The State Government has now advised South Australians to wear face masks wherever physical distancing isn’t possible, such as public transport. Here are some Adelaide mask manufacturers who’ve got you covered.
Where to buy Adelaide-made face masks
SPECIAL REPORT: COVID-19 ADELAIDE
“COVID has challenged us but not defeated us,” Premier Steven Marshall said at a press conference yesterday afternoon, “[but] we can and must rise to this new challenge.”
Amongst a raft of new restrictions announced in a bid to halt a “second wave” of the coronavirus infection, the Premier strongly advised wearing face masks “when it’s not possible to social distance.”
This relates to people using public transport, and those working in close quarters with others.
However, face masks are now mandatory for hairdressers, beauticians, tattoo artists and those working in “personal care” industries (though they’re still not required for clients of these services).
CityMag has compiled a list of local designers making reusable masks to ensure you and those around you keep safe and help stop the potential spread of the coronavirus. Plus, reusing masks made of organic fibres is better for the environment.
Before we get to the list, here are some hygienic mask-wearing practices: Apply your mask with clean, sanitised hands. After removing your mask, immediately wash it in hot, soapy water. You should wash your mask at the end of the day. And remember, don’t touch your face.
Early during the first COVID-19 shutdown, back in April, emerging lingerie designer and founder of Bizarre, Jana Fuss told us she wanted to keep frontline workers like her mum, a Flinders Medical Centre nurse, safe. Amid a shortage of masks, she constructed some seriously glam lace face masks in red, black and beige, selling for $10 each.
“The masks are double-layered, with lace on the outside and cotton on the inside,” Jana says, “[and] I did some research and discovered cotton is what is best for the prevention of the spread.
“To stop bacteria coming in, you just have to wash them after you use them,. And they’re just a bit more sustainable, rather than getting out a new medical mask every time, every day.”
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Local maker Closet Mod, aka Jordan Bishop, has released a range of reusable face masks, in many of the prints you’ve come to adore from the mod-era-inspired fashion house.
The masks are entirely cotton, and have an additional pouch for you to insert a filter.
There are a few prints available, so browse the range here.
Zebra, tie-dye, fluoro or silver – whichever way your sense of fashion leans, local bicycle clothing brand Hey Reflect’o has your face covered.
Lisa Penney pivoted from high-vis bikewear to face-shields at the beginning of the year, and continues to stock a range of tightly woven double-layer cotton masks online.
They’re going for $29 each, or you can snag a mixed-pack at a discounted price.
BTC FACE MASKS
Our search for locally made face masks this week was our first interaction with BTC Face Masks, and they had us hooked immediately with the promotional line “made to protect ourselves and others”.
BTC Face Masks offers a range of non-medical face masks constructed with double-layer cotton, with an extra pocket designed to fit a filter.
Patterns range from stock-standard black to flamboyant flamingo.
They’re sold for $15 each via Etsy.
Local designer Lynley Slater pivoted from making purses to face-masks for her brand Yellow Bird during the first COVID-19 lockdown.
These triple-layer masks are 100 per cent cotton with elastic earloops and are reversible. Meaning, you get two looks for the price of one $20 purchase.
View the range here.
DREAM CATCH ME
In another classic tale of a business altering their offerings to suit the pandemic is scrunchie turned face mask proprietor Dream Catch Me.
If wearing a double-layered mask plastered with images of “Doug the Pug” takes your fancy, or you’re more aligned to watermelons prints, this Melissa Saint’s label is for you. Masks are $10 each or three for $25.
View what’s on offer here, and direct message via Instagram to purchase and arrange pick up.
One thing CityMag noticed while compiling this list was there seems to be a gap in the market for any neutral face masks. Enter Sports Centre.
This Adelaide-based company, which specialises in selling sports products, sold over 40,000 masks to our interstate Victorian neighbours during their lockdown. They have thousands of masks ready to sell to local South Australians via the Port Road store and online.
Options include a reusable “ice silk composite cotton” face-mask for $5, or the thicker $12 black reusable mask. They come in plain black and more adventurous prints.
Click here for more information.
If you buy one of local fashion designer Tiff Manuell’s hand-made, multi-coloured, double-layered face masks, she’ll donate 10 per cent of the sale to mental health organisation Beyond Blue.
Tiff’s machine-washable masks also come with a wire across the nose, which shapes the mask to your face. They’re available in a range of designs and styles, such as plain baby pink, striped fluoro, and a blossom print. They start at $25.
Click here for more information.
Two Crafty Sisters
We take our journalism very seriously here at CityMag, and so have attempted, with our journalistic powers, to discover more about Two Crafty Sisters, a business peddling hand-made scrunchies and masks on Instagram.
Through our investigation, we have deduced they are possibly sisters, both of whom are, on some level, crafty.
They’re manufacturing a slate of scrunchies alongside 100 per cent cotton, hand-made masks, made with the two-layers of cotton and a non-woven filter mask insert.
Buy one mask for $15 or two for $25. Each mask comes with a matching hair tie. Available here.
The Wednesday Collective
Online (and sometimes pop-up) clothing boutique The Wednesday Collective is selling a range of face masks, handmade by the Wednesday Collective team in bold prints.
The masks are dual-layer and machine washable, and sold as a two-pack for $16.95.
To browse the range, visit the website.
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