BROOKS BROTHERS RESPONDS
TO NATIONAL CALL FOR
SUPPLIES FOR MEDICAL
PROFESSIONALS AND OTHERS IN NEED
Company to commence manufacturing
up to 150,000 surgical masks per day
at its own U.S. factories
NEW YORK, March 30, 2020 — Brooks Brothers (the “Company”), America’s oldest
retailer, today announced its response to the urgent call from the White House and other
state and local leaders for medical supplies. The Company is in the process of converting
its New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts factories from manufacturing ties,
shirts and suits to now making masks and gowns. Brooks Brothers plans to use these
facilities to produce up to 150,000 masks per day on an ongoing basis, to help increase
access to protective gear for health care workers and others battling the spread of
COVID-19 at the nation’s hospitals and other facilities. The company will also be
Over the past two weeks, the Company has been in direct contact with Federal and State
officials, task forces, several major hospital systems, and other municipalities and
organizations. As part of this effort, Brooks Brothers has partnered with Stop the Spread,
a coalition of volunteer CEOs working in Washington, D.C. and around the U.S. to
catalyze actions and support the government in response to COVID-19.
The Company has also partnered with leading universities recognized as centers for
excellence for both textiles and technology in order to develop the prototypes. Brooks
Brothers has been working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to
expedite the approval process.
For more than 200 years, Brooks Brothers has been at the forefront of tackling some of
the nation’s most critical issues – from its support of the Red Cross Society in 1898 – to
crafting U.S. military uniforms from the Civil War through today. The Company
currently supports numerous national and local charities with a focus on health and well-being.
“We consider this a duty, and part of our DNA at Brooks Brothers,” said Claudio Del
Vecchio, Chief Executive Officer. “These are challenging times that are impacting us all.
We are deeply grateful to the medical personnel at the frontlines who are fighting the
pandemic, and we are honored to do our part and join our peers in retail to provide
protective masks that our health care system critically needs. I also want to thank our
dedicated manufacturing employees who are returning to work as we reopen our
factories to make this possible.”
In addition to producing up to 150,000 masks per day, Brooks Brothers expects to soon
begin production on protective gowns.
To begin production, Brooks Brothers’ factory personnel who will be making masks are
set to return to their jobs this week following a two-week precautionary self-quarantine.
The Company is closely following public health guidance and will enforce federal
guidelines for sanitation and social distancing on-site at all facilities to protect
ABOUT BROOKS BROTHERS
Established in 1818, Brooks Brothers was the first American brand to offer ready-to-wear
clothing and has continued throughout history with iconic product introductions
including: seersucker, madras, argyle, the non-iron shirt and the original polo
button-down collar. Over two centuries later, Brooks Brothers is proud to uphold the
same traditions and values and to be the destination for ladies and gentlemen from every
generation. Since its founding 202 years ago in New York, Brooks Brothers has become a
legendary international retailer with over 250 stores in North America and 500
worldwide in 45 countries while maintaining a steadfast commitment to exceptional
service, quality, style and value.
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