Masking it: How this quarantine essential became fashionable

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Fashionable Face Masks

YOU can’t leave the house without it. Neither will the malls or any other establishment let you inside their premises without you first putting it on. The mask, once a bothersome piece of face-covering cloth most of us rarely wear, has become one of the most in-demand commodities in the ongoing health crisis. The N95 mask is, of course, the gold standard followed by the surgical masks. But the creative and enterprising ones among us have come up with the washable kind, in prints and patterns that scream, “I’ll stay healthy while being trendy.”

Here are some quick-thinking companies that have been producing colorful masks that caught our eye.

Anthill Fabric Gallery

This Cebu-based social enterprise has always been on the forefront not just in fashion but also in taking care of the environment as well as its community of weavers and partners. So when the pandemic broke out, they made sure their team and everyone who are involved in the production of their well-curated collection of apparel and accessories made from indigenous weaves would still have work (albeit, at home) to tide them over until the health crisis is over.

Anthill then introduced their one-of-a-kind line of zero-waste full weave masks and zero-waste commercial face masks. Made from commercial offcuts from their weaves as well as fabrics like scuba, spandex, neoprene, cotton stretch and cotton knit, the DIY masks come with two washable filters to improve filtration efficiency. Check out www.anthillfabricgallery.com and pick a design you fancy or send them a message on Facebook or Instagram.

Human Nature

They’re known for their natural, eco-friendly and ethically made beauty and lifestyle products that have made them a household name. While continuing to provide the same brand of service and quality items to their consumers, Human Nature recently bundled some of their popular items, such as the Natural Sanitizer and Natural Handsoap, with denim or canvas washable face masks from Mori Notes.

Called the Basic Protect Kit, it’s like hitting two birds with one stone. You get to use the products for your personal hygiene and you have your own breathable and snug mask, too. There are cute designs for the kids’ mask. Price for the bundle starts at P294.75. Message the Human Nature branch nearest you via Facebook messenger and a staff will readily attend to your inquiries.

Ate by Tatah

Always a step ahead, this well-loved local fashion brand came up with their own washable masks as early as January 2020 when the looming health crisis was still under most people’s radar. Since then, they have tested and modified their products, making sure they fit the wearer comfortably.

Aside from being breathable, their masks have also passed the blow test (candle test) so it’s guaranteed safe and durable. And of course, being every practical and stylish gal’s go-to house of fashion, Ate by Tatah offers several prints and colors. For Cebu orders, send a message via Viber at 0905-360-5835. For Manila clients, keep in touch with them also via Viber at 0917-779-1131.

D’ Bear Tea & Tee

Gaining even more popularity points this quarantine season because of their heat-busting and delicious milk tea selection, D’ Bear Tea & Tee recently came up with their own face masks, which currently come in four designs featuring the brand’s lovable bear.

So, the next time you order their Velvet Cheesake or any other flavor of your choice, why don’t you buy a face mask as well? Not only will you have a cool drink, you will always get to own a limited-edition signature mask. For details, call or text 0961-558-4845.

Islands Souvenirs

Trust this homegrown brand to think of novel ways to keep its audience interested. Known for their I (heart) Cebu campaign which made waves several years ago and made them even more popular in the entire country, Islands Souvenirs has incorporated their signature tropical, always-sunny theme to its own line of high-quality and comfortable masks, which are certified “anti-droplet, dust-proof, wind-proof, anti-population and anti-pollen.” At only P79 each. Check out the available designs via the Islands Souvenirs store in Lazada.

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