Michael Drummond, a designer at the Saint Louis Fashion Fund, is leading a group of 10 out-of-work designers to sew 14,000 face masks over the next 45 days to help fight the spread of COVID-19. The masks are reusable and will come in a variety of sizes.
The masks meet Centers for Disease Control standards and can be worn by frontline workers at grocery stores, area hospitals, and small patient care facilities. Dr. Kumiko T. Shimoda, an Anesthesiologist at St. Luke’s Hospital, in St. Louis, Missouri, advised the Missouri team on the design of the masks.
“We can’t thank Dr. Shimoda enough for her incredible guidance and attention to our mask design,” said Drummond. “I also want to thank our extraordinary team of sewers who are rising to this occasion to step up their cut and sew efforts to meet the challenge of this medical crisis.”
The Saint Louis Fashion Fund supports emerging designers and promotes fashion education and outreach in Saint Louis. It serves as a fashion retail and education hub for the local design community, as well as a catalyst for attracting full-scale garment manufacturing and production to the downtown area.