running out of virus protective masks. So the Australian fashion industry is trying to pitch-in and help combat the coronavirus crisis, taking its expertise to Canberra to make masks and other protective gear.

A reputed denim brand has discussed with the Federal Government to convert its factory to manufacture facial masks and surgical-grade gowns during the virus outbreak. Denim co-founder John Condilis said the jeans brand had already held discussions with the Federal Government about the possibility of using its Melbourne facility.

Nobody’s factory—located in Melbourne’s Thornbury—had the capacity to manufacture 12,000 masks and up to 5000 surgical gowns per week. It currently makes about 3000 pairs of denim jeans with 50 garment machinists in the same time frame, as said by Condilis.

The company has developed prototypes of masks that could be readily supplied to hospitals and other healthcare centres. “We reached out to the Federal Government and have had discussions with them to assess our capabilities, and to see what the next steps will be,” Condilis told News Corp exclusively.

As a contributing hand to fight the cause, Condilis said, “Retail has pretty much come to a halt, I thought about it—what else do people need? We’ve got the facility, we’ve got the skill set, if we don’t, we’ll learn. We’re here to help. No one knows where it (coronavirus) is going – where it will end up.”

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