Brooks Brothers is sewing hope in the coronavirus fight.

Instead of churning out preppy staples like seersucker suits and woven-silk ties, America’s oldest retailer is now making masks and gowns for health care workers, as shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) continue to grip hospitals nationwide.

The heritage brand has converted its New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts factories to produce the medical gear. Employees will return to their jobs this week (following a two-week precautionary self-quarantine) with a goal of turning out 150,000 masks per day. Gown production is also expected to begin shortly. Read More