7 cool and quirky face masks from Irish designers to keep you safe during #Covid-19
In the market for a face mask?
Of course you are. We're in the middle of a pandemic, it'd be rude not to.
While the standard surgical face masks are all the rage these days, as we continue our fight to eradicate Covid-19, most of us are going to want to invest in something reusable.
So, why not support local while you're at it and order yourself a mask from one of these incredible Irish designers and businesses?
Something different, sure.
1. We Make Good
Buy a mask from We Make Good and they'll donate another one to a person living in Direct Provision - enough of a reason to prioritise these guys when making your next face mask purchase.
The cotton and linen masks are made by women with refugee backgrounds and are distributed by the Irish Refugee Council in a safe manner that removes the risk of contamination.
Price: €25. Order: here.
2. Babskie Szpargały
Want a face mask with cats on it? What about flowers? What about an assortment of other lovely prints that are sure to keep you safe and also looking class during the pandemic?
Look no further than this here collection of handmade face masks delivering across Cork and the surrounding area.
Updated frequently with new designs and made with silver ions to protect from the development of bacteria, these masks are as cute as they are safe. Go on, order yourself a few.
Price: €8. Order: here.
Fancy supporting the Irish Lung Fibrosis Association while you're keeping yourself safe from Covid-19?
Of course you do. In that case, get yourself over to RashR and check out their selection of beautifully patterned face masks and neck buffs.
While they're not making masks, RashR are busy removing plastic from the ocean. €2 from every purchase purchase goes directly towards the ILFA.
Price: €19.99. Order: here.
4. Natalie B Coleman
Dublin based designer Natalie B Coleman has been busy making face masks since the pandemic began, and her collection is absolutely one that you'd want to get onto if you're in the market for something fun.
Vibrant and striking, these masks will keep you safe from Covid-19 while injecting a bit of glamour into your look.
So intricate, so stunning - and a portion of sales will be going straight to Women's Aid!
Price: €25. Order: here.
5. Fionnuala Bourke
When Fionnuala's aunt who is recovering from cancer asked her to make a face mask so she could go for a walk, the designer decided she didn't want to just make one - she wanted to make hundreds.
So, she set up a GoFundMe, turned her studio into a mini factory, and set about making as many face masks as possible.
Fionnuala's using the money to make masks available for order, but she's also donating them to nursing homes across Kildare.
Fionnuala's online store opens this Friday, May 29. You can follow her here.
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She’s a fierce badass babe🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻... we will open our online shop for masks up to the public on may 29th (people on the original waiting list get access on Monday) we have to extend making/shipping time to 10/12 working days due to the amount of donation requests we are also fulfilling (and because we are working very long hours)... all face coverings are 10 euros each and they will stay this price. I believe masks should be accessible and affordable for everyone, and on our site we have an option for FREE masks for frontline staff, care/nursing staff and anyone sick or vulnerable. No discount code required, no proof or ID need to be shown we would just ask that everyone be genuine in their purchases 🙌🏻🙌🏻
6. Irish Sock Society
A "Howya" face mask - enough said, really.
The Irish Sock Society have launched their own collection of face coverings for the incredible low price of just four quid.
So if you fancy heading outside with your mouth and nose covered with a hilarious mask, you know what to do.
Price: €4. Order: here.
7. Jennifer Rothwell
Time to bring the glam - and you can do so with a mask from designer Jennifer Rothwell.
Bringing a contemporary twist to the face covering game, these masks are vibrant, quirky, and all round gorgeous. They're also made from silk, which is absolutely an added bonus.
Many of Rothwell's incredible designs have already sold out (we can see why, in fairness), but a restock is scheduled for this evening (May 26), so here's hoping our favourites become available again.
Cost: €25. Order (when back in stock): here.