As stay-at-home orders continue throughout America, the government has urged anyone who must leave their home to always keep their face covered, whether that’s with a makeshift bandana or bespoke cloth. But if you’re interested in purchasing something a little more comfortable that can be reused, there’s a slew of people in the hospitality industry and beyond who are pivoting to making face masks in an effort to decrease the country’s mask shortage. So rather than hoard N95 masks (donate those to your local hospital!), snag one of these fashionable, but still effective, masks instead.
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Known for culling together colorful aprons for chefs, this L.A.-based small business is now using that same fabric to make two-ply cotton face masks for $22 each. Colors and fabrics are subject to change, depending on availability, but expect striped blue, pink, and red masks to arrive at your door. Plus, for every mask purchased, Hedley & Bennett will donate a mask to an essential worker. Buy Now
Zazzle, an online marketplace where you can design your own T-shirts, has launched a range of colorful face masks, some with patterns, others that are customizable. Your face mask can be designed to your liking, emblazoned with anything from dog paws to unicorns.Buy Now
Christy Dawn, a sustainable clothing brand, is sewing together leftover fabric into plaid and striped face masks, sold in packs of five for $30, and for every one purchased the brand will donate five to those in need. Use code TOGETHER20 for 20 percent off. Buy Now
This jean company has started producing soft, cloth face masks, built with two layers of jersey fabric. You can’t choose the color, but most masks are either grey, black, green, or blue. A pack of five is $25. Buy Now
Steele Canvas, an industrial-size canvas producer, has partnered with Food52 to craft cloth masks. Buy one of these masks for $22 and Food52 will donate a second to medical facilities across the country. Buy Now
Deirdra Jones, the founder of Rendall Co., has long been supplying aprons and workwear to chefs, but now she’s helping the cause by producing chic face masks. Buy one mask for $19 and Rendall Co. will donate another to doctors. Buy Now
Independent artists are peddling handmade masks on Etsy, offering up printed cotton face masks in a variety of colors. Prices range from $3 to $20, depending on the fabric and style. You can snag simple black masks, ones with filters, cotton white masks, and unisex masks that’ll fit both adults and children.Buy Now
At Vistaprint, masks built with a filtration system start at $13 for kids and $18 for adults and are designed to fit all face sizes and shapes. Rewash and rewear without having to purchase a new one, plus they come in plenty of colors and patterns, like polka dots and stripes. Ten percent of business sales will go to support small businesses.Buy Now
Header image courtesy of Christy Dawn.