Over the past few weeks, it has become pretty clear that the future of our prosperity sits firmly with our frontline workers, specifically the NHS and care system. The NHS – as well as those of all nations – have shown dedication to caring for its citizens. With many NHS staff working tirelessly and around the clock, often accepting great risk to their personal safety and wellbeing, as well as sacrificing time spent with loved ones due to absence, as well as the risk of exposure. With the strain placed on supply chains demand for appropriate medical attire far outstrips supply. As a British brand that has endured some of history’s most testing times, Turnbull & Asser are determined to make a positive contribution to the cause. In support of those on the frontline, the Royal Warrant holding shirtmakers who also dressed all the Bonds from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, are now in the process of producing thousands of much-needed garments for the NHS.
To help ‘flatten the curve’, like many other retailers, Turnbull & Asser took the difficult decision to close their stores and workrooms. Now however, the brand have a dedicated team of Turnbull machinists and management that have stepped up to serve those who serve our country; returning to their Gloucester workrooms – that have been reconfigured to accommodate social distancing – and to sit at new machines brought in especially for the production of NHS Scrubs for those on the frontline. As a heritage brand focused on creating luxury shirts, Turnbull have had to adapt their workrooms and machinery in order to cater for the production of the more utilitarian, medical-grade scrubs. In addition, their network of mills and suppliers have proved essential in the procurement of NHS approved materials, which are integral to the garments function and the health & safety requirements of medical professionals.
Check out what else the brand are doing as well as some of the individuals helping their cause here.