9 Irish designers who have created handmade reusable face-coverings
Stay stylish while staying safe
By Clodagh Meaney
As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease more and more people are turning to reusable face coverings for an added layer of protection during the crisis.
Not only are reusable masks better for the environment, purchasing a handmade mask from a small business will help them to sustain themselves as the health pandemic, and financial uncertainty continue.
We've gathered a list of companies based in Ireland that are creating masks to ensure that PPE is reserved for frontline workers:
Based in Dublin, Yoko Wool are offer 100% cotton masks in 5 different colours and patterns.
You can chose from plain or patterned masks that are held over the ear with an elasticated strap.
Prices range from €3.90 to €5.00
Creative Director of Spacey Studio Niamh McCabe has turned her artistic hand to create gorgeous face masks for both adults and children.
Speaking to EMPWR last month, Niamh said that creating face masks was a natural progression for in her textile line development.
Coming in a variety of colours and patterns, these masks are fastened using ribbon - perfect for someone with sensitive skin.
Children's masks are €20, with adult masks costing €33. 15% of proceeds are donated to Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.
Natalie B Coleman
Using organic cotton, designer Natalie B Coleman has created 3 limited edition masks for the fashion forward.
Each mask comes with care instructions and meets CITEVE and AFNOR standards.
The price of each mask is €25, and once these designs sell out three more limited edition designs will be released.
Based in Dublin, Irish designer Eamon McGill who specialises in bespoke gowns and evening wear has created a range of fashionable face masks.
He has even created masks specifically for brides and grooms who may be walking down the aisle during COVID-19.
Prices range from €22 to €60, and a percentage of profits are being donated to Simon Community.
We Make Good
This social enterprise is offering linen and cotton face coverings for both children and adults.
For each child mask purchased, two masks are donated to direct provision and for each adult mask donated, one mask is donated to direct provision. Masks are made by women with refugee backgrounds.
Prices start at €25.
Fi Bourke Design
Fionnuala Bourke has designed four different types of masks.
At only €10 each, these masks are in high demand so there is currently a waiting list to get access to her store.
Frontline workers and people vulnerable to COVID-19 can order masks for free, all Fionnuala asks is for everyone to be genuine about their needs.
Fi Bourke Design are also creating masks for Kildare nursing homes for free. You can donate to her mission here.
Zoë Carol Wong
Based in Kilkenny, bespoke designer Zoë Carol Wong has created linen face coverings for adults and children alike.
Coming in a variety of colours and designs, each mask is secured around the ears using an elastic strap.
Prices start at €20.
Irish sock brand, Socksciety have turned their hand to creating face coverings.
Coming in different colours, these coverings are designed for adults and children alike.
Prices start at just €4.
These triple layer masks from Trousseau are made from a blend of cotton and linen.
Masks come in different colours and are available for both adults and children.
Prices start at €3.95 and €1 from each sale is donated to Save the Children Foundation.