These beautifully designed face masks will hopefully add a hint of style and motivation to responsible mask-wearing.
While Hong Kong is once again seeing slightly relaxed social distancing restrictions, health and safety measures are still key as we continue the tedious year-long battle against CoViD-19. With face coverings becoming an imperative accessory of 2020, a number of brands have been rolling out their own versions of masks, all in a bid to add a spark of style to our everyday lives and motivate responsible mask-wearing.
We’ve rounded up the latest offerings of face masks below, all of which will hopefully help lift your spirits up just a little amid these depressing times.
Note: These masks are not intended for medical use, but to protect against other potentially not-so-responsible, non-mask-wearing individuals. It is recommended that you change these masks often, and always wash and dry thoroughly before reuse.
Burberry is launching its own face masks featuring the house’s iconic Vintage check, all created using the house’s excess fabrics. Theses masks are enhanced with HeiQ Viroblock antimicrobial technology and comes with a matching travel pouch (also treated with antimicrobial technology) for safe and easy storage. Get them in neutral hues of beige or pale blue, and know that for each mask purchased, you’ve donated 20 percent of the money to the Burberry Foundation CoViD-19 Community Fund to support affected communities during the pandemic.
HK$1,000 from Burberry
The London-based Wedel Art Collective has asked six international leading artists — Jenny Holzer, Rashid Johnson, Barbara Kruger, Raymond Pettibon, Lorna Simpson, and Rosemarie Trockel — to each produce a unique art-designed face mask what will help raise funds for international relief efforts and artists affected by CoViD-19. The collection is exclusively available on Matchesfashion with 50 percent of the proceeds going to CoViD-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO and the other 50 percent to be split between artist’s relief charities including US-based Artist Relief coalition and Common Practice in the UK.
From HK$310 from MatchesFashion
Made in Italy using a single layer of 100 percent Crepe de Chine Silk, Salvatore Ferragamo’s face mask is printed with the brand’s signature Gancini pattern, along with ear straps featuring a comfortable pleated design. Available in two sizes, they are now exclusively available at Salvatore Ferragamo’s Pacific Place and Canton Road stores.
HK$1,400 from Salvatore Ferragamo
Cult LA label Re/Done has always been about keeping heritage brands alive through repurposing fabrics of vintage pieces, and they are now expanding their sustainable practice into creating upcycled masks too. These masks — whether made from bandanas, denim or tie-dyed cotton jersey — feature adult-sizing, flexible ear straps, as well as machine washable construction, meaning they are meant to be washed and reused. What’s more? With each purchase of a Re/Done mask, five masks will be donated to frontline heroes in the US.
From HK$155 from Re/Done
Featuring extended colourways for all your outfit-matching needs, Kaze’s three-dimensional respirator masks are KN95- and FFP2-certified, and come in a five-layer construction, along with a sponge-lined nose bridge and adjustable ear loops to ensure your face is nicely sealed and protected.
From HK$160 from Kaze
Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is also joining the mask-making bandwagon in a bid to motivate responsible mask-wearing, while encouraging contemporary expression. Tapping nine globally celebrated artists and designers including Virgil Abloh, Mark Grotjahn, Alex Israel, Barbara Kruger, Yoko Ono, Catherine Opie, Pipilotti Rist, Hank Willis Thomas, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the museum has released a series of limited-edition masks. These face-coverings are all crafted in Los Angeles, each comprised of two layers of fabric, as well as an internal pocket with open sides for filter insertion.
HK$320 from K11 Musea. More details here.