Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss Converts New York Office Into Medical Supply Center
He has also set aside $50,000 USD to help women and minority-owned businesses.
Kerby Jean-Raymond, a Brooklyn native and outspoken advocate of social justice, has turned his New York City office into a donation center for medical supplies. These supplies will be distributed directly to medical professionals on the front line of the city’s novel coronavirus outbreak.
In an Instagram post announcing his decision, the Pyer Moss designer cites a shortage of basics, including masks and gloves, for medical workers in New York. In fact, Jean-Raymond’s sister, who works in the field and was recently exposed to COVID-19, has been forced to use makeshift face masks. “A friend who is a doctor in Philadelphia stated that she and her colleagues have been using bleach to re-wash their masks,” Jean-Raymond adds.
In help ameliorate the shortage, Jean-Raymond’s Manhattan office will receive donations of N95 masks and latex gloves. His company is also setting aside $5,000 USD to purchase said supplies — “please DM or e-mail us leads to where we can buy them,” the designer asks.
His team will practice proper hygiene and social distancing practices when re-distributing items to medical professionals, who can request donations at the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. This e-mail will also function as a hotline, for minority and women-owned creative businesses that are struggling at this time. Pyer Moss has set aside another $50,000 USD to help keep these businesses afloat. “Please reach out, let us know what you do and how we can help,” the designer writes in a separate Instagram post.
Mask and glove donations can be mailed to the below address.
YOUR FRIENDS IN NEW YORK
242 West 27th St. 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001