As we re-emerge from months of self-isolation, things are anything but back to normal. Part of this new not-normal? Donning a face mask in public places, not just to keep yourself safer and healthier but to protect others in your community too. Masks work to keep germs you exhale being inhaled by others! And frankly, while they’re not medical grade, they’re better than nothing. Crafty women across the nation and platforms like Etsy have been filling the gaps when masks were recently in short supply. But finally local brands have caught up. Here’s our pick of the best American ones sewing masks in the USA.
LA sustainable fashion brand The Reformation has partnered with the City of LA to make five million medical-grade masks in their local factories (including UCLA medical staff) and have created a range of non-medical cloth masks available to buy for the general public. Get a pack of 5 in a random assortment of colors and patterns or buy and donate 5 pack to someone else. Run a small business? You can buy a batch of 250 non-medical masks for staff. 5 masks for $25, free shipping
San Francisco’s luxe soft clothes brand Amour Vert is operating a one-for-one program where each mask bundle purchase gives a non-medical grade mask to an essential worker in the City of San Francisco. Masks are sustainably made from deadstock fabric in Amour Vert’s patterns and colors. Woven masks have a filter pocket and knitted masks are pleated with multiple layers. 3-mask mystery bundle for $40 or Jardin de Nuit for $50, free US shipping
American Giant brought back American-made flannel. Something that had just about gone extinct. They make high-quality t-shirts, leggings, sweats and now non-medical grade masks. They’re for everyone, coming in plain white 100% cotton interwoven with silver and copper. Masks loop over the ears, no ties. They’re good to wash and re-use 15 times. $5 masks for $25
Everyone’s favorite normcore brand Everlane is making knitted non-medical grade masks for purchase. Made from stretchy double-layered knit cotton (this is the downtown LA factory where their popular t-shirts are made) in a variety of grays. For every 3-pack ordered a mask is donated to Feeding America. The waitlist for masks is open to join. 3 masks for $28
Hipster activewear brand Outdoor Voices is making masks from dark gray textured compression fabric (polyester and spandex) and 100% of proceeds from mask sales are being donated to Direct Relief. There’s currently a waitlist, with masks shipping mid-May. All orders over $50 ship free. There is no limit to number of orders per person if you want to buy them for friends and family. 5 masks for $25