Who would have thought that summer 2020 would have us scrambling to find the right face mask to add to our daily wardrobe?
From PPE to a fashion statement, face masks have become the latest unexpected trend in fashion. What started as the fashion industries response to a global PPE shortage has morphed into new revenue stream for designers.
While LOVE DOT won't be getting in the face mask business, here's a list of brands and designers who are.
Atlanta based F&W Style has upgraded the face mask from PPE to a luxury accessory. The non medical grade leather masks come in five dynamic colors - blue, red, green, yellow, and salmon. Each comes with a removable cloth linen lining and an adjustable strap. Retail Price: $45
Nigerian based artisan brand, Tufafii, offers a variety of Ankara print face masks with matching head wraps, for those looking to truly turn heads. All masks are non medical grade and shipping to the U.S. happens within 5 - 7 days. Retail Price: $29.99
The Brooklyn based Pan-African retailer sells Ankara face masks from Kua Designs Ghana. Retail Price: $12
Some brands are using the proceeds from face mask sales to do good. Detroit-based brand Diop has raised more than $30,000 for a range of charities in the Detroit area and donated 5,000 medical-grade masks to health care works in the city. Retail Price: $15
Guinea born designer, Binta Sagale, was one of the first designers to put a creative spin on face masks, taking it from protective gear to a style statement. Her masks are designed using a wide range of prints - from Ankara, to camouflage; and her masks are made with a built in filter. Retail Price: $10.99 - $22.99
The gender-neutral brand Ijji offers a one-size-fits-all face mask option in a pinstriped pattern. The brand is known for its minimalistic approach to apparel. Retail Price: $12 for 2
Three-pack non-medical face masks are a hot commodity. Made in classic Madewell Style, each one is crafted from leftover fabric scraps, which means every color is a limited edition. Retail Price: $20
This UK based organic beauty brand also sells Ankara face masks. Retail Price: 6.99 GBP (Great British Pounds)
There are face masks and then there are Zam Ghuden creations. The Dallas based designer offers an ensemble look - face mask plus head wrap - for those bold enough to make it work. Her masks have already adorned the faces of reality tv stars, like Nene Leaks. Retail Price: $49.99 - $99.99
Lastly, for those of you who want to buck the trend and make your own masks using materials you have at home, here is a guide to help you make that happen. Fashion Girls for Humanity, a New York based non profit, is offering a free pattern download. Click here to learn more.