Custom clothier converts business into mask-making operation

Posted at 4:26 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 19:59:30-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A custom clothier has converted his business into a small mask factory.

On a typical day, Fior Bespoke and Only One Tailoring is filled with custom clothes and outfits waiting to be altered, according to owner Aaron McGill. But right now, ironing boards are filled with masks.

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“We saw the ability with our machines upstairs, and here we are," Aaron McGill said.

He said they’ve donated more than 4,000 masks to front line workers, and it was made possible by monetary donations from his clients. After getting feedback from medical experts, his team is altering the way they are created.

“There was one nursing home in Western Kentucky, where I’m originally from, that received 200 and random hospitals throughout Nashville that received them, and now we’re making them out of Halyard 600 material which is sterilization wrap that’s used in hospitals,” McGill said, “It’s a little bit more sterile, a little bit better filtration than standard cotton.”

As donations run dry, Aaron recently started selling masks on his website which is helping a foundation feed the hungry amid COVID-19. If you would like to buy a mask or donate, go here.

“Some of the proceeds are going to the AIM Foundation so they can do the good work that they do around Nashville," McGill said. “It’s been a wild ride to say the least."

While they’re still making masks, Aaron is beginning to switch gears, preparing to reopen soon if all goes as planned.