Healthcare laundry workers across all NHS and care home processing sites will soon been getting up close and personal with some pretty stylish PPE.
Carrington Textiles is supplying over 30,000 metres of specialised healthcare fabric to big fashion names including David Nieper, John Smedley, Maria Grachvogel and Reiss as the UK unites to fight Covid-19.
As well as helping local sewing groups around the country with donations to make scrubs, Carrington Textiles has supported fashion brands around the country as they repurpose their production lines to make personal protective equipment (PPE) for the NHS and wider healthcare sector.
Over 30,000 metres of Carrington’s specialised poly-cotton healthcare fabric in more than 10 colours have been supplied to these fashion labels as they adapt their production facilities for making scrub suits, surgical gowns and clinical hoods. The fabrics are industrially launderable which means garments can be reused avoiding the environmental impact disposable PPE can cause.
A family business with 5 factories based in Derbyshire, that has been designing and manufacturing high-end ladies fashion for almost 60 years, is working with all the major Midlands hospital trusts including Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire to provide frontline staff with high quality PPE. Over 18,000 metres of Carrington Textiles fabric from its stretch range Xtraflex and Idra, as well as one of its best selling poly-cotton products for healthcare Undara, were supplied to David Nieper as the company turned its production lines to produce much-needed PPE.
John Smedley is opening a special area of the factory that will be dedicated to creating medical grade fabric scrubs garments for the NHS, care homes and other businesses in need. All garments will be donated free of charge to local hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes in the East Midlands and London areas as part of the Emergency Design Network. The fabrics selected are two of Carrington Textiles most popular products for healthcare, Cooltex Lite and Teredo, of which they received more than 1,800 metres for their first order.
British fashion designer with boutiques in London and Singapore, Grachvogel designs to many famous faces under her own label and is well-know for her shows at London Fashion Week.
Grachvogel repurposed her team in London and using Carrington Textiles stretch poly cotton Salo, the designer was able to create scrubs for local hospitals.
Fashion brand Reiss in response to the shortage of PPE for the NHS has also taken steps to utilise its supply chain, stores and partners to help support the production and distribution of scrubs to hospitals across the UK. Over 5,000 metres of Carrington Textiles best elling poly-cotton Teredo were supplied to the fashion retailer to produce the garments.