In an unlikely partnership, the nation’s premier luxury department store company is teaming up with a leading fabric and craft retailer to help fill part of the immediate need of materials for medical personnel.

Neiman Marcus Group is partnering with Joann to begin producing nonsurgical, personal protective equipment including masks, gowns, and scrubs beginning this week for front-line healthcare providers. Neiman’s alterations facilities will receive product from Joann to begin creating materials for use by healthcare providers.

Although materials are not medical grade, Joann secured patterns and templates and is shipping fabric and materials recommended for medical settings, including the guidelines provided by the Providence Hospital System in Washington, Neiman’s alterations specialists will create the products while “observing appropriate social distancing guidelines,” the retailer stated. 

The first shipment of materials is expected to be sent to healthcare providers later this week. Neiman and Joann will be covering the cost of shipping and delivery. The two companies will produce these materials as long as there is a need, and are poised to create many thousands of essential items.