Although many countries around the world have curbed the spread of COVID-19, the United States continues to break records—and not in a good way. Record cases have exploded in many western and southern states, and these hot spots for COVID-19 infections don’t seem to be changing anytime soon. The government and public health officials continue to urge anyone who must leave their home to always keep their face covered in public, whether that’s with a makeshift bandana or bespoke cloth. Wearing a mask may have become a tangible political symbol in this country, but it’s been proven that masks drastically reduce infection rates and keep people healthy.
So for anyone who’s looking to purchase a mask that’s comfortable and can also be reused, there’s a slew of people in the hospitality industry and beyond who are pivoting to making face masks. 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
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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
This lifestyle apparel brand is selling colorful face masks, and for every mask purchased one will be donated to our frontline medical works. Plus, Oz + Otz is also offering face masks for kids, in patterns like polka dots, florals, and stripes.Buy Now
The brains behind Mealthy are also supplying customers with medical, disposable face masks, sold in boxes of 50 for $34.95 each.Buy Now
The giant retailer of course offers plenty of face masks for sale—from the reusable kind to ones you can throw away—but we like these copper compression face masks, built with four layers of protection and a dual filter that helps ventilate out any germs and bacteria.Buy Now
Along with leggings and athletic gear, the sporty brand has also launched its own line of face masks, sold in packs of five for $30. The reusable masks come in five colors—red, blue, tan, black, and camo—and are designed so you can wash them after use. Plus, Athleta has pledged to donate 100,000 non-medical masks to major health care organizations.Buy Now
Header image courtesy of Christy Dawn.