GIR, Hedley & Bennett, Tilit, and more are making masks in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

By Bridget Hallinan
April 27, 2020
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Updated 5/21/20

Just as distilleries have been helping to produce hand sanitizer in response to the coronavirus pandemic, several kitchen workwear and home goods companies are making and selling face masks, too. Tilit and Hedley & Bennett have “buy-one, donate-one” options that allow you to buy masks for your own use and give them to workers in need; White Bark Workwear is making masks and has partnered with artists on limited collections as well. While these masks aren't meant to be substitutes for surgical or procedural masks, the goal is that wearing them can help slow the spread of the virus. The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings "where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain" (such as the grocery store), and says that surgical masks and N-95 respirators "must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders."

If you're looking to purchase masks and have them shipped to your home, we've gathered several companies that are offering them, and will continue to update this post as we find more and add them to the list. Note: When you look at the product descriptions for each mask, make sure to look at the guidelines for use, what they have/have not been approved for, and cleaning instructions. Some use filters and others do not. Make sure to also regularly check CDC guidelines for using and wearing masks—it says that cloth face coverings should not be placed on "young children under the age of two, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance."

Anthropologie

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Popular home goods and clothing store Anthropologie is now selling reusable face masks available in several different styles. The pictured masks made by Amadi, a women’s contemporary brand based in L.A., are made from 100 percent 2-ply cotton jersey and can be hand-washed with detergent—they also include a pocket for a filter, which is not included with purchase. They are not medical-grade or intended for clinical use.

You’ll also find masks available in sets from Sanctuary. They’re also non-medical and are made with cotton. When you need to wash them, throw them in the washing machine on cold and then let them air dry. And textile designer Emily Daws has masks for sale on the site, too, non-medical-grade and not intended for clinical use. 

Amadi Gingham Reusable Face Mask, $14 at anthropologie.com

Sanctuary Printed Reusable Face Masks, Set of 5, $26 at anthropologie.com

Emily Daws Emily Daws Cobblestone Reusable Face Mask, $38 at anthropologie.com 

Artifact Bag Company

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Artifact, which makes bags (including lunch totes), aprons, and accessories like DOPP kits, is making 100 percent cotton twill reusable masks, and has replaceable MERV-14 filters to go with the masks, too. (Filters are one-use, sold separately). The well-reviewed masks are not CDC- or FDA-approved, and should not be used as a substitute for N95 masks. You can wash them in warm water in a washing machine and tumble dry them. There are several colors available, and prices range from $18-$28.

Reusable Twill Mask w/ Cotton Ties - Slate Gray / Navy, $18 at artifactbags.com

BlueCut 

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Chef gear company BlueCut is now offering face masks. The fabric is a water-repellent cotton blend with a micro-suede finish, and can be hand-washed or machine-washed in cold water—after three to four washes, BlueCut notes that the water repellency will fade, but the mask is still reusable. The masks are not CDC-certified or FDA-approved, and are not meant to replace N95 masks.

You can order them in quantities of one-piece, three-piece, and 50-piece—for bulk pricing and orders over 100 pieces, email info@bluecutaprons.com. 

Water Repellant Face Mask, $8 at bluecutaprons.com 

CamCam 

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NYC-based CamCam, who’s outfitted restaurants including King, Cosme, Locanda Verde, and Café Altro Paradiso, is now making masks. They’re one-size-fits-most, reversible, and can be machine- or hand-washed. $4 from the sale of each mask goes toward the company’s program producing free masks for “medical workers, caregivers, and at-risk communities,” per the product description. You can also make a donation, which will go toward purchasing materials and paying the CamCam production team.

Cloth Mask, $20 at camcam.nyc

Cayson Designs 

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Cayson Designs, another chef workwear company, is also making reusable masks in different colors for both adults and children. There are two different designs available, one with a pleated design (shown) and another with a smooth dome shape. Both masks have a double layer of fabric and can be machine-washed. Read the product description for instructions on how to wear; volume discounts start at 50 units.

Heather Grey Poly/Cotton Face Mask w/White Ties, $12 at caysondesigns.com 

Fog Linen

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Fog Linen, which makes aprons, kitchen cloths, bed linens, and more, is selling 100 percent linen face masks “created out of our seasonal linen color-ways.” The masks are double-layered and include a pocket for a filter—they are not FDA-approved, nor meant to be a substitute for N95, surgical, or procedural masks. According to the description, a portion of masks sales made on the website throughout 2020 will go to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy Covid-19 Response Fund. Machine wash them in hot water and lay them flat to dry.

Currently, the masks are sold out, but you can opt to be e-mailed once they become available again.

Face Mask, $11 at shop-foglinen.com

GIR

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GIR, which makes kitchen tools, now offers reusable silicone masks as well, available in standard and kids sizes. Each kit contains one mask and five filters, and the masks are made with “medical-grade, FDA- and LFGB- approved silicone.” You have various options for buying and donating adult kits, and can pre-order the kids masks as well. Additional filters are available for separate purchase. 

GIR notes that the masks are not FDA-approved medical devices and are not a replacement for surgical or procedural masks.

Reusable Face Mask, $15 at gir.co

Hedley & Bennett

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Hedley & Bennett is known for its aprons, and now, they’re making masks. The “Wake Up & Fight Mask” is non-medical and was developed with Dr. Robert Cho, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. They’re washable and reusable, and are available to purchase in buy-one, donate-one quantities or in bulk. (Donation requests can also be made.) Hedley & Bennett designed them to be used with a filter, such as an HEPA filter, and has partnered with Think Crucial to offer a discount if you order filters from them directly. More information can be found on the FAQ page. The masks will ship within one to three days of the order date, according to the website.

As with other masks on this list, these are not replacements for N95 masks. Legal information in the product description states: "Hedley & Bennett face masks are not devices intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease and do not meet the definition of a medical device as set forth in section 201(h) of the FD&C Act."

The Wake Up & Fight Mask (Buy One - Donate One), $22 at hedleyandbennett.com

MINNA 

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MINNA, a home goods company that sells everything from bedding to aprons, is working with its artisan partners in Mitla, Mexico to use production waste to create masks. For every mask purchased, one will be donated to an organization in need, per the website. If you want to donate two masks instead of buy-one, donate-one, select “donate only.”

The machine-washable masks are made of 100 percent cotton with a muslin liner—they are not CDC-compliant medical masks. While they're currently sold out, MINNA says masks will be released on a weekly basis.

MINNA Sustainable Mask (1+1 Donation), $15 at minna-goods.com

PolkaPants 

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London-based PolkaPants, which makes tailored chef pants for women, is using excess fabric from post production to make masks. They’re one-size-fits-all and available in a buy-two, get-50 percent-off the third deal—the discount can be used multiple times in one purchase, according to the website. They are not medical-grade masks. You can pick from several different patterns, including polka dot, leopard, houndstooth, and more. (Masks are shipping worldwide for a fee of £7.)

Face Masks, £15.00 (about $18.30) at polkapants.com

Steele Canvas Basket Corp.

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Steele Canvas Basket Corp. which makes laundry baskets, totes, sling chairs, and more, is now making face masks. Called the "Keep America Moving Mask," they're made with a domestic denim exterior and 100 percent cotton flannel lining, with adjustable ear loops so you can get a good fit, too. (Colors and fabrics may vary.) You can opt for a buy-one, donate-one purchase option or donate two masks. (E-mail info@steelecanvas.com for bulk orders and donation requests.) The masks are being sold directly through Steele Canvas' website as well as Food52, who's working with Steele Canvas to sell the masks and offer buy-one, give-one and "donate two" options too.

The Keep America Moving Mask, available in adult and child sizes, is not FDA-approved and is not a direct substitute for N95, surgical, or procedural masks.

The Keep America Moving Mask, $20 at steelecanvas.com; Steele Canvas x Food52 Cloth Face Mask, $22 at food52.com

Tilit

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NYC-based workwear label Tilit is offering “buy-one, give-one” masks. They’re made of various fabrics (see product description for more details), and machine-washable, too. They are not CDC-certified or FDA-approved and are not a substitute for N95 or surgical masks. For every mask you purchase through the buy-one, give-one model, whether one or 10, Tilit will donate that same amount to “a food service worker volunteering or a medical professional in need.”

Pricing starts at $18 for one mask, $13 per mask if you buy 24, and $11 per mask if you buy 50. Bulk orders will be automatically discounted in your cart for orders under 100 pieces. Wholesale and custom requests can be made as well—wholesale and bulk orders are not available for the buy-one, give-one model, per the website.

In addition, Tilit has released a limited run (only 100 available) of camo face masks for $20—$10 for every mask sold will be donated to the Lee Initiative. A limited-edition Shibori face mask is currently sold out, as is a floral face mask. They also cost $20, and $10 from each purchase went to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation and No Kid Hungry, respectively.

Tilit Face Mask—Buy One, Give One, $18 at tilitnyc.com

UncommonGoods 

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Uncommon Goods is selling reusable rainbow face coverings in sets of two, both in adult and children’s sizes. The colorful patterns were created by children, and the masks are made with two layers of tightly-woven cotton—UncommonGoods will donate 100 percent of profits to NYC Health + Hospitals, per the product description. You can machine-wash them in cold water and tumble dry on cool.

Set of 2 Rainbow Face Coverings, $25 at uncommongoods.com 

White Bark Workwear

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White Bark Workwear, whose clients include Majordōmo, Pizzeria Mozza, and Audrey at the Hammer, has a few different reusable mask options. There’s Masks to the People (Set of Two) for $14, which are non-medical grade and made from hemp and cotton, though material and color may vary—you have the option to buy or donate. (Purchases are limited to 60 masks, or 30 orders.) A children’s version is available, too. White Bark has also been collaborating with artists on painted, tie-dyed, illustrated, and airbrushed masks; currently, most of those limited collections are sold out.

White Bark Workwear notes that its masks should not be used as a replacement for “conventional and approved Personal Protective Equipment.” They have not been industry-tested or approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The masks are machine-washable and can be dried in the dryer.

Masks to the People (Set of 2), $14 at whitebarkworkwear.com

Stay Tuned: Chef Works

Chef Works CEO Neil Gross said in a statement that masks are coming. “ Our product development team is well into prototyping several working concepts and are finalizing the safest and most efficient design for all our partners -- no matter the size,” he wrote.

Do you know a food- or home good-related company making masks? Give us a shout on social (@foodandwine) so we can include them.

This post has been updated to reflect current guidance on face masks, for more coronavirus information visit the CDC.