Downey designer starts making fashionable face masks, donates to medical workers

A Downey fashion designer, Johana Hernandez, went from making gowns to making fashionable face masks during the coronavirus pandemic.
DOWNEY, Calif. (KABC) -- A Downey fashion designer, Johana Hernandez, went from making gowns to making fashionable face masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Things are totally different. I never thought I would be designing face masks," said Hernandez, owner and designer of Glaudi by Johana Hernandez. "And what's beautiful about it is that I started with helping my community."

The transition to making masks happened after Hernandez said she had to close her stores in Downey and Beverly Hills because of the pandemic and started selling her masks online.

"Even though these are tough times at least we could enjoy expressing ourselves through our mask," said Hernandez.

The designer has used some of the money she's made from selling her glam masks to purchase and donate medical-grade masks to frontline workers at different hospitals.

"We've donated thousands of masks to PIH Downey to give back," Hernandez said.

Hernandez said the hospital treated her father years ago when he was ill.

"You helped my father now I'm helping you. And it's something they did many years ago, but it's still in my heart," Hernandez said.

"PIH Health is grateful to Glaudi by Johana Hernandez for the supply donation and for supporting our efforts to care for the community during the pandemic," said Richard Trogman, president of PIH Health Downey Hospital, in an email to ABC7. "Thank you to the entire Glaudi team!"

Hernandez said she's also donated some of her Glaudi masks to first responders.

"It's been really interesting because I've never in my story like, you know when they come to pick them up here. I have like nurses coming all the time, LAPD," said Hernandez. "This is so cool, how all of our careers are coming together."
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