Bay Area businesses selling masks during COVID-19
Photo courtesy of Sonson.
When it comes to picking out your daily attire, masks are the number one priority right now—protect yourself and those around you from the spread of COVID-19. Local fashion designers, crafts-aficionados, and business owners are making sure you can adhere to mask-wearing mandates and still look good in the process. They’ve got you covered. Literally.
Whether through online shopping delivery or store pickup, the following Bay Area brands have used their eye for design to meet the demand for washable, reusable face coverings during a pandemic. Shield yourself and your community from the virus with the help of these locally made functional pieces.
Photo courtesy of Hello Stitch.
Berkeley’s Hello Stitch community-based textile studio on University Avenue is an epicenter for sewing, crafting, and stitching in the East Bay. So, it makes sense it quickly became a source of quality masks when the pandemic hit. Choose your reversible covering made with densely woven cotton and elastic ear loops for $12 at its online store.
Photo courtesy of Taylor Jay.
Oakland’s Taylor Jay is best known for creating comfortable yet classy women’s clothing it describes as being “designed with the highest couture standards.” Right now, her duo-toned and patterned cotton face covers are the scene stealers. The $21 washable masks are made from repurposed cotton and come in eye-catching colors, including coral and honey.
Photo courtesy of Rickshaw Bagworks.
Usually known for messenger bags and backpacks, Rickshaw Bagworks has a new “Wearing is Caring” motto for the San Francisco brand’s bright variety of fashionable masks to accommodate any pandemic occasion. Solid colors, floral prints, patriotic patterns (July 4th, anyone?), and adorable animal prints can all be yours through the online shop.
Photo courtesy of Sonson.
Oakland’s Rashima Sonson was making masks with matching bow ties. If you’re too late to the game and didn’t get a chance to grab one of those coveted sets, there’s still time to buy one of the designer’s coveted non-surgical masks. The popular “Tiger Queen Reversible Non-Surgical Mask” is currently sold out at the Sonson online store but you can still order other styles.
Photo courtesy of Koraa.
Koraa is a Berkeley boutique owned and operated by a husband-and-wife team committed to vibrant clothing and accessories imbued with their love of travel. Today, a line of masks and “pandemic essentials” (hand sanitizer and more) are at the forefront of the couple’s online shop and brick-and-mortar pickup operation. Purchase a triple-layer mask with a filter pocket for $10-14 and support the company’s “Buy One, Give One” mask campaign, which has donated more than 1200 masks to local at-risk communities.
Photo courtesy of Joshu+Vela.
While the Joshu+Vela in-house workshop space and retail store near 16th St. Mission Station usually attracts shoppers for its high-end canvas bags and leather accessories, right now it’s getting notice for some high-quality masks. The Joshu line of $26 neoprene and chambray masks are sold to support a “buy one, donate one” nonprofit campaign.
Photo courtesy of the Bilio Group.
Oakland’s Bilio Group designed the Bilio Mask line of face protection, allocating 5 percent of proceeds to Bay Area COVID-19 relief efforts. Washable cotton masks constructed with recycled materials to keep with the company’s commitment to sustainability, these are high-tech ergonomically sensitive designs.
Photo courtesy of Cayson.
From being an expert in chef coats, aprons, and service-industry apparel to designing face masks, San Francisco’s Cayson now sells $12 cotton or poly/cotton masks ($10 for toddler sizes) at its online store. Choose from smooth or pleated, tie strings or elastic bands—with every mask made using a double layer of washable fabric.