The Coronavirus outbreak has seen the fashion industry banding together to fight this pandemic.
For example, besides pledging a new state-of-the-art 3D high definition microscope to Spallanzani Hospital, Bvlgari is also manufacturing hundreds of bottles of hand cleansing gel sanitisers with its fragrances partner, ICR (Industrie Cosmetiche Riunite, Lodi). These will be provided to all medical facilities through the Protezione Civile (Italian Civil Protection Department). The Armani group converted four of its Italian production sites to produce single-use medical overalls for frontliners. Designer and founder Giorgio Armani also donated €$2 million (S$3.7 million) to various hospitals and health institutions in Italy.
Bottega Veneta has also announced that it is funding a two-year extension for an employed pneumology researcher in the Department of Cardiac, Thoracic, Vascular Sciences and Public Health of the University of Padua. It will also sponsor two scholarships at the Virology Laboratory of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani in Rome as well as the Microbiology and Virology Laboratory of the Hospital Domenico Cotugno of Naples. The total funding adds up to €300,000 (S$460,000).
CEO of Bottega Veneta Leo Rongone says: “Medical researchers, constantly engaged in the study of new treatments and vaccines, make our country so proud. They are a resource of extraordinary value for humanity as a whole. It is for this reason, we at Bottega Veneta feel a duty to support those on the front line, contributing to the advancement of research.”
“We recognise that supporting the medical professionals who are saving the lives of others must be our priority during this time, which includes those working tirelessly to tackle the devastating impact of COVID-19 and its enduring effects, through scientific research,” adds Daniel Lee, creative director, Bottega Veneta. “With these scholarships we are able to contribute to securing the future of our global health by supporting their admirable and courageous work.”