Fashion brands are bringing out a new mid-season collection which I have called the Mask Collection. Since the wearing of masks is now being recommended, particularly in enclosed public places, I thought I would have a quick look at what is available. Many brands are selling masks to raise money for the NHS so apart from looking sartorially elegant (if possible in a mask) you will be protecting yourself and helping the NHS.
The advice in England remains that the general public shouldn’t try to buy medical face masks, as these need to be reserved for frontline staff and key workers only.
Baukjen want to play their part in getting as many people as they can to wear masks, #masks4all. To help make this possible They are totally transparent on how much they pay the factory, couriers and other related costs as they do not want to make any profit from the sale of these masks #inthistogether
Their masks are sold in packs of 5, including 4 adult masks and 1 for a child up to 12 years of age. With every pack bought, Baukjen will send you an additional pack of 5 masks, to share with your neighbours. Please note that there are mixed colours and prints in each pack and this is not selectable.
For those who wish to place a bulk order of masks, Baukjen offer a pack of 100 masks, including 80 adult masks and 20 for a child. With this purchase, they will ensure another 100 masks are distributed directly to The NHS Volunteer Army, other volunteers and the public. Please note that there are mixed colours and prints in each pack and this is not selectable.
One of Brora’s factories in Portugal is making PPE so Brora asked them to make face masks for their customers. Liberty kindly supplied the fabric and so some very pretty masks have been produced. They come in various prints that cannot be specified when ordering; all are divine.
Each mask has two layers of Liberty print cotton and one layer of nonwoven TNT fabric.
£10 from every mask will go to the NHS Charities Together; the rest covers VAT, fabric, lining, sewing and transport.
This is the real McCoy – the Commuters Face Mask which is designed for everyday urban use and guarantees effective protection against 95% of particles. Air pollution (inclu£ding PM2.5), smog, bacteria+germs, pollen and automobile exhaust whilst maintaining normal breathing. If you are a regular user of public transport or are often in enclosed public spaces then this is the one for you. One size fits all. Mask is Washable: Ready to use – Each has x1 interchangeable filter already integrated. Cost: £27.99 (saving of £2)
Set of 3 Face Masks, fun and vibrant and come in a choice of three colourways. Machine washable at 60℃. Pre-order now for delivery 26th May. They are made from two layers of high-quality cotton and feature expanding pleats and finished with two elastic hoops attached to the mask to fit comfortably over the ears. They are designed to cover the nose and mouth and should be worn bridged on the nose and just under the chin.
Made by the Aspiga sandal suppliers in Kenya. They started making masks as their orders for sandals dried up due to the pandemic. Aspiga will not be making a profit from the masks, they are just happy to be able to keep their Kenyan factory in work.
The shop ‘Mask Me UK’ offers packs of three floral designs printed on cotton poplin for £20 on Etsy. They are made from a double layer of 100% Cotton Poplin fabric which ensures less than 0.1% moisture regain.
This comfortable reusable face mask design was achieved by using chemical-free and all-natural cotton poplin fabric, making for a hypoallergenic face mask suitable for machine washing. The stretchy elastic fabric used to secure the mask to the ears enables for a universal fit, suitable for both men and women and children from the age of 7.
Plumo’s hand-made face masks are made from 4 layers of organic linen. Elasticated ear loops allow the mask to be easily put on and removed. They are light, breathable, washable at 90 degrees and reusable. Linen is one of the oldest fabrics used by mankind and is resilient and functional. More importantly, linen has naturally antibacterial properties. With every sale, Plumo are donating to the ‘Masks 4 Heroes’ crowdfunding campaign providing PPE to NHS frontline staff.
They sell a variety of fabrics in adult, teenager and child sizes.
The DAI masks are the luxury end however they are made of crepe-de-chine, two-tone reversible design with a built in filter pocket. The fabric is naturally hypoallergenic which naturally regulates temperature. It is beneficial for sensitive and blemish prone skin and has a nature fungal resistance.
These masks can be pre-ordered and are expected to ship between 26th May – 20th June.
ALICE COX CREATIVE
Alice Cox is a 27-year-old freelance theatre prop maker and set designer. She started creating bespoke face masks from old designer fabrics from her spare room in Kennington, London.
She has designed them with a pocket large enough to fit a filter and non-elastic band that will minimise irritation around your ears.
If you would like to put an order in please send Alice an email at:firstname.lastname@example.org. They cost £10 or £15 for a Liberty print one.
MAKE YOUR OWN
I hope this is helpful. Nobody knows definitively if the masks prevent cross-infection but at least wearing one you know that you have done everything you can. If more of us who wear a face mask it will encourage others to do the same.
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