We talked about international fashion and beauty brands that are lending a hand to our nation’s front-liners during this pandemic, but let’s not forget about our local contributors too!
With personal protection equipment (PPE) in dire demand right now, many regular suppliers are struggling to increase production due to their limitations. In an effort to tackle the supply crisis, a number of local fashion designers have come forward and offered to put their renowned sewing skills to good use during this critical time.
Here’s a shout-out to all the amazing local designers out there who are working hard to offer some relief to the front-liners! We salute you.
1. Members of the Malaysia Official Designers Association (MODA)
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Well-known for their fashion pieces that have graced the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW) and red carpets internationally, these designers have joined forces to create an “emergency designer network” to help supply PPE to our local medical staff. Big names and members of MODA such as Melinda Looi, Celest Thoi, Alia Bastamam, Khoon Hooi, Jimmy Lim and Kit Woo are all putting their sewing skills to great use to produce as many masks and hospital gowns as they can.
Speaking with our sister title, Harpers Bazaar Malaysia, Melinda Looi (who’s the President of MODA), revealed that the idea came about after she realised that smaller clinics are struggling to retrieve essential supplies like ventilators, face masks and hospital gowns. “They are usually the ones that go unnoticed, when you compare them to larger hospitals during this war against the coronavirus,” she says. “There must be something that we can do with our niche to help ease the pressure off of our community.”
In another interview with Harpers Bazaar Malaysia, designer Celest Thoi also shares, “It is such a humbling experience to be able to join other like-minded designers to do this. I’ve been making [bridal] gowns but never gowns of this nature – one that saves lives! It’s so heartwarming to know that we can all come together to do a small part and make a difference in this crisis. We can do this, and when united we sew, we can get over this!”
If you or anyone you know are interested to help in the form of sewing or cutting, or donating monetary funds, please contact Melinda Looi at +6012-294 0298. For those who wish to donate monetary funds, you can do so to MODA (Maybank Account No.: 514084339201) and send a photo of the bank slip to Melinda at the number provided.