Textile sector finds silver lining in
The shortage of masks and personal
protection equipment France experienced at the onset of the
COVID-19 outbreak may well turn out to have a silver lining as
the country faces a prolonged economic crisis: Its ailing
textile industry is finding a second wind.
With borders closed, the French textile
industry rallied to fulfil needs. The Savoir-Faire Ensemble (a
play on the French words for know-how and working together)
group grew from a dozen to some 1,500 companies, from fabric
mills to garment manufacturers, pooling their knowledge and
resources to create a whole PPE production chain from scratch.
In the historic garment region of Roubaix,
northern France, Carol Girod and Christophe Lépine, a brand
strategist and a veteran of “Made in France” production who
previously founded workwear brand Bleu de Paname, cofounded
Résilience, a sustainable and inclusive textile coalition that
produced reusable masks through a network of partner workshops.
Made in France only makes sense with
socially responsible projects like this, in places where the
skills already exist,” Calvino said. “But I wouldn’t deprive a
project of exceptional craftsmanship just because it means
there’s a border crossing. The keys are transparency,