Herewith are the articles pertaining to Pat Cocco, Seville Tailors and his staff contributing towards producing Masks on a volunteer basis to assist in eradicating the Corona Virus 2019. We must give credence and recognition to all of these wonderful individuals who contribute their time and resources in the hope that this Pandemic will be set aside. Congratulations Pat and your Team for your remarkable contribution.
From tailor to the stars to cutting cloth to fight SARSCoV-2. Pat Cocco, who has made suits for Nick Nolte, Ryan Reynolds, Robin Williams and, his proudest moment, the eight flag-bearers who walked into B.C. Place Stadium at the opening of the 2010 Olympics, has opened his shop to 11 volunteer sewers making protective masks and headwear for health-care workers at Surrey Memorial Hospital.
“I have the equipment, the shop is here, the facilities are here, so why not?” Cocco said, the sound of sewing machines humming behind him. Forced to shut down his Seville Tailors shop in Burnaby because it’s not an essential business, Cocco thought it was a great idea when longtime employee Emie Trong approached him about helping a friend of hers at Surrey Memorial, where they had run short of masks and headwear. Trong and her friends came to Canada as Vietnamese refugees; Cocco, who had begun his tailoring apprenticeship at age 10 in his hometown of Morrone del Sannio, came to Canada from Italy at 13 with nothing.
“Emie said, ‘We have to say thank you to Canada,’ ” Cocco said. “When I heard those words, it just touched my heart, I’m an immigrant myself. I said, ‘Yes, yes we do.’ ” Cocco, 74, is famous for the old-world attention to detail in his suits.
When he was approached to make the snow-white suits for the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Games, security was so tight that he didn’t even get to measure the eight flag-bearers but instead had to go by old garments of theirs. The mystery models were Terry Fox’s mom Betty, hockey legend Bobby Orr, songstress Anne Murray, race-car driver Jacques Villeneuve, figure skater Barbara Ann Scott, Sen. Romeo Dallaire, astronaut (now-Gov.-Gen) Julie Payette and actor Donald Sutherland (a client whose measurements Cocco happened to have on file anyway).
Those suits were made of top-quality, 17-oz. wool (Winter White) from the English textile firm Holland & Sherry, and Cocco designed threequarter-length Edwardian jackets, vests and pants.
The hospital masks and headwear are made of a cotton blend and so far the crew has sewn 2,000 in the past 11 days.
They have material to make at least 1,000 more. “The material is donated and I used up inventory I had,” Cocco said.
“I’m only too happy to do that for a good cause. And it’s really heartwarming for me to see the shop full of people doing good things.