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Los Angeles-Area Fashion House ARGYLE Haus of Apparel Transitions Production to Hospital Gowns and Shields

04/22/2020
To address needs during the COVID19 pandemic, ARGYLE Haus of Apparel, a fashion design house and manufacturer, retrofitted its clothing manufacturing factory in San Fernando, California.

“It is our obligation and our duty as an American company. The issue was never how can we transition our operations, the issue was how FAST can we transition,” said company founder and CEO Houman Salem, who is also a candidate for California’s 27th Senate District.

According to a company spokesperson, until the start of the pandemic, the company’s business model focused on high-end/luxury brands; but when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., Salem revamped his business operations to rapidly respond to the national crisis within a matter of weeks to address the supply shortages.

In the recent past, ARGYLE designed, prototyped, and manufactured medical scrubs and lab coats for its clients in the medical field. As a result, the company had the resources and capabilities to revamp its operations to meet the challenges of the moment. Today, the spokesperson noted, the demand is for face masks and hospital gowns. ARGYLE has been in full production, providing products to companies and organizations including APM Terminals, Yolo County, and Kaiser Permanente.

Salem believes that the coronavirus crisis has increased the demand for a permanent domestic supply chain. Under his leadership, ARGYLE stands ready to supply hospitals and businesses seeking to protect workers and patrons with immediate products. And looking forward, hospitals and businesses should look to in-source their apparel and protective wearables to companies that understand the balance between brand integrity and functional utility of an apparel product.

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