Textile Designers Share the Best Face Masks They’ve Been Wearing
From cowboy fringes to floral prints.
Published Aug 18, 2020 12:00 AM
While we’re all doing our part to keep others (and ourselves) safe by donning a face mask every time we walk out the front door, it’s nice to have a little fun with it while we’re at it. We asked seven textile designers to share the face coverings they’ve been wearing, and they came back with a wide range of favorite designs, ranging from paisley prints to cowboy fringes.
These experts know more than just what looks good. They understand which fabrics are softest and the key characteristics in an effective product. A group of researchers at Duke University that analyzed the effectiveness of various homemade masks found that cotton options were the safest after N95 and surgical masks, CNN reports. “Plus they’re reusable and save N95 respirators for the frontline workers who really need them,” says Emily Fischer, founder of Haptic Lab. Look no further than these recommendations to upgrade your collection.
For Little Ones
I like this option from Quality Mask Supply. Jill Andrews is a wedding gown designer based in Baltimore and was one of the first designers to make them back in March. They’re made of 300-thread-count organic cotton, so they are so soft. I also like the adjustable tie. I’ve had trouble finding masks that fit my daughter, so these are the best solution for her. —Hana Getachew, founder of Bole Road Textiles
For Extra Protection
My favorite face mask is from my friend Sheena Sood’s textile line, Abacaxi. It’s made from two layers of deadstock cotton and has a filter pocket inside. They’re sewn here in New York. I love the playful colors, patterns, and snug, secure fit. Out of my entire collection, this is the one I have to adjust the least and is the most comfortable enough to wear for hours. —Nisha Mirani, cofounder of Shop Sunday/Monday
For Picnics at the Park
I really love Heather Taylor Home’s masks. I like that they have elastic loops versus ties, and the gingham pattern is so classic and fun! Plus, they’re 100 percent cotton and so breathable. Also, for every mask pack purchased, the company donates 10 through its Masks for All initiative. —Rebecca Atwood, founder of Rebecca Atwood
For Running Errands in Style
I’ve been making cotton masks with a scallop-embroidered detail, and I love wearing them. They come in either deep blush, pink, sage, or blue; fit really well; and are subtle but special. They match my style. —Jessie Randall, founder of Loeffler Randall
For a Conversation Starter
I have two favorites right now. One is a Creamsicle checkered number from Late to the Party. All of the face coverings are made from vintage ’70s textiles. Jenny, the owner, worked at Aelfie for years before starting her own wonderful company. The second is a truly outrageous cowboy-inspired fringed mask from Magic Society, made of cotton. Sporting vintage fabrics is important to me, as is supporting fellow artists and women-owned businesses. I love the look, the purpose, and the people behind both products. —Aelfie Oudghiri, founder of Aelfie
For a Pop of Pattern
I’m loving my friend and textile designer Stevie Howell’s masks. They are made in Los Angeles, where she’s based. They’re washable and reusable, have a nice fit, and showcase cute prints from Stevie’s loungewear collection. —Christina Bryant, founder of St. Frank
For Otherworldly Vibes
I love the masks made by our former colleague Steak Diane here in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The designs are iconic, and half of each sale goes to very worthy nonprofits, like the Ali Forney Center. Finally, I love the ones by Hekima Hapa, founder of @blackgirlssew, which are made from gorgeous, colorful West African prints. —Emily Fischer
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