Nordstrom’s tailors get to work — making masks

Marianne Wilson
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Nordstrom Inc. is the largest employer of tailors in North America — and it’s putting them to good use as stores remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The department store retailer is leveraging the alterations teams in its stores to make 60,000 reusable face covers for all its employees working to fulfill online orders.

The new initiative is in addition to a recently announced agreement between Nordstrom, partner Kaas Tailored, Providence Health & Services and the Ascension network of hospitals to have members of the retailer’s alterations teams in Illinois, Washington, D.C., Florida, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Oregon, Texas, and California to create more than 100,000 masks that will be given back to Kaas for sanitization before being distributed.