Pyer Moss founder pledges $50K to small business owners during COVID-19 pandemic

Kerby Jean-Raymond will help minorities and women-owned small creative businesses during this time of distress and the Pyer Moss office in NYC will be converted to a donation center

Kerby Jean-Raymond
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Fashion designer Kerby Jean-Raymond poses backstage before the Pyer Moss fashion show during MADE Fashion (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)

The coronavirus pandemic has not just impacted those living paycheck to paycheck but also small business owners who can’t afford to close their doors. In the midst of this unexpected strain, Pyer Moss founder Kerby Jean-Raymond is using his company and resources to help out those most in need.

The New York designer revealed that his sister, a medical professional, had been exposed to COVID-19. Her health has in large part been compromised due to a lack of N95 masks.

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Medical professionals have been sharing similar stories for weeks prompted Jean-Raymond to post, “we will convert the Pyer Moss office in NYC to a donation center for these items… In addition, we will set aside $5,000 to obtain these supplies.”

Later that same day, the label announced a second initiative in which the company would be setting aside $50,000 to assist “minority and women-owned small creative businesses who are currently in distress.”

“If you cannot make payroll or cannot cover pressing costs to keep your business afloat, please reach out, let us know what you do and how we can help,” the post continued.

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That post received approximately 5,000 likes in just the first hour and these efforts follow those of others in the fashion industry. Giorgio Armani, Donatella Versace, Marco Bizzarri of Gucci, Prada and Moncler’s Remo Ruffini have all donated funds and supplies for the coronavirus fight in Italy.

John Legend, Lil Nas X, Indya Moore, and Megan the Stallion are just a few of the celebrities who have been helping out stateside. The entertainers have donated money to fans through cashapp that are struggling.

John Legend and Chris Martin began performing Instagram concerts this week for quarantined fans. The Together at Home series of concerts was launched to encourage social distancing and support of the World Health Organization (WHO) in its efforts against the spread of COVID-19.

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