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Mask Up In These Designs By Independent Fashion Labels

From handcrafted masks to versatile mask covers, shop these labels to support independent designers and local initiatives.

In recent weeks, international design houses have incited headlines for flipping their ateliers into manufacturing hubs for medical masks and gowns. These efforts have inspired additional corporations to follow suit and combat the burden that Covid-19 continues to inflict on the masses. While members of the fashion industry have made significant contributions to relief efforts, this area of commerce has faced a sharp decrease in consumer spending, placing strain on those working in production, retail, and beyond. Yet, in spite of current strains on these businesses, emerging fashion and design labels – both locally and abroad – are pooling their resources to support at-risk populations in whatever ways they can.

In a time when the principle of community bears crucial to protecting those who need it most, we highlight some of the fashion and design labels volunteering to provide relief to vulnerable members of society. Purchasing from these names will not only finance the production of critical supplies, but also supports the longevity of their businesses through this uncertain time.

This article first appeared on Harper’s Bazaar Singapore.

Cotton masks, $20-$28, Closet Children
Rachael Cheong, the fashion designer and founder of Closet Children has created some of the most eye-catching masks around. The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague alumna who is known for her doll-inspired designs and Victoriana-influenced garments, has created a selection of cotton or silk masks in Liberty-style floral prints or gingham. Customers can also personalise the ear-ties and choose from materials like a pretty ruffled elastic (our personal favourite).   To buy simple direct message the label here Cotton mask, $19, Olive Ankara
Most of you might know Singapore-based, eco-friendly label Olive Ankara for its West African wax print textiles. The vibrant fabric has since found itself on handmade face masks that the label is selling, with 10 per cent of its proceeds being donated to help vulnerable migrant workers and Singaporeans. All masks are washable, reusable and reversible and are available in both adult and kids’ sizes.   Buy it here Cotton mask, $12, Ans.Ein
Singapore-based designer Anseina Eliza’s label Ans.Ein is selling reusable cotton masks to aid local front liners. Available in both adult and children’s’ sizes, the masks reflect her Indonesian heritage with batik as well as abstract tie-dye prints. Other options include solid-coloured masks that span colourr like baby pink and navy blue. The womenswear label has already donated 1,500 masks to essential-service workers, with all revenue from futures sales of the masks going into the production of overalls and additional protective gear.   Buy it here       Polyester mask, $12, Minor Miracles
Homegrown fashion brand Minor Miracles is creating reusable face masks from the line’s leftover fabric stock. The newest batch of the masks have to be pre-ordered in advance and designs will include those bearing the brand’s signature watercolour print. They will be handmade by recent fashion graduates and will be made-to-order to prevent any wastage. All profits from sales of the masks will be donated to Food from the Heart, The Community Foundation of Singapore, New Hope Community Services and TTSH Community Fund.   Buy it here   Fabric mask, given out free with online orders, Klarra
Minimalist womenswear label Klarra is making face masks of equal measure. Instead of selling them, however, the label will be accompanying every online purchase of its designs with a 60ml hand sanitiser and a handmade, reusable, fabric mask. Klarra has also donated a number of its masks to The People’s Association Women’s Integrated Network Council’s ‘Project Masks’ which ensures distribution to those most in need.   Learn more here       Cotton mask cover, $12.90, Cocoonese
Made for those looking to spruce up their existing masks, Singapore-based handcraft and design label Cocoonese offers an array of pretty handmade cotton mask covers. All you have to do is slip your mask into the opening of the cover and then tug the handles to tighten. Cocoonese’s mask covers are also safe for washing (by hand or machine) and will allow you to get at least three more uses out of your surgical mask.   Buy it here Cotton mask cover, $12, Marvelous Works
Set up to empower women from single-parent households, Singapore-based design label and social enterprise Marvelous Works specialises in handcrafted clothing, bags and lifestyle products. Similar to Cocoonese, their face mask covers allow for multiple uses per disposable mask. All covers are made from 100 per cent cotton, come in a selection of designs that include pleated and three-dimensional weaved versions and are hand-washable as well. They also come in adult and kids sizes.   Buy it here   Cotton mask, US$25 (S$35), Black Iris
A go-to for feminine floral prints, Black Iris is donating floral face masks to American front liners including grocery store employees, delivery workers, and healthcare staff, with every mask purchased. Available individually or in a pack of three, these face masks are all machine washable and come in an array of floral prints.   Buy it here Cotton mask, US$25 (S$35), The Mighty Company
The punchy outerwear label sourced zany fabrics from its 2016 archives to yield an eclectic selection of masks featuring antimicrobial lining. Every mask ordered from the L.A. design house finances the assembly of another mask to be donated to The Midnight Mission, a homeless shelter and service provider in downtown Los Angeles.   Buy it here Cotton mask, US$30 (S$42) per pack of two, Camp Collection
The outdoor brand known for ’60s inspired T-shirts, polos and more is bringing its signature solid trim to the growing list of American brands equipping their communities with safe facial protection. In addition to supporting the sewers and staff behind “The Brady Bunch” approved T-shirts, shorts and baseball caps, proceeds from each mask sale will fund a mask for an essential worker.   Buy it here Knit mask, US$54 (S$76) per pack of two, M.Patmos
The Brooklyn knitwear hub will pour a percentage of earnings garnered from the durable face covers into the Food Bank for New York City. In lieu of the spike in demand for food-related aid in the city, this fundraising effort directs urgent relief to New Yorkers in need.   Buy it here Cotton mask, US$10 (S$14), Vida
The zero-waste destination’s diverse community of designers have wielded their talents to create a line of 100 per cent cotton masks with built-in carbon filters. From solid pigments to simple gingham prints, the collection offers something for everyone. Most importantly, 10 per cent of the profits will support SF Marin Food Bank and Food Bank NYC, contributing to the nourishment of those in need.   Buy it here Cotton and silk mask, US$21 (S$30), Kes
The New York-based label has adapted its environmentally sound practices to the production of masks in response to the global crisis. The sustainable, washable pieces now come in kids’ sizes as well to ensure all customers are covered. For every face mask purchased, Kes will donate one to a healthcare worker.   Buy it here Cotton mask, US$30 (S$42) per pack of five, Christy Dawn
The eco-conscious brand has helmed a dainty collection of masks that will be sold in packs of five. The ethical manufacturer will match each batch sold by donating an additional five to people in need. Fashioned from scrap materials in a variety of muted colourways, the range of cotton and linen accessories offer protective aid that is environmentally friendly and versatile.   Buy it here Cotton mask, US$48 (S$82) per pack of four, Jonathan Simkhai
Adjusting his supply chain infrastructure to help meet the surmounting demands of cotton masks in the Los Angeles area, designer Jonathan Simkhai is paying it forward. The crisp cloth shields, available online, come in beige, olive, nude, brown, and in a multi-colour set of four. For each unit bought, the studio will donate one mask to an essential worker.   Buy it here