Tiffany & Co. pledges $1 million donation to coronavirus relief efforts

Executives at Tiffany & Co. have pledged to donate $1 million (£813,000) to organisations helping tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Representatives for the luxury jewellery brand announced they were making the donation commitment via The Tiffany & Co….

Executives at Tiffany & Co. have pledged to donate $1 million (£813,000) to organisations helping tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Representatives for the luxury jewellery brand announced they were making the donation commitment via The Tiffany & Co. Foundation on Monday. The donation will be split between two organisations, with $750,000 (£610,000) going to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the other $250,000 (£203,000) going to The New York Community Trust’s NYC Covid-19 Response & Impact Fund.

In addition, the foundation will match employee donations to any qualified nonprofit organisation supporting Covid-19 relief, dollar for dollar.

“Since its inception in 1837, Tiffany & Co. has been guided by the belief that a successful company has a responsibility to the greater community,” representatives wrote in a statement. “Today, more than ever, there is a need for communities to come together. This commitment allows us to respond to the urgent needs on a global scale, while also supporting our hometown of New York City.”

“During this global health crisis, we must all be responsive to the urgent needs of our global communities. We are proud to support organizations providing immediate relief for communities impacted by Covid-19, including our hometown of New York,” added Anisa Kamadoli Costa, chairman and president of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation.

Executives at the foundation, which was established in 2000 to provide grants to those working in environmental conservation, have signed Philanthropy’s Commitment During Covid-19 Pledge, a commitment to supporting their grantees throughout the crisis.

Tiffany & Co. follows in the footsteps of brands including Versace, Ralph Lauren, and Michael Kors in making donations towards coronavirus relief efforts, while New York-based designers such as Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell have begun making protective equipment for medical personnel.

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H&M to supply protective equipment for hospitals during coronavirus crisis

H&M is to begin making protective equipment for hospital workers amid the coronavirus crisis.In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, executives at the Swedish high street retailer have announced that they are quickly rearranging …

H&M is to begin making protective equipment for hospital workers amid the coronavirus crisis.

In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, executives at the Swedish high street retailer have announced that they are quickly rearranging their supply chain in order to start manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals and healthcare workers.

“The coronavirus is dramatically affecting each and every one of us, and H&M Group is, like many other organisations, trying our best to help in this extraordinary situation,” commented Anna Gedda, head of sustainability at H&M Group. “We see this is as a first step in our efforts to support in any way we can. We are all in this together, and have to approach this as collectively as possible.”

Gedda hopes to start delivering as soon as possible. At present, approximately two-thirds of H&M’s stores around the globe have closed in response to government measures enacted to help slow down the spread of the virus. Customers can still shop online in 50 markets.

Elsewhere, executives at other major conglomerates are doing their part to aid hospital workers too, with leaders at Kering and Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) unveiling plans to supply millions of masks to people in France.

While top fashion designers, such as Prabal Gurung, Christian Siriano, and Brandon Maxwell, are also looking at converting their workshops so they can make medical masks and other PPE for hospital staff in New York.

Since the coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, China last December, there have been approximately 424,000 confirmed cases and an estimated 18,900 deaths.

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Prabal Gurung to begin manufacturing supplies for medical workers

Prabal Gurung has pledged to begin making medical supplies amid the coronavirus crisis.In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, the Nepalese-American designer took to Instagram on Monday to announce that he is preparing his worksh…

Prabal Gurung has pledged to begin making medical supplies amid the coronavirus crisis.

In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic around the world, the Nepalese-American designer took to Instagram on Monday to announce that he is preparing his workshop and staff members to start manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE).

Responding to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for fashion industry leaders to help make medical masks last week, Gurung wants to do all he possibly can to help.

“The PG team has been working tirelessly over the course of the last week to finalise an actionable plan to manufacture PPE for medical workers and first responders who are on the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis,” he wrote. “As a brand that produces over 90 per cent of our collections in NY, our goal is not only to fill the void of critical PPE, but to mobilise our domestic partners, revitalising U.S. producers and suppliers. While we are eager to share our progress with you all, the coronavirus crisis is ever evolving, and as new information is revealed, so are new FDA and state regulations. In this moment, credible and validated information is of the utmost importance for the advancement of all Covid-19 relief efforts.”

Gurung went on to note that he is in contact with Cuomo’s team and employees at local hospitals to figure out exactly what supplies are required.

“We are currently working in partnership with @nygovcuomo office & local hospitals to secure clearance to produce, and ensure the viability of our output,” the 40-year-old added.

Other fashion designers, including Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell, are also looking to make medical masks for hospital workers, while executives at major conglomerates such as Kering and Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have unveiled plans to supply millions of masks to workers in France.

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Brandon Maxwell donating three wedding gowns to brides in need

Brandon Maxwell is donating three wedding dresses to deserving brides amid the coronavirus outbreak.The Covid-19 virus has infected almost 384,000 people around the world, resulting in more than 16,500 deaths. Accordingly, businesses have been forced t…

Brandon Maxwell is donating three wedding dresses to deserving brides amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The Covid-19 virus has infected almost 384,000 people around the world, resulting in more than 16,500 deaths.

Accordingly, businesses have been forced to close as cities go into lockdown to stop the spread, with many weddings postponed or cancelled due to venues, bridal boutiques, and caterers closing temporarily in line with government guidance in countries including the U.S., the U.K., Italy, France, and China.

Now, the designer has decided to help out brides in need, and in a post on Instagram, Maxwell urged them to get in touch with their stories.

“As a company who has been fortunate to play a small part in so many women’s special days, we realise the current crisis and the economic repercussions from it may have already deeply affected you. In times of darkness we must look to the light, and we believe an optimistic moment to look forward to is important. As a result, we’re gifting three wedding dresses to brides in need,” he shared, alongside a video of him perfecting the final touches to his best friend’s wedding dress on her big day.

New York label Gigi Burris Millinery will also be supplying the brides with veils, while fine jeweller Eva Fehren will be gifting the happy couple wedding bands.

Applications can be sent to yourspecialday@brandonvmaxwell.com until 30 March, and the recipients will be notified on 1 April.

“Please share with any brides you may know. Here’s to a brighter day, your day,” the 35-year-old sweetly concluded the post.

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Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell to make medical masks amid coronavirus crisis

Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell have pledged to begin making medical masks amid the coronavirus crisis.After the Project Runway mentor heard New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announce medical workers in the state were running low on masks last week,…

Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell have pledged to begin making medical masks amid the coronavirus crisis.

After the Project Runway mentor heard New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announce medical workers in the state were running low on masks last week, he reached out to the politician on social media and offered to help make more.

“If we need masks my team can make them! I have sewers and pattern makers ready to help working from home we just need all the information on how to help,” Siriano posted on Instagram, before later adding: “We are working hard on this and more to come soon. We want to be safe and make sure all the legal requirements are met. Thanks everyone for all the support!”

Cuomo saw Siriano’s message and accepted the proposal, while also encouraging others in the fashion industry to help out too.

“We’re in contact with @CSiriano. Appreciate his help so much. Who’s next? Let’s do this together, NY!”

In addition, the designer also uploaded a video of one of the prototype masks.

“We will be making a few versions of this in order to help as many people as we can. Here is the process so we can get a perfect fit. More to come thank you everyone we hope to get these to the right people ASAP,” the 34-year-old noted.

Elsewhere, fellow designer and Project Runway judge Maxwell is also investigating how his team can be begin to manufacture medical supplies.

“As more information comes available on how to manufacture medical grade masks and gloves, we will transition into doing so. Any information you can share for donation locations or organisations would be greatly appreciated,” he wrote in an Instagram message.

There have been over 342,000 reported cases of Covid-19 since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China last December, and approximately 14,700 deaths. Around 35,000 cases have been reported in the U.S.

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Brandon Maxwell thrilled to have dress included in New York exhibition

Brandon Maxwell is excited to have one of his dress designs included in a new exhibition.The Texas-born fashion designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 ready-to-wear collection at the American Museum of Natural History as part of New York Fashion Week l…

Brandon Maxwell is excited to have one of his dress designs included in a new exhibition.

The Texas-born fashion designer unveiled his fall/winter 2020 ready-to-wear collection at the American Museum of Natural History as part of New York Fashion Week last month.

Now, Maxwell has confirmed the stunning red gown worn by a model during the finale will be included in the institute’s new exhibition, titled The Nature of Color.

“In the scheme of big dreams in my career, having our runway show at the Hall of North American Mammals was always at the top, for many personal reasons. I used to walk by the museum and literally mumble to myself, ‘One day…’ This year I somehow found myself in a room of the most brilliant and kind museum curators and team members who not only asked me to take part in this incredible exhibition but also agreed to open their doors to host our runway show in the very room I had always dreamed of,” he captioned a snap of the ruby red dress on a mannequin as part of the exhibition on his Instagram page. “It’s taken me a little bit of time to process the idea that a boy like me could move here on a wing and a prayer and 10 years later find his work on display in one of the most iconic New York institutions where thousands of visitors will come to be inspired, just like I had so many years earlier.”

The immersive and interactive exhibition will run at the museum from 9 March 2020 until 8 August 2021.

And Maxwell is hopeful that his contribution will help to inspire the next generation of creative minds who visit.

“If I can do it, you certainly can, and you will, without a doubt. Images, stories, little glimpses and moments, they can be formative, and I’m so grateful to the entire museum staff for allowing me to be a small part of a larger story that will inspire and entertain so many. It was an absolute pleasure from start to finish and from my team to yours I say a most sincere and deep, thank you,” the 35-year-old concluded.

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Brandon Maxwell had ‘meltdown’ before New York Fashion Week show

Brandon Maxwell had a “full crying meltdown” before presenting his latest collection during New York Fashion Week.The designer showcased his fall/winter 2020 ready-to-wear collection at the American Museum of Natural History earlier this month. While …

Brandon Maxwell had a “full crying meltdown” before presenting his latest collection during New York Fashion Week.

The designer showcased his fall/winter 2020 ready-to-wear collection at the American Museum of Natural History earlier this month.

While Maxwell had previously been open with his Instagram followers about how his team helped him overcome self-doubt, negativity, and insecurities in order to create his line, in a new YouTube video about the show, he revealed it all got too much for him just before the presentation.

“This season, in particular, they (members of his team) were late getting out of the room to the show because I locked myself in my dressing room and had a full crying meltdown and had to almost breathe into a bag,” he revealed. “They all got up onto the chairs and (started) beating their chairs and saying everything’s going to be great, this is going to be awesome, and everything’s amazing.

“This experience is not about the clothes and has never really been about the clothes… it’s about community, it’s about loving something and the thing you love being able to bring people together. All of the team that I work with come together to really pull out the best in each other. My team does it for me, I try to do it for them.”

In a recent Instagram post, Maxwell told his followers that he was making progress because he was finally able to look back at the runway show and not be critical about everything he saw.

“Sometimes post-show I sit around for a week and criticise myself for what I could have done better, but honestly all I’ve done this week is think about this hair bow,” the 35-year-old wrote alongside a video of a model wearing brown fabric tied in a bow around her ponytail. “Not overly criticising everything in the week after feels like growth, like being nice to myself, so I’m very grateful to this hair bow.”

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Brandon Maxwell thanks team for nursing him ‘back to life’ following near-breakdown

Brandon Maxwell has heaped praise on his team for helping to nurse him “back to life”.The designer candidly discussed a low point in his life during a lengthy Instagram post to celebrate the end of New York Fashion Week on Thursday, and told his fans a…

Brandon Maxwell has heaped praise on his team for helping to nurse him “back to life”.

The designer candidly discussed a low point in his life during a lengthy Instagram post to celebrate the end of New York Fashion Week on Thursday, and told his fans and followers that his team was responsible for inspiring him to create his fall/winter 2020 collection.

“I remember so distinctly sitting down at the beginning of this season and telling my team that I didn’t feel well. That my mind felt clouded, overrun with criticism and negativity, that I didn’t feel a major spark for anything when I woke up in the mornings,” Maxwell wrote, touching upon his feelings of depression and anxiety last year.

He went on to reveal that his team didn’t shy away from offering their support and actually “formed a wall” around him.

“They nursed me back to life one garment at a time, gave me the freedom to feel and to be, and somewhere along the way the feeling hit me again. Like they knew it would,” the 35-year-old touchingly shared.

The Project Runway judge, who has dressed the likes of Lady Gaga and Anne Hathaway, went on to express his hope that he made his colleagues – and fans – proud with his latest show, and said that even though he was struggling, he just kept going.

“What I now know is that it’s the moments you think will break you to your core that ask you to rise, and it’s up to you to decide if you will. I showed up this season because behind every runway look is a team member with a family, with a dream, and they count on it. That’s what’s got me through,” he wrote, before concluding his emotional post with an outpouring of love for his loyal fans.

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Brandon Maxwell used to avoid watching his own runway shows

Brandon Maxwell used to avoid watching his own runway shows at all costs.The fashion designer is one of the hottest names in the industry, having been awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award for womenswear last year. But durin…

Brandon Maxwell used to avoid watching his own runway shows at all costs.

The fashion designer is one of the hottest names in the industry, having been awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award for womenswear last year.

But during a behind-the-scenes chat prior to his latest show, held at the American Museum of Natural History as part of New York Fashion Week on Saturday, Maxwell recalled how he used to suffer from anxiety during his early presentations.

“This is my ninth or tenth runway show and almost 20 collections, so I’ve been doing it long enough to know that it’s a waste of time to get stressed out because it all comes together in the end. I used to get really, really nervous in the beginning and get sick, and the first couple of shows I never even watched them I wasn’t even at them,” he said. “I would hide in a room and lock the door and put my music and my headphones (on) to the same amount of time that was at the show. And as soon as the music stopped in my ear, I’d unlock the door, run out of the room, wave at the end of the runway and leave again.”

Elsewhere in the clip, Maxwell explained that he was inspired by the idea of journeys for his fall/winter 2020 line. The collection was comprised of neutral separates, dresses made from a printed tortoise shell-look fabric, and denim.

“The theme of the whole show is journey. You’re packing your bag, your boots. We are in nature, we’re journeying, life’s a journey, this industry is a journey. It’s all about coats and bags and sweaters and warmth and happiness,” the 35-year-old shared. “This season, I wanted to make a liquid fabric that looked like tortoise and matched the tortoise shoes that we have, that are these six-inch tall boots, and all the tortoise jewellery.”

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Brandon Maxwell battling insecurities ahead of New York Fashion Week show

Brandon Maxwell has opened up about the insecurities he faces before presenting a new collection. The Texas-born designer, who founded his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015, is gearing up to showcase his latest collection during New York Fashion …

Brandon Maxwell has opened up about the insecurities he faces before presenting a new collection.

The Texas-born designer, who founded his own women’s ready-to-wear label in 2015, is gearing up to showcase his latest collection during New York Fashion Week on Saturday.

But on Wednesday, Maxwell candidly opened up about how he goes back and forth between feeling confident and unworthy as he gets ready for the presentation.

“The one thing no one talks about leading up to Fashion Week is all the insecurities you face as a creative person. It’s the craziest emotional roller coaster I’ve ever experienced, and it gets harder for me to confront the older I get,” he shared. “But one woman, one walk, one tiny moment, can make it all worth it though, and that’s the moment we live for, that’s the moment we have to live for.”

Maxwell revealed that he feels great about himself when he wakes up but soon starts to think he’s “the least talented person on the planet”, before circling back to feeling good.

The fashion star then explained how debuting his latest outfits to the outside world can be tough, so he tries to make sure he’s strong enough to take any criticism on show night.

“Up until this moment, you and you’re (sic) team have been alone in a room working quietly, and as you begin to share what you’ve been making with your outside creators, any little comment or sign of disapproval can break you down, and it’s up to you to find your way back,” Maxwell shared. “After seven days of going through it and confronting yourself, you’re finally strong enough for the wave of criticism and judgement that will come during the big crescendo on show night.”

To conclude, the 35-year-old heaped praise on his team and wrote, “As always, thinking about my friends in the industry this week and sending you love.”

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