He's created everything from high-end womenswear and menswear to stunning bridal gowns to atelier-based bespoke clothing, but now Vancouver fashion designer Jason Matlo is putting his skills to a new in-demand look: face mask and visor units.
Driven by a new Gofundme campaign, the gear will be directed to volunteers who are grocery shopping and making deliveries to those in isolation through MAV (Mutual AID Vancouver). Matlo is assembling the units with a team of volunteers, each living and working in isolation to avoid contamination.
To date his project has made 71 face mask and visor units, with purchased supplies for an additional 100 units.
Until now, the units have been purchased by MAV volunteer. Funds raised on Matlo's campaign will go to reimburse them for their purchases, as well as purchase new supplies for assembly of one-time-use masks.
"Please note: we are purchasing supplies that ARE NOT deemed PPE, to ensure we are not taking away supplies from medical and health professionals who need them, and we ARE NOT distributing these to medical professionals as this is against current legislation and moral ethics," Matlo has clarified on the site.
Any proceeds left over from the assemblies will be donated to a Vancouver-focused COVID-19 relief charity.