March 21, 2020
Dear JCRT family,
We have been working tirelessly to keep our offices and factory operating cleanly providing you, your favorite shirts while keeping our team healthy and safe.
Due to the unprecedented impact COVID-19 is having on people all across the world, we want to update you on the steps we are taking at Resonance to respond to it. To begin, to those who are dealing with this illness directly—our customers, friends, parents, caregivers—our hearts go out to you. Your health and well-being are of the utmost importance to our team. The government of the Dominican Republic has instructed us and all industrial enterprises to shut our factories this weekend. Consequently, we have instructed all brands on our platform to stop taking orders for their products.
Despite this closure, we will pay all of our factory employees their full salaries for the next 14 days and we have committed to retain our entire development and engineering teams in this location. This is a public health issue, and we must listen to the experts; the health and safety of our team is our primary focus and our deepest concern. Our employees are the lifeblood of our organization, and we are grateful and humbled by their incredible contributions. In an effort to contribute to the Dominican health efforts, we have moved quickly to use our resources to manufacture safety masks for distribution to local hospitals, nursing homes, and other high-risk facilities as quickly as possible. We have provided instructions, costs, and materials, and will pay our sewers who can to make these masks from the security of their homes. So, the fabric that was used to make the beautiful clothing you wear from our brands, will now be used to protect lives.
This will be our first step. We are searching for ways to make a similar contribution in New York City, and we will continue to evaluate other initiatives where we can, as a team, contribute to helping our communities.
This is, without a doubt, the hardest letter we have ever had to write. We know we will emerge stronger as a world community, a nation, a business and as individuals at the end of this crisis, and—until that time—we will continue to be focused on our mission of building a stronger, better, and more resilient fashion industry.
Christian Gheorghe, CEO and Co-Founder
Lawrence Lenihan, Chairman and Co-Founder