Fashion tech company N.A.bld has pivoted its on-demand U.S. manufacturing platform to help address the face mask shortage amid the current pandemic. Beginning March 21, N.A.bld mobilized their network of partner small-batch manufacturers across the United States to produce cotton face masks. To date, N.A.bld has given 5,300 masks and received requests for 18,900.
N.A.bldâ€™s platform allows manufacturers and sewing hobbyists to access a full tech pack for a fabric face mask, step-by-step instructions, a printable pattern, and support resources free of charge so masks can be made in the safety of oneâ€™s home.
â€śJust as the American fashion industry came together in World War II to sew uniforms for soldiers, we are mobilizing the apparel industry to come together to protect our frontline in this war against COVID-19,â€ť stated Co-Founder and CEO Amanda Curtis.
Amanda Curtis launched the initiative after her husband â€” a doctor on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic â€” was informed by the CDC to be prepared to bring a bandana to work as the national supply of N95 and sterile surgical masks diminish.
The public can also purchase a face mask for themselves while donating face masks to centers of need.
N.A.bld is currently receiving requests for donations and you can help today by giving to their Buy a Mask, Give a Mask program. The CDC has recommended that everyone wear non-medical face masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19, so this is a great way to get masks for your loved ones and those in need. Additional information available here.