Fashionable Face Masks

Posted on May 9, 2020

Let’s face facts. Health officials have urged us to cover our faces in public places, but there is a shortage of face masks. So, retailers, entrepreneurs, and designers are stepping up, creating cloth coverings that are not only functional, but fashionable.   Andrea Naversen

1. La Jolla’s J. McLaughlin boutique is making masks in the brand’s signature bright, cheerful prints. A set of three sells for $20 with 100 percent of profits donated to the Frontline Responders Fund. 858.731.9338,


2. San Diego-based menswear brand Maceoo has transformed its production facilities in Las Vegas and Miami to make masks that are gender-neutral and reversible. Buy one for $19 and Maceoo donates a second mask to front line workers.


3. Leave it to Project Runway alum “Goga,” Gordana Gehlhausen, to create masks that are decidedly haute couture. Goga began designing the fanciful pieces, embellished with flowers and feathers, for family and friends. After some social media posts, demand took off. $25-$35. 424.703.8171,


4. Millinery designer Carol Bader’s Del Mar Hat Co. has been topping off ladies and gents at Opening Day at Del Mar and the Kentucky Derby for decades. Now she has retooled to offer reversible face coverings in an array of patterns from equestrian themes to Pucci prints and more. 858.245.2837,


5. Del Mar Plaza’s Sea Biscuit boutique is offering face masks in blue and white seersucker that are perfect for quick outings. The washable and reusable coverings are $45 each or free with a $150 online purchase. 858.925.7425,


6. Skova, the Encinitas-based accessories line by Michaela Moryskova, is donating a mask to a healthcare worker for every pair you buy. Patterns range from bright bandana prints to plaids. $24 per pair. 858.504.2918,


7. Amber Persia-Hodges has been in the jewelry business for years and has long supported ministries that help the disadvantaged. During the pandemic, she began designing and sewing face coverings for men and women. Masks are free with a $50 jewelry purchase. 760.535.0073,


8. Millinery designer Diana Cavagnaro’s couture creations always turn heads. She also teaches hat-making at Mesa College and in private classes and parties, and during the pandemic, she’s been stitching masks to donate and writing articles to teach people how to make their own.

Sea Biscut: Photo courtesy of H. Hofer Photography