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Barbour joins the coronavirus battle

A brand synonymous with the Cotswold set has turned its attentions from waxed jackets to PPE.

The high-end British fashion retailer, which has a store at Gloucester Quays, is producing 23,000 protective gowns for frontline medical workers battling coronavirus, as reported by Retail Gazette.

It is the latest clothing brand to help fill the PPE gap by temporarily switching its production line, after NHS and care workers said they didn't have enough protective equipment.

The company has already delivered its first gowns to hospitals in the North East and aims to have 7000 completed by the end of this week.

It's not the first time Barbour has changed its production in an emergency - the company developed suiting used by the Submarine Service during World War II and trench sleeping bags for servicemen in World War I.

Barbour says it has completely reorganised its factory layout to comply with social distancing regulations.

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