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Oshawa's Frere du Nord sewing masks for vulnerable residents

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OSHAWA - An Oshawa business known for crafting luxury leisure clothing is now sewing hundreds of cloth masks for some of Durham’s most vulnerable residents.

Milena Holmes and her brother Dusan Vlajic run Frere du Nord in downtown Oshawa, which mostly produces hoodies, sweat pants, T-shirts, and other leisurewear.

But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Holmes said they knew they wanted to use the company's expertise to help in the fight.

Knowing there was a shortage of personal protective equipment, Holmes was initially hoping to manufacture medical-grade masks, gowns, and other PPE. However, she soon found it was impossible to procure medical-grade fabric.

"The entire world is looking for this stuff," Holmes said. "For a small- or even medium-grade company it's just not going to happen."

by Reka Szekely