The Kering Group, which owns the labels, says French workshops that usually make clothes for Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga will switch over to manufacturing masks.
It says production will begin “as soon as the manufacturing process and materials have been approved by the relevant authorities”. It did not say how many masks the workshops will be able to make. Kering said it will also buy and import 3 million surgical masks from China for donation to the French health service.
The world’s largest luxury group, Paris-based LVMH, has also said it has reached a deal with a Chinese industrial supplier to deliver 10 million masks to the French population.