Fashion designers are joining the battle against COVID-19 pandemic by creating non-surgical designer face masks with philanthropic causes.
When the call came for fashion designers to begin creating masks and protective gear for healthcare workers, big names from LVMH to L.L. Bean stepped in to help.
Masks are becoming a requirement in many public settings now.
So, our favourite up-and-coming fashion brands have begun offering inventive options that go beyond a bandana.
We have put together some of our favourite designers, who are creating their own non-medical fashion face masks.
All with charitable intention to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stay safe in style, help front line healthcare workers, and give back to those in need, all at the same time.
Here are top 10 fashion labels to buy designer face mask from:
Sarah Regensburger, a German-born, London-based vegan fashion designer with eco-conscious ethos.
Her fashion designs are superb narratives of rebellion, indulgence and extravagance.
To support the fight against COVID-19, she has created one-of-a-kind designer face masks upcycled from her AW20 Collection fabrics leftovers.
The label is donating 10% of each mask sold to support the NHS in the United Kingdom. 100% animal and cruelty-free
Sustainable label Collina Strada is turning deadstock material from past collections into beautiful, maximalist masks.
With contrasting patterns and delicate bows, these masks echo the brand’s mission to be a platform of self-expression and exude a much-needed sense of joy during this dark time.
Although these masks are on the pricier side, for every mask purchased, five will be donated to healthcare workers in New York City.
Los Angeles-based clothing brand Buck Mason has set a goal to donate one million non-medical face masks to communities in California and across the United States.
“We never dreamed we’d be able to donate one million masks when this all started, but now that’s looking like a real possibility,” said Buck Mason co-founders Erik Allen Ford and Sasha Koehn.
By making more non-medical grade masks available to local communities, they hope to
“help reduce the demand for medical-grade N95 masks needed by healthcare workers fighting this disease on the front lines.“
Available in packs of five, Buck Mason’s anti-microbial masks last up to 30 wash cycles and will ship out the week of May 18th. For every mask purchased, the brand will donate one — and so far, they’ve donated 343,685 (and counting!).
The designer has been hard at work to help those who are most vulnerable during the pandemic.
For every mask purchased (which vary in prices), Costello has been donating them to various places in Los Angeles, including the LAPD, USPS workers, Children’s Hospital L.A. and many more.
Kosovo-born, NYC-based designer Lirika Matoshi is crafting whimsical face masks that channel the effortless romance of her namesake brand.
Choose from masks adorned with beaded strawberries, embroidered daises or rainbow print. 100% of the proceeds go towards charities in Kosovo.
The designer reported on her Instagram page that she had raised over $23 000 in just four hours.
The now sold-out masks will be restocking as soon as possible.
The model teams up with Billie Blooms for a good cause!
For every $20 mask sold, one will be donated to someone in need.
The two have also partnered with Feeding America to help those in Miami and New York.
New York-based company Caraa typically makes high-end handbags, but quickly made the decision to begin producing non-medical masks to help support COVID-19 relief efforts.
“We did not want to make a ‘fashion mask.’ The intent of this is to help flatten the curve, not to make a fashion statement,” said Aaron Luo, CEO and Co-Founder of Caraa
A portion of sales was donated to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 relief fun, and now the brand is matching each purchase with a donation to New York’s relief efforts.
The reusable masks can be purchased in packs of five and are currently available for pre-order on the site.
Founded in Copenhagen by Emilie Helmstedt, HELMSTEDT is an ethical fashion label dedicated to merging fashion, art and sustainability.
All of the prints used in her designs are hand-painted and feature expressive brushstrokes and vibrant colours.
Using the deadstock material from her previous collections, Helmsetdt is handcrafting face masks with fun, unique prints.
The designer is donating the proceeds to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
New York City-based fashion label Abacaxi, founded by Sheena Sood, has created non-medical cotton designer face masks available in a variety of prints and quantities.
The masks also feature an opening inside for a filter to go between the two layers of woven cotton.
Sood, a textile designer, quickly made the pivot to produce face masks to meet the increased need.
The designer says she is currently working with another sewer in Brooklyn to get them made.
The brand is giving customers the option to receive a free mask with any clothing purchase.
“Abacaxi is also donating 15% of profits to The New Sanctuary Coalition, an NYC-based organization led by & for immigrants to stop the inhumane system of deportations & detentions in the U.S.,” Sood said.
This fashion brand is producing non-medical masks in packs of two available for purchase on its website.
The reusable 100% cotton masks are made with a double layer of non-woven fabric as a means of extra protection.
Michael Stars is also participating in the LA Protects program, helping to produce face masks for those in need in Los Angeles.
The brand successfully raised $10,000 for One Fair Wage’s Emergency Service Worker’s Fund and is currently focusing its fundraising efforts to help the FreeForm Organization, which helps protect domestic violence victims and survivors.
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