GoldaTech is an American company developing smart apparel for healthcare professionals through a focus on environmental responsibility and a technological approach.
We are a group of independent fashion professionals merging our skills and industry know-how to put a sizable dent in the COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage. Together, we are dedicated to:
- Helping match the scarcity of American-made PPE with the talent and ability of manufacturers to produce these items;
- Addressing an overarching need for more eco-friendly and sustainable solutions, and the preference for disposable over reusable garments;
- Bringing the PPE market up to speed with innovative technology features.
When COVID-19 first hit New York City and began to affect hospitals’ PPE supply chain, we couldn’t turn a blind eye. We felt compelled to mobilize. Our collective experience at Ralph Lauren, Dior, Marchesa, The Row, Vera Wang, Ralph Rucci and Oscar de la Renta gave us the confidence to transfer our production, design and development skills to combat the widening shortfall.
Humbled and driven to help, we are strengthened by our network of factories across New York City’s Garment District and by our relationships with other local businesses that have joined the fight. Our commitment to manufacturing in America has allowed us to support the rehiring of 1200+ furloughed Garment District employees, now considered essential workers, to reach full production capacity.
Garment District For Gowns,
our non-profit affiliate partner
The circumstances under which we started our journey remain important as ever, which is why GoldaTech donates 10% of profit back to Garment District for Gowns, to continue and amplify our charitable work.
Garment District for Gowns (GDFG) is a non-profit we launched in response to the critical need of medical gowns in New York. The mission of GDFG is to finance the manufacture and donation of PPE to professionals in urgent need.
On March 20th, we heard Governor Cuomo’s call for New York manufacturers to come up with creative solutions in response to personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages. We started a GoFundMe page and got to work in a vacant gym with a couple of folding tables and fabric donated from local manufacturers. In one week’s time, we managed to self-finance a first batch of 300 hospital gowns under our new nonprofit, GDFG. Through an influx of generous donations and as the first recipients of Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development’s Pandemic Supply Grant, we quickly ramped up manufacturing capacity. Since the beginning of the crisis, we have produced gowns for nearly 40 of the region’s hardest hit healthcare facilities, including Elmhurst Hospital, SUNY Downstate, and Coney Island Hospital’s Department of Emergency Medicine.