Support COMMUNITY + Support LOCAL
Updated: Jul 30
My name is Nicole Vermillon and I am the designer and owner of Vermilli.
I wanted to share a little bit about my company and the face masks we produce.
Vermilli is a women's clothing brand, made in Honolulu, Hawaii.
We are known for flowing silhouettes, amazingly soft fabric and bright, tropical prints.
In response to the COVID19 pandemic, we quickly switched gears and asked our local factory to create face masks instead of clothes.
KEEPING IT LOCAL
The Vermilli Team is comprised of local businesses and individuals:
2 sewing factories located in Honolulu, Hawaii
2 assistants who do everything from cutting, packing orders and maintaining quality control
I also rent a workspace from a local business owner. This is where all the magic happens (cutting, sewing and fabric storage :)
The team is like my family and I believe it is important to keep them working.
Within a two week period in early March, 90% of my store orders for March, April and May were cancelled. Additionally, I was no longer permitted to sell my products at the local markets. Suddenly, Vermilli clothing production came to a grinding halt.
As states around the US began asking for homemade face masks, I thought, "we can make these!"
Using the same soft, luxurious fabric which our customer loves, we drafted a pattern that works to cover you nose and mouth in the most comfortable way possible.
CROWDSOURCING THE COMMUNITY
In an effort to help with the shortage of masks for healthcare workers and first responders, I knew we needed the community's help. With every purchase, the cost of an additional mask is paid for. This way, together, we can donate them to facilities in need.
Currently, my team and I are actually able to make 1.5 (1 and 1/2) donation masks for every 1 mask purchased.
These masks are distributed to local healthcare facilities and essential workers within the community (see our list below!)
1100+ Masks From Your Donations have Been Delivered so far!
88- Individual healthcare workers in Hawaii
15- Queen's Medical - Cardiology Associates delivered April 5th
10- Eyecare Center in Ala Moana delivered April 5th
42- Queen's Medical Center delivered April 9th, April 14th
82- Arcadia Family (Kapuna Healthcare) delivered April 13th, April 22nd
38- Honolulu Police Department delivered April 15th
60- Hawaii Pacific Health delivered April 21st
50- Masks 4 Hawaii delivered April 21st
107- Waikiki Lifeguard Association delivered April 28th
100- VA Pacific Islands Health Care System delivered May 1st
75- Kaiser Permanente Honolulu mailed May 1st, May 15th
30- Ethos Veterinary Health delivered May 1st
40- Hilo Medical Center Hazmat Team delivered May 6th
345- Pu'uhonua O Wai'anae (homeless community) delivered May 8th, May 22nd
40- Manoa Elementary School delivered June 5th
Currently sewing a large, final donation for Waianae Homeless Shelter :)
7/7- $120 donated to Hawaii Foodbank
7/31- $112 donated to Hawaii Foodbank
With the purchase of your mask, you're enabling the Vermilli team to keep working and you're helping the community at the same time.