Columbus Fashion Council, small businesses and fashion designers step up to fulfill mask shortage

Some of the designers making masks include Columbus-based Gerardo Encinas, Joan Madison and Matt Chess & Rian Ismadia and Quintessa Dionne.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of business are stepping up.

Some are donating products and others are donating money.

Thomas McClure from the Columbus Fashion Council and Lubna Najjar with IL Moda Brand Development explain how the fashion industry is stepping up in a big way to help people get masks.

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So far 5,000 masks have been secured to be made with a manufacturing partner in Bangladesh at a certified factory.

Some of the businesses who have donated money to make that possible include, IL Moda Brand Development, Moby Dick Media, Ptula LLC, Minkas Furs, Side Hustle Ink and Apparel, DigiCrush, Matt Chess and Laith Khalaf.

Some of the designers making masks include Columbus based Gerardo Encinas, Joan Madison and Matt Chess & Rian Ismadia and Quintessa Dionne.

New York based designer Alex Vinash is also stepping up to help the Columbus Fashion Council in the donation effort. Designer Adolfo Sanchez has also joined in the mission contribute to the new initiative to help relieve the shortage in masks.

CFC encourages fashion designers and those with sewing skills to join this initiative.

Columbus Fashion Council COVID-19 page