Armani's Italian factories to make medical overalls

The group -- whose brands include Giorgio Armani and Emporio Armani -- said the medical overalls would be used for "the individual protection of healthcare workers engaged in the fight against the Coronavirus disease" (AFP Photo/STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN)

Rome (AFP) - Fashion brand Armani said on Thursday it would start making single use medical overalls for hospital workers at all its Italian factories.

The group - whose brands include Giorgio Armani and Emporio Armani - said they would be used for "the individual protection of healthcare workers engaged in the fight against the Coronavirus disease."

Founder Giorgio Armani has donated 2 million euros ($2.2 million) in recent weeks to hospitals around Italy, including Bergamo and Piacenza in the hard-hit north, the company said.

The company operates four factories in Italy, a spokeswoman told AFP. Like many other fashion brands, Armani has in recent years moved much of its production out of Italy to other countries where labour costs are lower.