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Balenciaga, Saint Laurent to Make Masks in French Workshops

  • Luxury goods firm seeks government approval to make supplies
  • LVMH, Airbus also joining in to boost sanitary equipment
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Luxury fashion conglomerate Kering SA said it would switch to producing surgical masks at the French workshops of its Balenciaga and Saint Laurent brands as the country ramps up its efforts to contain the coronavirus.

Both brands will start making the masks for French hospitals as soon as they have the approval of health authorities, Kering said in a statement. In the meantime, the group will donate 3 million masks ordered from China.