Apr 9, 202004:19 PMStyle Watch

Keep calm and cover up with these locally made fabric face masks

Keep calm and cover up with these locally made fabric face masks

Photo courtesy of Michelle Marra

The CDC now recommends donning a cloth face covering, like ones made by Roseville-based All Things Mish (pictured), when out in public places.

If and when you need to emerge from your shelter-in-place cocoon, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends wearing a cloth face mask—particularly in places where social distancing may be difficult (like at grocery stores)—in an effort to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Sporting a DIY mask from a T-shirt or bandana (researchers have found that masks featuring a double layer of cotton work best), or one of the washable, reusable coverings of quilted fabric or scuba material that local designers are furiously sewing to meet demand, would be a good addition to the other preventative measures now ingrained into our daily lives. From the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera’s band of merry costumers to local streetwear designer Samuel Rose Parkinson, our region’s newly minted mask-making masters have got you—and your face—covered.

R. Douglas Custom Clothier

This Sacramento-based bespoke menswear designer now offers face coverings made from its signature cotton shirting fabrics—currently in more than 20 designs, including blue-and-white micro-floral and green camouflage—and outfitted with adjustable ear straps, bamboo lining and a pocket for an extra insert. Online ordering is now available, or you can head to R. Douglas' downtown location near 12th and J streets to purchase one solo ($15) or treat yourself to a new shirt or suit for a free one. $15 per mask; custom garments start at $129. 1020 12th St. 916-438-9455. rdouglas.net

R. Douglas' face masks feature adjustable ear straps and a soft bamboo liner. (Photo courtesy of R. Douglas)

All Things Mish 

Between shifts as a cardiac sonographer at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, Michelle Marra sews double-layered face masks in her Roseville home for her Etsy shop All Things Mish. Made of super soft cotton quilting fabric, Marra's whimsical masks are printed with everything from sexy red lips to largemouth bass to sock monkeys. If you prefer something that goes with everything, Marra also makes monochrome coverings in colors like black, light blue and purple. $16.95-$18.95. etsy.com/shop/AllThingsMish  

A sock monkey mask by All Things Mish (Photo courtesy of Michelle Marra)

The Atrium

In mid-March, when the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera postponed the remainder of its 2019-20 season, lead costume designer Sheilagh Macafferty and her Sacramento Costumers crew stopped stitching pieces for the company's production of The Barber of Seville, and started crafting cloth face masks instead. The coverings come in four types—from your basic double-layer cotton ($8.75) to the Good Seal version ($15), which was designed by a retired nurse practitioner and comes with a non-woven filter layer—and are made from on-hand fabric in the costume department, so you could get anything from animal print to magenta tartan.The masks are sold through Sacramento nonprofit The Atrium, an arm of Up Kindness Inc. that is hosting an online shop selling masks from local creatives. Prices vary. shop.atrium916.com

Bespoke by Samuel Rose

Local fashion designer Samuel Rose Parkinson is temporarily pivoting from his bespoke streetwear, which blends traditional textiles and edgy prints, to crafting cloth face masks in his atelier in R Street's Warehouse Artist Lofts Public Market. Rather than looping over the ears, Parkinson's masks—made from stretchy, heavy-duty fabrics like neoprene, the scuba suit material—have straps that snap behind the neck and over the head for a snug fit and weightless feel. $10. bsrbrand.com

Little Bandit Masks

Oak Park jewelry maker Meg Holbrook started making COVID-19 masks last month to help raise funds for the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. (She's already sold about 100 of her cotton masks outfitted with braided elastic cords.) Thinking of her 11- and 4-year-old kids, Holbrook specializes in "not-so-scary," kid-friendly coverings, featuring everything from Marvel heroes to rainbow elephants. $13 for single; $26-$55 for multipacks. etsy.com/shop/LittleBanditMasks


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In response to the pandemic, skater-wear brand Official—launched by Sacramento-based designer Jason Maggio, who also founded rugged outdoor apparel company All Good—has created a line of face masks. The inventory ranges from utilitarian nano-polyurethane coverings—which come in colors like neon green, heather gray and rose pink—to disposable KN95 versions (suitable alternatives to the highly sought-after N95 masks). $9.95-$14 for single masks; $19.95-$59.95 for multipacks. theofficialbrand.com 


Paris Macedon’s Oak Park-based clothing brand OTSS (Only the Strong Survive) is crafting made-to-order face masks for kids and adults with patterns like the Ethiopian flag, a bold checkered print, or a simple phrase to show your feelings about this whole coronavirus ordeal—"Yuck.” To order, send the designer a DM on Instagram or Facebook, and while you're at it, check out her comfortable work-from-home wear, including logo joggers and galactic hoodies. $10 for kids; $25-$35 for adults. Direct message on Instagram and Facebook

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