As exciting as it is to see businesses open up again – along with our social circle – it’s important to remember that COVID-19 isn’t “over” just because we have officially entered Phase 2 – yes, even here in Toronto, finally. Washing your hands frequently, maintaining your distance, and keeping your social circles small is still an important precaution to maintain your health and the health of others. Wearing a mask to enter some businesses, buildings or in situations when you can’t maintain your distance is our new normal, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style or comfort to maintain your safety, and the safety of others.
If you’re currently in the market to shop some locally made face masks from local Toronto brands, keep reading for our top 7 picks! Note: most of these launches have all sold out within 24 hours so be sure to get on the waiting list for the next round of releases.
Fashion Designer, Caitlin Power, has designed reusable double layer masks that are breathable, lightweight, fast drying, comfortable, soft and stretchy. Did we mention they also come in a range of amazing tie dye colours, as well as plain black? Masks are made to order for $30 each or $100 for a pack of four (that you can order in different sizes and colours).
This week the Toronto-based tween powerhouse (and her family) behind Leeloodles launched their locally made reversible face masks which sold out in less than 24 hours. 100% of proceeds of these $10 masks will be donated to a local BIPOC community in the city. Be sure to follow @Leeloodles on Instagram to get first dibs on the next drop!
Province of Canada
Have you put on a mask (or few) lately and wished they were as soft as your favourite t-shirt? Province of Canada has launched just that with their Made-In-Canada Everyday Masks that are made from organic cotton. No surprise here, these affordable masks – priced at just $14 – all sold out in no time at all. Visit their website and enter to your email to get notified as soon as they’re available again!
Love, Lee Designs
Wearing a face mask certainly doesn’t have to look boring, or medical, and we love the flare that Love, LEE Designs can help bring to your well-protected lewk with help from their African print face masks. Priced at just $20 each, these Made In Canada masks will be ready for you in just 4-10 days from when you place your order.
In just 3 weeks, one of our favourite local kid’s brands, Pika Layers, was able to donate 1300 masks to Canadian medical facilities. When you purchase their non-medical grade face masks for you and yoru family, they donate masks to facilities in need. Their masks are also made from 95% bamboo for a breathable and lightweight option that comes in adult and kid sizing priced at $22 for a pack of two.
We love Bathing Belle for their wild and super fun prints, along with their incredibly flattering swimsuit cuts that are made right here in Toronto. When COVID hit this local designer put her fabrics to great use by quickly shifting to make masks in her range of fabrics for both kids and adults that are priced at just $15.
The Queen of avant-garde fashion, artist and designer Maryam Keyhani launched her take on a fabulous face masks many weeks ago, which we’re not sure if she will create again. Either way, it would be worth following her on Instagram in case does, or even if she doesn’t. Her feed is pretty damn magical.
(Story by Editor-in-Chief, Gracie Carroll)