The holiday season is here and it's time to step up our mask game. I love the challenge of blending fashion and safety together to create my face mask collection that people actually wanted to wear.
These festive sequin & embroidered masks are the IT accessory of the season - they not only look great and make great gifts, but I've put extra attention into the details that provide protection.
* Material - The best material doesn’t sacrifice comfort for safety. I chose a multi-layered cotton fabric, with a second, inner cotton lining. This provides a dual layer of breathable protection and allows the mask to be worn for an extended period of time without irritating delicate faces. Bestselling Masks
* Adjustable straps - As I discovered, it takes more than a quick loop of elastic to have truly useful and wearable straps. I decided to use a round, quarter-inch elastic for comfort and created straps with stoppers because I wanted personalized adjustment for my customers. A snug fit is important.
* Nose Wire - It’s a basic element, but so very important at preventing unfiltered air flow through the top of the mask.
* Filter Pockets - All my masks include an easy-to-access pocket to add a filter. The carbon filters available through my store can be easily tucked into the interior pockets for added protection and can be used for 16 hours before replacing.
How to use a mask
It’s easy, right? Just tuck the loops around your ears and make sure the mask covers your nose and mouth? Turns out there are a few more safety steps when it comes to proper wear and handling of a mask.
- Wash your hands before putting the mask on.
- Touch only the exterior of the mask (or only the ear loops).
- Make sure there are no air gaps between the mask and your face.
- Cover both your nose and mouth with the mask.
- Take your mask off using only the ear loops. Wash your hands after handling the mask.
A mask is only part of the overall safety measures required. Take these additional steps recommended by the World Health Organization.
- Maintain a physical distance of at least one meter (3 feet) from other people.
- Wash your hands often.
- Stay at home as much as possible.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
Of course, I know my masks are being made to my specifications. They are manufactured with sustainable fabrics right here in California at my Los Angeles atelier.
Stay safe. Stay stylish.