While COVID-19 restrictions have eased up in some ways across the state, it’s still important to don a face mask when venturing out to keep both you and those around you safe. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer strengthened executive orders on masks in mid-July requiring all Michiganders to wear a mask in indoor public spaces and crowded outdoor spaces.
Why not make the most of it and express yourself through your selection while also supporting Detroit shops? If you’re looking for some new options, check out these locally available face coverings.
Bird Bee’s Stella face mask is lined with 100 percent cotton and a polyester and spandex outer layer. Free shipping is available with the purchase of two or more of the store’s masks. Use discount code “MASK” at checkout.
This cotton face covering is just one of many designs available made by Detroit seamstress, Brianna Williams. DCreated Boutique’s contoured face mask is made with two layers of 100 percent cotton and a non-woven filter layered in between for extra protection. They also come in sizes for toddlers and children.
Popular local brand Detroit Vs. Everybody has its own collection of cloth face masks in various colors and designs, including “Everybody vs COVID-19” and “Everybody vs injustice.”
Available in a variety of colors this three-layer face mask, which is hand-sewn from two outer layers of upcycled quilter’s cotton and features an internal layer of organic cotton jersey, is a good choice if you’re looking for something environmentally friendly. Fifteen percent of your mask purchase from Breathe in Detroit will be donated to Detroit-based Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.
This simple, white face mask is handmade by Soft Goods Detroit using 100 percent American materials. The mask is layered with woven fabric and cotton jersey for a comfy fit, and it’s guaranteed to withstand over 10 washes.
This triple-layered woven cloth mask from DIOP is made with 100 percent wax printed cotton. What makes this mask different from the others is the elastic straps go around the head, instead of the ears, to provide a more snug fit. Available in so many different colors and patterns, you’re sure to find one that matches your personality. A portion of proceeds from mask sales is donated to Feed the Frontlines in Detroit.
This two-layered cotton fabric mask is a simple design fit for all sizes. Detroit Life Gear also carries $5 mask filters and a $50 KN95 antiviral face mask. Shipping is included in the price.
This handmade and screen-printed — it’s faux lace — mask from Well Done Goods by Cyberoptix Tie Lab is made with silkscreened fabric that is adjustable to all face sizes. The outer layer is made with a fine-weave microfiber polyester and lined with a bamboo-viscose interior. It’s also available in two other colors.
K. Walker Collective’s unique take on the typical cotton face mask is made with two layers of velour to give it a velvety look and feel. Along with midnight blue velour, there is also one in black velvet. Thirty percent of every mask purchase benefits COVID-19 Community Response Fund by United Way for Southeastern Michigan.
The Detroit Institute of Arts has its own collection of face masks featuring works from the museum’s collection. This one details the south wall of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals. The mask has a bendable nose bridge, 100 percent cotton interior layers, and a pocket to insert a filter. Filters are priced from $10-$15 and sold separately in packs of five or ten.
These organic cotton masks from Object Apparel are available in red, pink, mauve, and plain. The masks are made with natural dyes and non-toxic inks. Shipping is free and items are packaged without plastic.
Tie-dyed with plant-based inks, these face masks by Rosemarine Textiles have two layers of 100 percent cotton and include rope ties to adjust the mask to all face sizes. The mask is available in lavender tie dye, indigo tie dye, terracotta tie dye, and more.