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Eight face masks that are both functional and fashionable

Retailers, entrepreneurs, and designers are stepping up to create face masks that are not only functional, but fashionable.

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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.   

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, jmclaughlin.com

Face masks by J. McLaughlin

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. maceoo.com

Face masks by Maceoo

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, ggstyle@zoho.com

Face masks by Project Runway alum “Goga,” Gordana Gehlhausen

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, delmarhat.com

Face masks by Carol Bader’s Del Mar Hat Co.

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, seabiscuitdelmar.com

Del Mar Plaza’s Sea Biscuit boutique is offering face masks in blue and white seersucker

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, skova.co

Skova, the Encinitas-based accessories line by Michaela Moryskova, is donating a mask to a healthcare worker for every pair you buy

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, premierdesigns.com/persia

Face masks by Amber Persia-Hodges

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. dianacavagnaro.com

Face masks by millinery designer Diana Cavagnaro
Image Credits Sea Biscut: Photo courtesy of H. Hofer Photography

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