My Mother started Sorrelli in the eighties. Having nothing fancy to wear to parties, she made a statement with her bold handmade creations. Coming from a strong Italian- American heritage and love for family, the name Sorrelli was curated from the Italian word for sisters, sorelle.
The AIDS pandemic had just begun to reach a fever pitch in NYC. My parents, living in Brooklyn at the time, were in the center of the scare, as many of their dear friends in the art community were being affected. Not unlike the current situation, people were panicked and no one was quite sure what to make of things or how to react.
As this COVID-19 crisis has spread across continents, countless friends in the healthcare community have relayed stories of scouring the country for masks. We need them in PA, we need them in NY, masks are needed everywhere to serve hospital staff, visitors, and patients. Here at Sorrelli, we asked how we could help. Two weeks ago, I asked our Sorrelli management team if we could use any excess capacity in our Shanghai factory to pivot, and make masks instead of jewelry.
In lieu of a proper girls’ night out, I found myself on a FaceTime call with three of my closest friends this weekend. We spoke about our fears and uncertainties, and I shared the experiences with COVID-19 of our artisan team in Shanghai. Knowing life there is slowly getting back to normal, I could tell my friends, “it will be ok,” from a place of truth and confidence. I realize how unique my situation is and want to share this message with all of you.