Is protective clothing the 'new normal' style? Local designer weighs in

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 2) — The coronavirus crisis has brought fashion almost to a halt, and the industry had been left with no choice but to adapt to stay afloat.

Local designer Mark Bumgarner said Tuesday there is now a shift in focus to protective and sustainable clothing.

“Whether we like it or not, protective clothing and longer lasting designs are here to stay,” Bumgarner told CNN Philippines’ New Day.

“Fashion has always been a reflection of the times. These kinds of events push fashion forward,” the designer added.

Bumgarner said due to social distancing measures, it is a challenge to figure out the next step.

However, he noted that the ‘silver lining’ amid the COVID-19 pandemic is the booming demand for protective clothing.

Bumgarner himself has launched the “The Armor Project,” which he said aims to offer to people outfits with “an extra layer of protection.”

He said those interested to buy from his clothing line could contact him via or @markbumgarner on Instagram.