Clearly we are all in a crisis right now. Arc'teryx has answered the growing calls of many in the medical community to step up and help. After 10 days of consulting with local health authorities they were able to produce an efficient ( and admittedly stylish ) reusable medical gown to help in the fight against COVID-19.
Arc'teryx gathered a team of sewers, engineers, sample and pattern makers at the Arc'One headquarters early in April. Adhering to very strict health protocols and production guidelines, the team worked at producing its first batch of 500 PPE gowns to supply British Columbia who are currently facing a shortage. Currently they are in production to manufacture 30,000 units, then in collaboration with their partners Survival and Boardroom Clothing, their joint capacity should be able to reach 90,000. The gowns are also professionally washed and sanitized before they reach the front lines, of course.
Now we can't promise we'll have these in for our next drop, but why not try make your own? In order to reduce barriers and crowdsource help from other companies, Arc'teryx has provided access to the gown's pattern and technical specifications for free.
We at Edit. admire Arc'teryx's efforts. Companies stepping out of the box to help solve these issues are key in keeping us moving forward and into a new, very different world...
For more information on the medical gown initiative, check out the video linked below.