9 of the Best L.A-Made Face Masks You Can Order Online
Experts agree that practicing social distancing and staying home are the best things we can do right now to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. But if you need to leave the house, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises wearing face coverings to help protect others. And Mayor Eric Garcetti has even made wearing them a city-wide order. So, in a quick business pivot (think Project Runway meets The Walking Dead), many Los Angeles-based designers and company heads have reconfigured their workshops, factories and dining room tables to sew cloth face masks. While these aren’t as effective as official PPE (personal protective equipment) such as face guards and N95-classified masks (which should go to healthcare workers first and foremost), the following masks can help you to not touch your face and also block some viral transmission. Bonus: Many brands will donate a mask to healthcare professionals for each one sold.
(Please note that an overwhelming demand could result in delivery delays.)
1. Vintage Vibes at Johnny Was
The boho-chic brand quickly moved their design team, factories, and production capabilities into mask-making facilities. With the use of repurposed fabrics, Johnny Was is on track to deliver the first shipment of 10,000 masks this week to healthcare and essential workers through several organizations including Cedars-Sinai, Children’s Hospital LA, Project Angel Food, 5 Acres and more. These silk-and-cotton masks are not medical but for protective use, including a slit for an additional filter. And, win-win: For every five masks you purchase, you're donating the same number.
2. T-Shirt Softness at Los Angeles Apparel
This DTLA sportswear manufacturer is going great guns, churning out bright 100 percent cotton face masks that feature ties you can adjust around your head (which may be more comfy or snug than the elastic ear loops that most masks use).
3. Bright Prints from Matrushka
These colorful masks are made from scraps of fabric from the indie Silverlake designer who has amused us with her dresses and separates featuring smiling cats, wizened space aliens, rainbow-backed unicorns and more. Now you can wear these quirky designs on your face, hopefully bringing a smile to those around you (from a safe distance, of course).
4. Spotted Chic at Sanctuary Clothing
This L.A.-based casual clothing brand is known for its size-inclusive (up to 24W) ultra-flattering cargo pants, as well as a host of separates that sum up how we want to dress in SoCal (namely, hip yet relaxed). So we’re smitten with the selection of prints in their disposable mask set, available for pre-order now. The pink leopard spots and camo are great—as is the brand’s promise to donate an N95 mask to healthcare workers for every set purchased.
5. Minimalist and Hip from Hedley & Bennett
Prestige apron makers-turned-mask producers, these guys have designed reusable, protective masks in consultation with Dr. Robert Cho, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at a local children’s hospital. They have transitioned their factory in Vernon, CA to begin producing these critical supplies that are made with a pocket designed to be used with a filter (such as a HEPA filter or even a coffee filter inserted within the fabric) but can also be worn without. Bonus: For every mask purchased, one is donated.
6. Bold Style from Tracy Feith
Fanciful dress designer Tracy Feith is making two-layer cotton masks in a range of chic designs including a retro floral, a black-and-white gingham, a prairie dress worthy floral stripe and a dramatic pink thistle print. For each mask purchased, Feith is donating a simple white cotton one to individuals working in local businesses that remain open.
7. Chambray at Ripley Rader
This L.A. designer made her name with gorgeous, affordable jersey jumpsuits and has now entered the mask-making business with equally-gorgeous face coverings (we're fans of the glitter option). Buy one, and she'll send two to at-risk patients and healthcare workers.
8. Diversity in Action at Mixed-Up Clothing
Owner and designer Sonia N. Kang celebrates multicultural experience in her line of children’s and adult clothes, and she’s using fabric left over from excess inventory to make masks for all ages. Her masks are two-layer, with a pocket to hold an additional fabric layer for added filtration. Order a mask and she will donate one to medical personnel and first responders. As for your mask, it’s the luck of the draw what you receive but we’d be happy of any of the patterns shown on the site which include smiling geisha cartoon characters, graphic kente cloth or a Frida Kahlo-emblazoned pattern.
9. Get and Give Safety at Reformation
Reformation has partnered with Mayor Garcetti to produce thousands of non-medical face masks made from varying materials that can be machine-washed and reused (unlike medical-grade masks which should be disposed of after use). Just remember to wash your hands immediately before and after putting the masks on, advises the brand. Extra great feature? You can buy a set of five for yourself as well as five to donate.