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Waterside Shops Retailers Stand Up to COVID-19

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From “best-dressed” to “dressing our best,” Waterside Shops and several of our retailers have shifted their manufacturing and business focuses on assisting in the global fight against COVID-19. During this time, we’d like to honor the admirable actions of our retailer and restaurant partners, who are donating their material, craftsmanship and other resources to the cause.

Retailers who Create

  • In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the White House, Apple has created an online screening tool, information about the disease, and some guidance on when to seek testing or emergency care, found online and in their App Store.
  • Brooks Brothers is converting its New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts factories from manufacturing ties, shirts and suits to now making masks and gowns. Brooks Brothers plan 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.
  • California Pizza Kitchen expanded its CPK Market online services to offer guests groceries that may be sold out in grocery stores, like eggs and milk.
  • CH Carolina Herrera has also converted its production facilities to create medically graded surgical masks and gowns.
  • Gucci’s manufacturing facilities was set to make 1.1 million face masks to aid Italy’s shortage of medical supplies and 55,000 pairs of hospital gowns.
  • Johnny Was’ manufacturing facilities repurposed extra fabric to design face masks for sale. For every pack sold, a pack will be donated to essential workers.
  • Lilly Pulitzer’s production facilities have used its excess material to make 27,500 masks for medical professionals.
  • LVMH, which includes Louis Vuitton, is manufacturing substantial quantities of hydro-alcoholic gel and ordered 40 million face masks from China to help France’s shortage.
  • In late March, the L’Occcitane Group reassigned some of its facilities to manufacture 70,000 liters of hand sanitizers and 25,000 soaps and hand creams for French health authorities and healthcare workers.
  • Salvatore Ferragamo’s production facilities created 100,000 TNT antibacterial masks and are providing 50,000 pieces of hand sanitizer and 3,000 FPP1 masks to the region of Tuscany.
  • Ralph Lauren’s production facilities began making 250,000 masks and 25,000 isolation gowns for medical workers.
  • Tory Burch is producing fabric masks as recommended by the CDC. Through their partnership with Bank of America, The Tory Burch Foundation continues to provide loans to women entrepreneurs through Community Lenders nationwide.

Retailers who Donate

  • Anne Fontaine is gifting six healthcare heroes with a $250 e-gift card through its “Nominate Your Favorite Healthcare Worker” contest.
  • Apple has donated 10 million face masks to healthcare professionals across the nation.
  • Capri Holdings, which includes Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo & Versace, donated over $3 million in support of COVID-19 relief efforts.
  • Chico’s, White House | Black Market & Soma Intimates have supplied all their full and part-time associates with full pay for two weeks.
  • Gap Foundation, which includes Intermix, Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta, Janie & Jack, donated $1 million to a variety of worldwide non-profit organizations that support under-served families during the crisis, as well as one million masks and gowns to healthcare workers.
  • Gucci has also donated two million Euros to the Italian Civil Protection Department and the United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
  • All J. Jill employees will continue to receive pay and, if applicable, benefits for their scheduled hours during the temporary closure period.
  • Ralph Lauren also committed $10 million to COVID 19 relief, which includes the CEO’s $1 million pay packet.
  • Saks Fifth Avenue Foundation has donated a total of $600,000 to the NewYork-Presbyterian COVID-19 Patient Care Fund, Bring Change to Mind, and Girls, Inc. to support patients through these uncertain times.
  • Additionally, Tory Burch is donating $5 million worth of sneakers, fanny packs and easy-to-clean clothing to 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East–the largest healthcare workers’ union. They are also donating needed materials for masks and hospital gowns in partnership with Catholic Health Services of Long Island, which services six New York hospitals.
  • All Vince retail employees will receive compensation for their regularly scheduled shifts during this temporary closure period.
  • Vineyard Vines will also continue paying teams for any previously scheduled shifts during this time.


The wellness and safety of our guests, retailers, team members and community are essential to us as we navigate through this unprecedented time. As always, we cherish your support and patronage; we look forward to seeing you soon.

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