Burlington partners with Ralph Lauren to create isolation gowns for COVID-19 frontline workers.

Greensboro, NC – Burlington is pleased to support Ralph Lauren in transitioning production to make isolation gowns for healthcare and other community workers in New York, New Jersey and North Carolina on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis.


Burlington and Ralph Lauren have a long established relationship that spans years of creating uniforms for US Olympians and other classic apparel products.  Burlington is pleased to expand this collaboration to provide its advanced barrier Maxima® fabrics and technical expertise to support Ralph Lauren in the manufacturing of personal protective equipment (PPE). In a time of such scarcity, medical apparel made from reusable fabrics offers the ability to keep a constant flow of protective garments – keeping front line workers protected and focused on patient care.


“Burlington is proud to be a part of an industry with such compassion and call to action as we have seen in the fight against COVID-19,” says Allen Smith, President Burlington, Safety Components & A&E – Americas. “Our expertise in fabric innovation and advanced technical fabrics is allowing us to be a resource to brands, like Ralph Lauren, who are stepping up to meet a great need for PPE.  Teams at both Burlington and Ralph Lauren are pivoting from our traditional collaborations to more technical conversations and guidance on new fabric constructions.”


For over 40 years Burlington has been a world leader in providing superior protective fabrics to the healthcare market.  Burlington’s Maxima® line of reusable fabrics is highly protective, offers maximum durability after repeated launderings and is extremely comfortable to wear.  In addition to advanced protection, reusable fabrics offer sustainable and cost-effective solutions to address the extreme global shortage of PPE.  Burlington’s line of reusable, fluid resistant fabrics is engineered for top of the line performance and safety and meets ANSI/AAMI PB70 and EN 13795 certifications and FDA standards.


Smith continued, “Ralph Lauren is a perfect example of the collaborative spirit across the textile and apparel industry in times of need, and the way in which Elevate, Burlington’s parent company, can use its expertise and contacts to quickly assist with a broad range of needs.  It all started with a phone call from Ralph Lauren into Elevate’s Cone Denim team who made the introduction to the right resource within Burlington and later expanded our support with A&E thread products.  The initial order for Burlington fabric was placed within five hours of the first phone call and Ralph Lauren was sewing gowns in its New York facility the following week. We are proud of our employees in North Carolina who are working tirelessly to produce these advanced fabrics and find ways to achieve additional production within our facilities.  We greatly appreciate their efforts along with those of workers at Ralph Lauren’s designated cut and sew operation in New York. This journey captures the human spirit – extraordinary people stepping up to support our heroes on the front line.  From North Carolina to New York – we’re in this together.”


For questions and inquiries about Burlington’s Maxima® Medical Barrier products, please complete the contact form at burlingtonfabrics.com and a sales representative will respond quickly.


About Burlington


Celebrating over 95 years of textile leadership, Burlington is a global diversified provider of textile solutions across performance & specialty apparel fabrics, active wear, advanced uniform fabrics, and technical fabrics. Burlington operates as part of Elevate Textiles, Inc. and includes worldwide operations in the United States, Mexico, and China. Elevate Textiles’ business units include: American & Efird, Burlington, Cone Denim, Carlisle, Gütermann, and Safety Components. To learn more visit www.burlingtonfabrics.com; www.elevatetextiles.com or follow us at @burlington1923.