Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued an executive order requiring all LA residents to wear face coverings when outside their homes. So, that means, if you don't have a mask, you need one! Since we first wrote up this article a few weeks ago, many more Los Angeles-based factories and small businesses have joined the mask-making effort to help you stay safe, keep others safe, and help those in need, and we want to make sure they're highlighted for the work they're doing.
Please remember that face coverings and non-medical masks are by no means a way to prevent transmission of the virus all together nor can they take the place of social distancing and handwashing practices, but they can assist in protecting you or others from potential exposure.
Tons of local clothing companies and other businesses have turned to making and donating non-medical masks to essential workers, like grocery store workers, postal workers, and bus drivers, therefore making the medical-grade protective equipment available to the essential workers that desperately need it.
Below, see where you can purchase a non-medical mask while donating one to an essential worker who needs one.
Want to order some rad masks and help the World Health Organization in one fell swoop? Our buddies at FEVO are donating a portion of their proceeds to WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Their extra-comfy single-use face masks ship anywhere in the US: Buy some masks today and help do good.
LA-based knitwear company Dolan has always been on a mission to help others through their clean laundry program for those in need. Now, they’ve turned to non-medical mask production to help both you stay protected and to donate face covers to essential workers that need them right now. $10 will get a protective face cover for you, and it will also donate one to an essential worker. They've also launched their hand-dyed Infinity bandana, if a bandana is more your think. Plus it makes a cute accessory, too! \
Founded by a tour manager in need of a new business idea, Rob's Masks was founded not only to help you stay protected during the COVID-19 pandemic, but to donate to musicians in need. The best part is that you can also customize your mask in Rob's Design Lab. You can support musicians and music industry folks who are currently struggling by purchasing directly from the Musicares collection.
Sokka & Alumiere is offering families, natural fibered clothing, and accessories not only adorn in but to achieve and maintain breathability, wellness, and health consciousness. Made with a washable filter and organic cotton lining, their Anti-Drop Mask has the highest /closest protection with the most breathability after N95 mask. Masks are available in toddler to adult sizes.
LA brand Kid Dangerous has been around since 2007, and they make some pretty rad t-shirts. During the pandemic, they've been doing their part by creating super-fun printed masks for both adults and children. For each mask sold, one is donated to LA Family Housing, to help the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Venice clothing company Christy Dawn is making what they’re calling ‘The Sustainable Mask,’ made from 100% deadstock cotton and behind-the-ear elastic. For $30, you are purchasing 10 masks. Five to keep, and five to donate. The masks are all made by their talented dressmakers and shipping team, based in Los Angeles.
Local leather worker and designer Brittany Matyas has recently expanded her custom leather design business to make protective face coverings. Her masks are made of 100% cotton, and have her signature rock 'n' roll flair. DM Brittany on Instagram to purchase!
Maka Masks, based in Long Beach, is run by teens and is donating 25% of profits to COVID-19 relief in Long Beach. All masks are handmade and available in a variety of fabircs.
Super cool lifestyle shop Poketo has collaborated with MEALS Clothing to create a $20 mask set, featuring two printed masks. 25% of proceeds will go to CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), an organization founded by actor Sean Penn who is helping those desperately in need right now.
This adorable brick and mortar on Melrose is utilizing their online shop to keep Angelenos safe through handmade mask sales. Cloud Hunter's masks are made locally, and profits are being donated to COVID-19 relief.
You can't go wrong with all black! PRGRSS masks are made of 100% cotton and include a filter pocket for carbon filters.
Local vintage upcycling business Vintage Redeaux is doing their part in keeping you protected right now *and* reducing, reusing, and recycling with their upcycled face masks. Each mask is made from recycled cotton fabric. Buy one for yourself or a loved one, and donate one to a healthcare worker in need of one.
For every mask sold, LA-based menswear company Buck Mason will donate one to an essential worker. For $20, you will receive a 5-pack of masks made with an anti-microbial coating, which will last for 30 washes. For another $20, you can directly donate the pack to essential workers.
Hedley & Bennett, who typically make the best aprons around, have now transformed their factory in Vernon, CA to be a mask-making production center. For $22, you can purchase a mask, and donate one too. If you're looking for masks to be donated to your business for essential workers or you'd like to donate a bulk amount, you can also request a donation from H&B.
Ultracool vintage boutique Stash on York is also aiding in the mask-making effort for Los Angeles! Since mid-March, the owner of Stash has been working furiously to perfect her mask design and has been donating them around the city to essential workers. All of her masks are currently being donated, but, on some days, she has a few extra masks she is able to sell to the public. See here for details!
Purchase masks made from vintage or recycled fabric from Courtyard LA! Each purchase helps keep their small team working. You can also further help support Courtyard by donating directly to their GoFundMe page. There, you also have the option to purchase masks at a discounted rate through your donation.
For every five masks sold, Selva Negra will be able to donate one non-medical grade mask to someone who needs it. A single mask is $15, and 5 and 20-packs are available. Selva Negra has also created a size for kids, and a few sizes for adults. Purchase them here.
Purveyors of some of the coolest denim garments in the game, 69, are also contributing to the non-medical mask effort! From a ruffled style to the classic over the ears version, there are plenty to choose from.
BANGTEL, a company based in Chicago with California connections, has launched Mr. Pink's Shop, producing non-medical masks for anyone in need. The name comes from BANGTEL's new Palm Spring all-pink property, hopefully opening later this year. The playful masks are available in adult and kid sizes, and are made with cute patterns like polka dots and donuts. They're handmade, washable, and triple-layered with a filter pocket.
LA Safety Gear was conceived in the last two months as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is able to employ factory workers and help the economy through its sale of non-medical masks.
LA-based jewelry brand La Loop has gone into the mask-making field with their super cute masks featuring a sunglasses chain. Choose from various mask colors and patterns, and finish off your look with an acetate or gold chain!
Sustainable PJ company Evewear has created masks from deadstock fabric that are just too cute. Covered in hearts, these cotton masks will stay cool and comfortable. For every mask sold, a portion of proceeds are donated to World Central Kitchen, an organization providing meals to families in need. Masks are currently sold out, but keep an eye out in case they're restocked.
Love vintage-inspired prints? Check out masks made by Stitch Bitch Facemasks over on Etsy. The designer uses super cool retro prints and has developed a custom-fit for her facemask design. You can also choose from the pleated mask style or the "ninja" style, which is the curved design.
Designed and manufactured in Los Angeles, these masks are crafted from a high-quality fabric blend, making them not only supremely comfortable and fitted but machine washable as well!
If you are in need of some sequins in your life right now, which you probably do, designer Ripley Rader has started a "Look Good Do Good" mask campaign, featuring two glittering masks, and a denim style too. For each mask sold, two will be donated to frontline workers and at-risk patients.
The Dodger mask is a protective mask made with an antimicrobial canvas and a removable MERV-13 air filter designed to help defend your body against infectious diseases. 10% of Dodger mask sales will be donated on a weekly basis to organizations that have the greatest need including healthcare workers.
Made right here in LA, Windowmasks offer a fog-proof, transparent window for people to share expressions and enable the hard of hearing to read lips. These masks are especially useful for people working with the deaf community.
Made right here in Los Angeles. US Blanks is the heart of the domestic apparel manufacturing industry in America. Try these adjustable masks in different fabrics, colors, and prints.