If you don't know the iconic Martinique pattern from the Beverly Hills Hotel, you'll likely recognize it from one iconic bedroom on Golden Girls. Soon, the tropical leaf print will be showing up on a more unexpected place: face masks.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the U.S., players in the design world are coming together to make masks, gowns, hospital furniture, and more to address a shortage in the medical community. Last week, three companies joined forces to contribute to the efforts. Dallas designer Caitlin Wilson, CW Stockwell CEO Katy Polsby, and Caitlin Wilson's managing director Christopher Donnelly—whose husband Jerry Delgado founded bag company Delgado NYC—all met while working at Serena & Lily several years ago. With the news of mask shortages stoking fears about COVID-19, the three decided to combine their assets.
"Our friends at Delgado NYC, a great bag company based in New York and Dallas, had elastic and a team of sewers ready to make masks—they just needed fabric," Wilson tells House Beautiful. Well, Wilson, who has a home textile and decor line in addition to her interiors business, has fabric.
So does Polsby. "I had access to materials, resources and people with know-how that could actually produce something that would be functional in this crisis," she says. "Given that we are now facing many challenges with our 'normal' way of running our business, this just helps me feel like I'm being proactive in one small way in the face of otherwise completely uncharted territory."
"We have a lot of yardage from years past at CW Stockwell," she explains "I've been saving it just knowing the right moment would come to do something with it." Polsby had already made up her mind that she would donate it to mask-making efforts in some way (and had her team making up prototypes in their Los Angeles factory) when she connected with Delgado and Wilson. "We realized it would make the most sense for us to collaborate, with the idea that we could have a larger collective impact," Says Polsby.
The trio aims to churn out at least 2,000 masks, which will each feature either Martinique or a Caitlin Wilson pattern, backed with a cotton twill. Since they will continue to pay the sewers in CW Stockwell's factory a living wage, they've also set up a GoFundMe page to help cover this cost. Click here to donate.
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