Neiman Marcus & Jo-Ann Fabrics Are Working Together to Make Apparel for Medical Workers


During the coronavirus crisis, hospitals and medical facilities are facing an enormens shortage of needed supplies. and Neiman Marcus Group and Jo-Ann Fabrics are working together to help.

As hospitals and medical facilities grapple with short supplies of PPE, numerous fashion players have offered to convert their supply chains, ateliers and factories to help meet demand. Christian Siriano, Brandon Maxwell and Prabal Gurung are among the New York based designers who are now making medical supplies.

In Europe, luxury conglomerates LVMH (Chaumet, Christian Dior, Celine, Bvlgari, Givenchy, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, to name a few), and Kering (Boucheron, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Ulysse Nardin to name just a few) have both pledged to contribute millions of masks, shipped from China, to aid in France’s relief efforts. Kering’s Balenciaga and Saint Laurent workshops will begin making masks after they receive approval from the relevant authorities. Major beauty companies, like Clarins, started to repurpose their manufacturing facilities to make hand sanitizer.

We’re incredibly proud to share that during this time of great need we’ve partnered with JOANN Stores to produce nonsurgical, personal protective equipment including masks, gowns, and scrubs beginning this week for front-line healthcare providers. We’re doing what we can to giveback and stop the spread of Covid-19.

Geoffrey van Raamsdonck, CEO and Chairmann Neiman Marcus

Beginning today, Neiman Marcus Group’s alterations facilities are receiving product from Jo-Ann to start creating personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gowns and scrubs for use by health-care providers. Jo-Ann is shipping fabric and materials recommended for medical settings, although the products are not medical grade. Employees in NMG’s alterations facilities will follow recommended social-distancing guidelines while creating the products.

The partnership between Neiman Marcus Group and Jo-Ann was created to help fill part of the immediate need of materials for medical personnel. Both companies have stepped up to this global and national crisis in support of those who are holding the front line of this pandemic. Any company that has the ability to manufacture medical materials should manufacture right now. The first batch of PPE is expected to be sent out this week, and the two companies will be paying for shipping and delivery themselves.

In addition to its partnership with Neiman Marcus, Jo-Ann is offering free kits to customers who want to make face masks. The retailer is giving away supplies including fabric, elastic and other materials; customers are instructed to drop off completed masks at their local stores, which serve as collection points.

Internationally, there have been more than 436,000 registered confirmed cases of the coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins data. The virus has so far killed over registrated 19,600 people. These numbers do not include people who have been tested, including, for example homeless people. Or elderly people who live together in a care home and died there from COVID-19 complains, but not have been tested.