Designers turn face masks into fashion accessories


You are not ready for the outdoors without a sun hat… and a face mask. Fashion designers and clothing manufacturers are getting into the new look.

Face masks could become fashion accessories now that they blend into the dress code.

Designers create their own ranges and others use fancy fabrics to sew a bit of style for that safety measure.

Design duo Charles & Ron have just started opening stores after their studio has completely shut down due to the outbreak, and hoping to start making ends meet, they are producing their own logo face masks. .

“We have been inundated and overwhelmed with unexpected demands from the most fashion-conscious, who think that if they have to wear a mask, it might as well be fashionable,” the designers said.

The face mask, the feel, is fast becoming “the accessory of the season in addition to what we wear to go out – just like we wear a hat to protect ourselves from the sun.”

Sewing has now resumed and masks can continue, following the cancellation of weddings and parties – an essential part of their business.

The label currently only processes orders and may eventually supply its stores.

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Charles & Ron masks are available in solid black with a tiny metal logo or feature the brand’s monogram. Designers are also looking to use their more sophisticated fabrics to match the designs of the brand’s clothing.

The four-ply haute couture masks, also using breathable viscose, will retail for € 20. Outlets will provide buyers with disposable items free of charge.

Rosemarie Abela Fashion Studio sells her own reusable masks in pure cotton, with a pack of two at € 8, each layered three times, while seamstress Elvia Leone Ganado makes a colorful and sanitized range by hand.

Ten-year-old Yulan Law has been overwhelmed by the number of orders for her masks since she posted on Facebook on Monday about putting her time after homework and hobbies to good use.

“I wanted to do something to help others while staying safe at home. I always watch my mom sew my costumes and my grandmother taught me the basics, so I made clothes for my dolls when I was younger, ”she said.

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“When I came up with the idea for this little project, I watched tutorials online, tried on masks with my mom’s help, and liked the result.”

Yulan has received over 100 orders from this post and can produce around 10 masks per hour, so she devotes two to three hours a day to the cause. Already, she can no longer take orders this week.

The masks are finished on his sewing machine for a “nice border”. They cost € 3 and all the profits go to Puttinu Cares, who holds a special place in Yulan’s heart, especially now that the sick children he takes in can no longer receive visitors.

“I wish I could go out there and hug them all, but I hope I send them a nice amount of money from the profits instead,” she said.

The owner of Chloe’s Closet Malta, an online store of 100% organic cotton children’s clothing, stocked up on eco-friendly children’s face masks, with no pleated pockets for dirt to accumulate.

Melanie Cremona said she never imagined having this type of product on her clothing site, which aims to promote sustainability and move away from toxins and chemicals.

Elvia Leone Ganado's fancy masks are designed to boost morale - in addition to protecting others from the wearer's germs.Elvia Leone Ganado’s fancy masks are designed to boost morale – in addition to protecting others from the wearer’s germs.

Last month, Bortex Fine Tailoring, one of the leading manufacturers and retailers of quality bespoke clothing, embarked on the production of face masks, which have manufactured 6,000 to date, primarily for businesses but also the general public.

In an effort to add more color to a bland object that should be a part of everyday life, the company gave a mask to 10 artists to paint on.

“The idea is to defuse the drama. Lots of people complain about masks, but as artists we can see the beauty of something that is least likely to inspire them and create something fun with them, ”says James Vella Clark, who is on the point of putting his artistic touch in limited edition on his.

Until recently, it was unclear whether masks should be worn, with some calling for them and health authorities specifying that they could be ineffective if misused.

As of Monday, however, masks have become mandatory in stores and on public transport, and the price of disposable surgical masks has been capped at 95c, with the government paying pharmacies the difference.

Public Health Superintendent Charmaine Gauci said non-medical masks, made from 100% cotton, with three to four layers of fabric for protection, can be used.

Surgical masks should ideally be reserved for healthcare professionals, and a cotton pillowcase or T-shirt are the most suitable household materials for an improvised version.

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