The 11 best cloth face masks from fashion brands in Canada to buy and wear now

 

Love it or hate it Face Mask Fashion is the new fashion accessory that is finding its place in everyone's wardrobes across the planet and these are 11 Canadian fashion brands that are rocking mask collections down the online runway.

Ecclectic designs are taking their rightful place on the mouths' of those venturing from their lockdown. And the fashion accessory is getting noticed, with the venerable Lyst Index, which tracks the worlds hottest products and brands, put the Fashion Face Mask at the top of its first quarter of 2020 index. The hottest men's product in the world is a $75 face mask from Off White featuring its iconic arrow squarely across the mouth.

Uranta Mindful Clothing' editors in support of this burgeoning fashion item came up with its own list of 11 super creative and mindful face mask designers across Canada -- many of whom are using the profits of these masks to outfit needy and vulnerable communities who won't be able to afford what is becoming an indispensible part of every wardrobe.

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. All the masks on the list are non-medical masks and not intended to be used in a medical setting where N95 masks are in short supply and in dire need to stop the spread of COVID-19. They are all washable and reusable to limit the impact of the Face Mask Fashion accessory on the planet. 

 

Glasgow face mask coverings are the perfect combination of style, comfort and protection

JENNIFER GLASGOW DESIGN

Jennifer Glasgow design has a very clean cut collection of masks with discrete and tasteful designs, with a range of sizes for adults and children. The Montreal-based studio is making their masks from two layers of cotton with a pouch in the middle for an extra layer of protection, and adjustable ear ties. The stylish creations from this maker of high end sustainable fashion sell for $20 each. Available shipping dates are posted on the company’s color pallet per mask.

  • Filter pocket: yes
  • Material : 100% cotton
  • Straps: Adjustable ear ties

 

Frank and Oak face mask coverings made from unsold shirt inventory with sustainable fabrics

FRANK & OAK

This Montreal-based sustainable clothing designer has released a very sharp looking face mask covering made from recycling its unsold inventory of shirts. Each shirt can be transformed or upcycled into 5 masks, with the masks retailing at 2 for $24, limit of 3 sets per customer. Frank & Oak has some very sustainable manufacturing processes, using recycled cotton, polyester and wool amongst other materials for its designs. All proceeds from the sale of face masks will be donated to non profit food bank Moisson Montreal

  • Filter pocket: no
  • Material: 100% recycled polyester
  • Ear straps: behind the ear white elastic
  • Giving back: all proceeds to Moisson Montreal food bank

 

Grandi masks are that perfect Covid-19 kiss when social distancing is a Face Mask away

ATELIER GRANDI

If you love lips then you are going to love this smoochy collection from Vancouver-based designer Grandi with absolutely dozens of different puckers to adorn this double layer polyrayon face mask. The masks have a pocket inside for a slip in filter and retail for $25.50 each on the company’s Etsy store.

  • Filter pocket: yes
  • Material: polyrayon
  • Straps: black elastic around the ears

 

Kwesiya face mask fashion beautiful African face covering mask

KWESIYA

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

 

E3CD face mask fashion with copper protection and styllsh presentation

EC3D

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

 

Uranta Mindful Clothing


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 pocket: yes
  • material: polyester, spandex knit
  • straps: comfy around the ear contained elastics

 Uranta comfortable and light face mask covering for ultimate branded comfort

 

Hayley super creative Face Mask Fashion pieces for daily face covering fun

HAYLEY ELSAESSER

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

 

Encircled non medical face mask covering top of the charts for simplicity

Encircled

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

Puffin Gear practical and beautiful face mask fashion collection to brighten any day

The Orange Room

This company has been making unique hats for the past 20 years in their Toronto studio and has now introduced a line of colorful cotton face masks that are held to the head using elastic straps. The company says they are having lots of demand so orders are two weeks out for the 2 layer woven cotton face masks that appear on the company’s website in more than 28 pretty and practical designs. Pricing starts at C$15.95 per mask or about C$14.50 each for a box of 4. 

 

 

  • Filter pocket: No
  • Material: Woven cotton
  • Straps : elastic around the ears
 

 

theberge face mask covering for the expressionfull fashion face mask revolution

 

Théberge

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

 

Maritime tartan when your face mask fashion is a source of pride and more

Maritime Tartan Co.

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

 

 

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