Farmworkers are among the many unsung heroes whose essential jobs now pose a serious health risk, and a group of Los Angeles-based fashion companies has joined forces to support them — while also providing jobs to local apparel factory workers in safe working environments. In partnership with the United Farm Workers Union, CVRD is offering non-medical face masks and other PPE made from the same fabrics used by brands beloved by stars and luxury fashion houses.
The coalition includes clothing manufacturer 9B Apparel; celeb-loved womenswear label Dra; family-owned textile company Nouveau Fabrics; and Rendall Co., created by the co-founder of NYC-based luxury workwear brand Jones of Boerum Hill, a favorite of Chanel, Le Labo, Eataly, and other luxe labels. All inventory is designed and made in L.A. in a city-approved facility, and for every one mask sold, another will be donated to a farmworker.
On offer on CVRD's site are washable stretch and pleated face masks for adults ($20 to $25 for two) and kids ($22.50 for three) available in printed cotton jersey used in high-end children's clothing; eco-friendly Tencel, a plant-based material that's antimicrobial and antibacterial; and water-repellent twill fabric, which was "was chosen for its breathability and moisture-wicking."
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Options include filter pockets and adjustable nose clips, and kids styles are form-fitting. Dra is also offering floral face coverings in linen and silk ($20), and Rendall Co.'s Sentry and Ace masks ($19) are made from indigo chambray and denim in chic solid and striped options.
It's worth noting that all workers are paid fair wages, and the production facility follows all Covid-19 guidelines, including proper workspace distancing and sanitizing stations. The organization also offers bulk orders for small to medium-sized businesses, and they'll soon be manufacturing medical gowns. Shop them all online at CVRD, Dra, and Rendall Co.