COVID-19 Couture: 10 Fashion Brands That Are Making Face Masks

COVID-19 Couture: 10 Fashion Brands That Are Making Face Masks

Like the rest of the world, the fashion and apparel industry has been hard hit by COVID-19. In many parts of the world, in the United States, much of Europe and elsewhere, fashion labels have been subject to the effects of lockdowns and the general economic downturn, often having to lay off workers and shut down production. 
Now, however, many fashion labels are fighting back | https://www.synzenbe.com/blog/major-fashion-labels-join-fight-against-covid-19-997/997 |, remobilizing their capacities to produce protective medical equipment | https://www.synzenbe.com/blog/race-to-remobilize-covid-19-and-the-fight-to-produce-protective-equipment-995/995 |. From major fashion labels to small-scale Etsy sellers, the fashion and apparel industry has gone to war with the coronavirus. With this in mind, here are 10 fashion brands that are making face masks to help limit the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. 
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1. AKings 
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Making masks is nothing new for designer Alan King of AKings | https://akingsny.com/products/first-aid |, who describes his styles as “future ninja wear.” When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he was already ideally poised to create masks that would provide personal protection at an affordable price: his disposable first aid masks are $1.00 each. He also has reusable cotton masks available at $30.00.
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2. Alyssa Nicole 
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Sustainable fashion label Alyssa Nicole is the brainchild of Alyssa Casares, who has been working on masks non-stop. She initially donated the masks she made to healthcare workers, but her label is now manufacturing them for sale to anyone who wants/needs one. Her stylish Alyssa Nicole face masks are $25.00 each | https://www.alyssa-nicole.com/products/face-mask?fbclid=IwAR3LllO6lp14FiUQdzEbMNzDDQpFgzQ2GqX2JjkPRLy0yBWxcuSRBrLiXXM |, but the proceeds go toward the mask materials and the shipping fare toward healthcare workers such as centers for disease control. 
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3. American Giant 
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American Giant | https://www.american-giant.com/pages/about-us |is famous for the “greatest hoodie ever made”, but when the coronavirus hit, the North Carolina-based fashion label dropped everything to retool its facilities and retrain its seamstresses to produce Health and Human Services (HHS)-certified medical masks. 
The company is distributing 35,000 of these masks every week to front line medical personnel and plans to aggressively increase production going forward. 
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4. Amy Kuschel 
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Amy Kuschel | https://shop.amykuschel.com/collections/lets-face-it-we-can-do-it-face-masks |is a label for ready-to-wear and bridal apparel – at least until the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The eponymous founder responded to the pandemic with a GoFundMe | https://www.gofundme.com/f/cloth-mask-covers-to-extend-the-use-of-n95-masks |that raised more than $10,000 to make 2,500 face masks. 
The face masks are cloth masks designed to fit over medical-grade N95 masks, and in so doing extend the lifespan of the N95 masks. Since this is a time when healthcare workers have to use their N95 masks for as long as humanly possible, every bit helps. 
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5. Aplat
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Aplat | https://aplat.com/pages/aplat-cotton-face-mask |is an origami-inspired brand that specializes in reusable bags for the purpose of transporting cooked dishes and flowers to social occasions and parties. 
Now that the COVID-19 cases are increasing, they have taken up COVID-19 couture: 100% sustainable, organic cotton face masks. Aplat’s origami skills are evident in the design of the masks. While not a substitute for a medical-grade N95 mask, these masks can still help to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Another reason to cheer on Aplat is that they are donating these masks to healthcare workers – one mask donated every time a customer purchases one for $28.00. They also have an active GoFundMe | https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-aplat-mask-donations |. 
 
Continue reading on SynZenBe | https://www.synzenbe.com/blog/covid-19-couture-10-fashion-brands-that-are-making-face-masks-1001/1001 |
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