Face Mask Fashion is exploding as the world awakens to face coverings as the must have fashion accessory of 2020.
Brands across the world have been retooling their workshops almost overnight to meet the demand for face coverings on all sides of the planet.
The Lyst Index which tracks the world's hottest products and brands ranked the Off-White’s arrow face mask as the hottest men’s product in the world in the First quarter of 2020. The mask sold-out at $75 each and now sells online for upwards of $750.
Uranta compiled a list of 7 super creative and mindful face mask designers across Canada -- many of whom jumped into the need to provide non-medical masks for consumers and also create most generous donation or profit contribution projects for frontline workers.
This list is by no means exhaustive and will continue to grow, it just gives some good ideas of where to look in North America and Canada for quality face mask designs.
These absolutely gorgeous African wax fabric prints come in more than 8 designs with the tantalizing name of Arpo, Auri, Isma and Natal to name a few. The price point for these exquisite reversible masks is $15 for adults or $13 for kids’ size and they come with either elastic ear straps or around the head ties.
Handmade in Toronto, these 3 layer masks are sure to make a bold statement and give life in this realm of Face Mask Fashion
- Filter pocket: no
- Material: 100% Cotton | African Wax fabric
- Straps: tie around head or elastic ear straps upon ordering
This Laval, Quebec manufacturer of compression sports wear has a sporty looking mask that are retailing 2 for $19.99. The face mask covering is made of a copper fibre that the company says molds to your face and is reusable and washable. It also touts that their masks have 84.4% Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) but not N95 and not intended for medical use.
- Filter pocket: no
- Material: Copper fibre
- Ear Straps: two straps around the head
Like many designers on the Uranta Best Face Mask list, Hayley Elsaesser has merely morphed her quirky designs onto the front of a mask in support of non-medical use of face masks. Catchy and fun designs like Serpentine, Mouthy, 8 Ball Cowboy and our personal favorite Eyegina make for a fun bit of Face Mask Fashion in this 12 piece collection. The masks sell for $25 each with 20% of the purchase price being donated to Foodbankscanada.ca
- Filter pocket: No
- Material: Quilted jersey fabric
- Straps: Over ear elastic
- Giving Back: 20% of purchase price donated to Foodbankscanada.ca
Toronto-based Encircled, which has been making a line of veratile "capsule wardrobe essentials", is taking pre-orders for their organic cotton/recycled polyester masks with shipping ready to go at the end of May.
The masks retail for C$58 for a pack of 5 or $11.60 each and are available in black. These masks have a pocket inside the two layers which the company says is good for a filter or an extra layer of fabric -- with many people choosing to beef up their masks with a coffee filter or a nylon pantyhose (which may or may not reduce breathabilty).
- Filter pocket: yes
- Material: GOTS certified blended cotton
- Straps: white elastic ear bands
If you like the idea of wearing a pair of blue jeans on your face then this $95 face mask will be the perfect fit for your Face Mask Fashion Wardrobe. These masks, which basically put the crotchline of the jeans down the centre of your face -- well not every mask is the same of course -- are tied behind the head and have an adjustable nose wire. They are washable and come in three sizes – women, men, kids
- Filter pocket : no
- Straps: tie around head
- Material : upcycled denim
- Giving back : you buy one, they donate one to healthcare worker
This manufacturer of everything Tartan has closed its regular business until July 1st but it has turned its attention to making their Tartan line of face masks – at least 600 masks a week according to their website. The masks are intended for quick trips as they are made of an outer layer of brushed cotton and an inner layer of fleece, and are priced right at only $8 each. The company has 14 styles on their website that aside from Tartan include those for fisherman, Pride, and marijuana affecionados.
- Filter pocket: no
- Material: brushed cotton/fleece
This company, based just outside of Toronto, has been making a comfortable lifestyle line of yoga inspired activewear in farily traded factories in Mexico, where they employ single mothers in flexible work environments. To meet the surging demand, the company turned to one of its manufacturing partners and has turned a line of machines that were making socks into a line dedicated to masks.
Uranta is focused on corporate customers needing thousands of comfortable, washable and branded masks in an assortment of colors with maks in quantities of 1,000 starting at only 99 cents each. The company is taking orders now with lead times of less than one week for non-customized face masks and two weeks for logo and custom color masks.
The masks are made of 2 layers of polyester, which is a fabric that is comfortable but does not absorb moisture, and they are touted as a "one hand on and off design" that are washable for 20+ washes.
- filter pocke: yes
- material: polyester, spandex knit
- straps: comfy around the ear contained elastics