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Following the latest update from the government, we are now being encouraged to wear face masks or coverings in order to protect others and prevent further spread of the coronavirus – particularly when in enclosed spaces, where social distancing is harder – and it is also now compulsory to wear them on public transport. While medical-grade masks should be reserved for NHS and frontline workers, it’s believed that wearing a simple cloth face mask can reduce spread from the person by 50 to 100 per cent dependent on design.
The World Health Organisation emphasises that if you do choose to wear a face mask, you should not let this change your current behaviour with regards to social distancing and hand hygiene; there is some concern that wearing a mask instils a false sense of security in the wearer, so it’s vital to maintain the same level of safety precautions. Additionally, masks must be properly used, cared for and washed, in order to be effective and not become a focus for infection themselves.
While many are choosing to make their own face masks at home (advice on ways to do that here), others are opting to buy theirs – so why not use this as an opportunity to support an independent fashion label in the process?
Here are 15 brands producing face masks that are available to shop right now:
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Made with leftover fabric from the Sonia Carrasco collection, these face masks are zero waste and the purchase of them will also go to a great cause as the proceeds will be donated to the Fundació Ared, an organisation which helps female victims of domestic violence. The masks come in a range of different colours and there is an opening where you can place a filter if you wish.
These masks from Luisa Cerano are made of pure cotton with colour matching, narrow elastic bands for a secure fit on the ears. The face masks are sewn in two layers, foldable and reinforced with flexible wire in the nose area.
Not Just Clothing
Coming in a range of 11 different colours, these masks from Not Just Clothing are lightweight and designed to provide maximum comfort without compromising on protection. Using Diolen hygienic material, these masks breathe in the same way you’d expect of a trainer, with a soft comfortable fit that moulds seamlessly to your nose and chin. 50 per cent of each sale will go towards the Masks For NHS Heroes initiative, who are purchasing essential PPE for frontline workers.
Florence Bridge is a London-based fashion label that specialises in digitally printed silks, patchwork leather and shearling textures. The sustainably focused brand has created a collection of unisex face masks, with 25 per cent of the sales going to the Fuel Our Frontline charity, which is delivering essential groceries to hospitals around the UK.
Plumo’s handmade masks are created from four layers of organic linen, making them light, breathable and reusable. £2 from each sale of the £10 masks will be donated to the Mask 4 Heroes crowdfunding campaign.
Marc Cain’s bright and colourful masks are some of the prettiest available; the brand is also donating €5 to the German Red Cross with every sale.
Face masks have always been a key part of Alan King’s streetwear brand, and he has been making cotton, vegan leather and leather mask covers since 2019, according to Forbes. So, during the current pandemic, King was eager to help and create a particularly economical version, with each disposable first aid mask costing just $1.
French accessories brand Le Colonel is creating masks out of Liberty London fabric, available in three different sizes for men, women and children. The three-layer barrier masks are sold in packs of three and are reusable and washable.
If you’re a gingham fan, Femme Luxe has many masks to choose from in the summery print. Each mask comes complete with spare filters and a breathing valve.
Casetify has taken the initiative to not only protect its customers, but also health workers. With every mask that’s purchased, a surgical mask will also be donated to a health worker in need. Casetify initially launched by donating over 10,000 masks to Direct Relief, but after a high volume of sales, the brand increased this to 35,000. These masks also include removable filters.
Edeline Lee’s face masks feature a bendable wire nose piece that can be formed to the bridge of your nose, ensuring that your mask fits securely to your face. These products are made from Nonwoven Spunbond Polyproylene – which is the same fluid-resistant, breathable fabric used to make surgical masks and drapes.
The Mighty Company
A percentage of sales from Pearl Lowe’s Liberty Print masks will be donated to the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust in support of paramedics, healthcare workers and the communities that use these services during this difficult time.
Rag & Bone
$5 from every Rag & Bone mask that’s purchased will be donated to New York’s largest food rescue organisation City Harvest, which helps feed New Yorkers struggling to put meals on the table. For every $5 donated, the organisation will help feed 18 New Yorkers in need.
LoveShackFancy has employed seamstresses who have lost their businesses in the pandemic, to hand-make masks using the brand’s leftover fabrics and trimmings. A percentage of proceeds from each mask sold will be donated to hospitals and frontline workers who are fighting coronavirus. So far, LoveShackFancy has made 1,000 masks, with plans to produce many more.
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