On the one hand, more and more sectors of Los Angeles are reopening by the week. And on the other hand, it could be months before much of life returns to something resembling normal. In other words: Whether required by law or just considered proper etiquette, we could be looking at needing to wear some sort of face covering for the near future when we’re out and about.
So if you’re going to be wearing a face mask for a while still, why not upgrade from your Coachella-worn bandana to something that’s a bit more comfortable and maybe even slightly stylish? We’ve assembled a list of some of the garment manufacturers and boutiques—all of them based in Los Angeles—that are now shipping masks. In all cases, these are non-medical cloth masks (and thankfully for your wallet, they’re reusable with a simple wash).
While there’s been much, ahem, “debate” about masks, the CDC recommends cloth face coverings while in public, and both the city and county of Los Angeles have required them when out in public. Even with a cloth mask, you should still be practicing physical distancing procedures (like keeping six feet away from others) and washing your hands. And as much as you may want to fidget with your mask, you should avoid touching your face as much as possible.
The colorful apron company repurposed its Vernon factory in late March to start producing cloth masks with an interior pocket that fits a filter. You can pick up a Wake Up and Fight mask online for $22; each purchase also donates one mask to a healthcare professional. Orders ship within one to three days.
Available both painted (via artist collaborations) and plain, this kitchen apparel company’s masks are all made from hemp and organic cotton. You can pick up a plain pair for $14 or an artist collaboration for around $23, with kids’ sizes available for $12; expect only a one to two day turnaround on orders.
One of our favorite Downtown boutiques has partnered with local food-inspired apparel company MEALS Clothing for these two-packs of upcycled cotton masks. You can order a plum and a cherry mask for $20, and 25% of the proceeds will go to CORE, which is providing free drive-through testing for high-risk individuals.
One of two masks on the city-run L.A. Protects site to meet Kaiser Permanente’s design specs, sustainable local line Reformation is selling packs of five masks for $25. Prints and colors vary per shipment (which you can expect in about a week), with no means to request a particular look. You can, however, choose to donate a five-pack to communites in need.
The second of the two featured L.A. Protects masks, this garment manufacturer is shipping two-packs of plain masks for $11.50 and five for $20 (with bulk orders available, as well). Expect the order to ship pretty quickly.
The Miracle Mile museum has teamed up with the artist-aligned product company to sell masks (and bandanas, as well) inspired by LACMA’s collection. You can pick up a trio of Elza Sunderland designs ($42) or pairs of the same design ($28); in both cases, you can choose between straps that go over the ears or over the head.
Anyone who’s buried their face in the Boyle Heights-based brand’s luxe linens should know what to expect from these cotton masks, which run $25 for a pack of five. You can donate a set for the same price, too. Expect orders from Matteo to ship in 7 to 10 days.
Dubbed “The Don’t Spray It,” these cotton-lined masks from Mother Denim are simply adorable. You’ll find plain denim as well as floral patterns available in a two-pack that’s available for $20 (though inventory may be limited).
Unicorn enthusiasts Smoko have assembled a line of masks ($14 for a single mask) adorned with its supercute mascots, like smiley-faced boba cups and potatoes. Expect orders to ship in two to three weeks.
The sustainable Venice-based clothing line has used its L.A. factory to turn out five-packs of masks ($30) in floral prints and solid colors, plus kid-size pairs ($18). You can also suggest an organization that you’d like them to donate masks to. Orders ship within 5–10 days.
Subzero sells masks with all sorts of designs and slogans. But of particular note: They’ve teamed up with actor Justin Baldoni and his charity, the Wayfarer Foundation, for these “Be Love” masks. For each one sold, another will be distributed to a resident on Skid Row. Masks cost $19 each, with the option to add a filter for an extra $10.