Australia’s fashion industry is helping healthcare workers in the battle against coronavirus.
Australia's fashion industry is helping healthcare workers in the battle against coronavirus.
One of the country's oldest clothing companies, Cue, is leading the charge, re-purposing its resources to provide doctors and nurses with essentials.
The label's designs and manufacturing team, based in western Sydney, has pivoted from sewing work-wear to making much-needed medical scrubs.
"I just said, 'What is it you need? Give me a list'," executive director Melanie Levis told 9News.
"Production for Cue has stopped or is very limited, and we had a stock of fabric."
Cue is one of the last remaining brands to manufacture on Australian shores.
Following a supplied pattern, the aim is to produce 250 sets of unisex scrubs for frontline workers at St Vincent's Private Hospital.
In normal times, Cue Clothing Company has about 70 stand-alone stores, but all have been shuttered as a result of the pandemic.
The company now sees making scrubs as an extension of its mission, which is to use its resources to help those in need.
Meanwhile, fellow fashion brand Scanlan Theodore is now working on a hospital gown prototype.
And Spotlight will donate 10km of approved fabric to support the making of medical scrubs.
"During this global pandemic, I think this is the first time that retail and healthcare can really come together," Ms Levis said.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-cue-clothing-company-making-hospital-scrubs-health-workers/c9872183-05f1-4695-a86a-4ffe1bd2cd08