Local Fashion Company Donates Clothes to Healthcare Workers

Size-inclusive clothing brand Universal Standard, which has retail locations in Seattle, Portland, Houston, Chicago, and New York, has been giving healthcare workers free pieces of clothing from its collection of soft layering essentials. The collection, called Foundation, includes tees, bodysuits, and tanks, which medical professionals can wear under scrubs or change into after a long shift.

Since launching the Free Foundation Initiative earlier this week, the Universal Standard team has received thousands of responses and given out more than $250,000 worth of clothing.

In response, the relatively young fashion company — founded in 2015 by Alexandra Waldman and Polina Veksler — has expanded the initiative into a buy-one-give-one option for customers who would like to be a part of the movement to thank healthcare workers. Pay extra toward a piece of clothing to split the cost of a donated piece with the company — a gesture that will help it to give out more.

“The incredible response, as well as messages of support for the healthcare community, inspired us to expand the program,” the company said. “With the support of our customers, we hope that we’ll be able to bring even more members of the U.S. medical community some comfort during this challenging time.”

Medical workers who would like to receive a piece of clothing can email their credentials to us@universalstandard.net.

is an assistant editor at 425 magazine.
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