Malaysian Top Designers Have Rallied Together To Help Sew PPE For Frontliners

Local fashion designers including Khoon Hooi, Celest Thoi, Alia Bastamam, Jovian Mandagie, FiziWoo and more are using their skills to help sew the hospital gowns which will be distributed by IMARET to its network of hospitals.

They should be focusing on saving lives instead. Leave the sewing work to the designers

Designer and President of MODA (Malaysian Official Designers Association) Melinda Looi, first started the fundraiser to purchase more PPE supplies and has since been launched in partnership with FashionValet and IMARET

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Exactly a week ago.. I called for action.. designers all agreed to help out to make PPE together for the frontliners! We started cutting about 5 days ago.. We have cut around 4500pcs of isolation gowns so far. About 1200pcs of gowns, 1500 pairs of shoes covers, gloves and face masks have been sent to few hospitals and klinik kesihatan. We are still cutting and sewing non stop. Glad @neelofa , @jmandagie , @duckscarves @vivyyusof will be also on board with us to produce even more and faster! Thank you @mattel , @fabercastellmy for the gifts! We are still raising fund! So that we can make more to help the frontliners! A consumption of 15 thousand sets of PPE items needed per week per hospital! The number is enormous! If we can do it, so can you! You cant sew? No problem.. Go to @modamalaysia to find out how u can donate to help! We fight covid-19 together! #wetogether #Fashionfightscovid19 #MYdesignerscare #dontstop #wecandoit #modaforfrontliners #weneedmorefund #MODAmalaysia #supportmalaysian

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Melinda got in touch with Elvina, a volunteer who has been making face shields for Hospital Putrajaya and Hospital Cyberjaya and drew up a plan. “I called up entrepreneur Liyana Zainal to get the contacts of PPE suppliers across the country, as they distribute surgical gowns, shoe covers, and headgear to health workers. I told her I would get the donors, she will be in charge of the materials and we will sew the hospital gowns.” 

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I would like to say thank you to all donors and contributors for #MODAforFrontliners project! Second batch materials 20,000 meters arrived! 1500 meters were sent to Penang Hospital for them to be distributed to designers and home sewists to make their PPE there. The rest have been distributed to factories and designer houses to be cut and sewn. So Blessed.. Hopefully we will have over 200 thousand meters of materials coming soon! We will continue to fight for frontliners too! Thank you @fashionvaletcom @imaret_my and @modamalaysia #Fashionfightscovid19 #mydesignerscare #modamalaysiacares I am also very proud to say that these materials are all made in Malaysia.. the PPE are made by Designers and the Rakyat! A truly Malaysia Boleh products for Malaysians! #semangat #kitajagakita #malaysiaboleh #wewillwinthiswa #malaysia

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In just two days, Melinda secured RM100,000 in donations. Despite only just starting this project, Melinda has received overwhelming response pouring in from not only fashion designers but also home sewers wanting to help make the PPE gowns. (Source: Free Malaysia Today). 

Meanwhile, fashion designer Datuk Datuk Jovian Mandagie,34, said he was heartbroken when he read the news that some frontliners had to use raincoats and plastic garbage bags to protect themselves. “I think they deserve better. Each of them needs to be protected by wearing proper gear while treating a patient.’’

He then added, “Anything that has got to do with fabric and sewing would always be my passion, so I thought, why not. It is the least I could do to hopefully ease their burden, if not much, even a little bit will do.’’ 

Alhamdulillah, I am not in this alone. I’ve got an amazing family, friends and followers who are doing their part as well

“I grew up near a hospital because my mother was a lecturer to medical students so this is an issue close to my heart,” said Alia Bastamam who considers it a patriotic duty to support this initiative. 

Alia has ordered two rolls of the necessary fabric and hopes to make 1,200 protective outfits. “I’m thankful that I’m surrounded by family and friends who are quick to donate the supplies needed to make this happen.”