As the Gov says about wearing a face mask during these extraordinary times of COVID-19 and Coronavirus: “It’s a sign of respect.” Whether you need a face mask for yourself to up your mask fashion game, or you need a face mask for kids that actually fits well, there are New York City makers sewing as fast as they can to meet demand. Here are our favorite local NYC businesses and crafters making and selling face masks for adults and children. Support them with your dollars and keep everyone safe and healthy!
Rainy Day Waffles on Etsy
Long Island's Lissette Gonzalez runs the Etsy shop Rainy Day Waffles, and she's making face masks for both adults and children. Masks for children come in lots on fun colors and patterns, including trucks, cows, flowers, Dr. Suess, and yes, pizza. Her double-layer fitted face masks are made of cotton thread, elastic and cotton woven knit. Each one is hand-cut and sewn, steam-ironed and packed immediately to keep it clean. Masks ship out in one business day and kids' masks are available for ages three to five and six to eight.
Price: $5.99/kids; $8.00/adults
We daresay these are some of the most stylish face masks for kids we found, but they also come with your choice of two or three layers. In addition to featuring some very on-trend and cute prints ranging from Jeff Koons-like balloon dogs, Boston Terriers, and friendly-looking jungle creatures, these masks are made from 100% organic cotton, have a built-in wire to help with fit and come with one free filter. Owner of the shop Linda has even created some greeting cards you can buy to send with your mask if you're buying one as a gift. Made in Fresh Meadows, Queens, these masks ship in three to five business days.
Uncommon Goods Rainbow Face Coverings to Benefit NYC Public Hospitals
Already a popular motif, the rainbow has emerged as a symbol of hope and community during the COVID-19 crisis. Brooklyn-based Uncommon Goods is donating 100 percent of profits from the sale of its locally-made rainbow face masks, featuring art by kids, to NYC Health + Hospitals. Masks are made with cotton and elastic and are for kids ages four to 12. Choose from three different pairs, each with two designs.
Price: $25 for two
littlepartyhaus on Etsy
Bayside's littlepartyhaus typically sells (you guessed it) fun supplies for celebrations like balloon garland kits, rose gold confetti and cake toppers. However, this local Etsy shop is pitching in and making some adorable cotton face masks for kids which are getting rave reviews from customers. Choose from some very tasteful and chic solid-color masks, or understated and cute prints. Masks are for kids ages five and under, or five to 10, and ship next business day.
Cultural Find Boutique
Based in the Bronx, Cultural Find Boutique can craft you a matching mask and dress set in a vibrant African print! Made for kids and adults, these cotton masks are made with a filter layer, but you can also insert a filter if you like. Masks typically ship for free in three days or less.
Yes, you and the child can hav a matching set of face masks! Dubbed the "Bethany mom and me set", this duo is made of 100% breathable washable canvas, with 100% soft polka dot cotton lining and a nose grip. Mom's has soft elastic head bands, and the child version has adjustable head straps. The masks have four layers of protection—outer canvas fabric, quality polka dot cotton lining, and one filter which is made up of two layers of non-woven meltblown polypropylene. Made in Brooklyn, the set ships in two to three days. Heads up: this shop also sells hand sanitizer.
Price: $29.99 for the set of two, one adult, one child
Love Lots Donnah on Etsy
This self-described "crafty New Yorker" sells face masks in a variety of solid colors and patterns (camo! plaid!) made following the CDC standards for washable and reusable cloth face masks. The mask has three-layer cotton fabric protection that includes a pocket for a filter if you wish to use one (not included). Sizes range from extra-small to large and ship in one to three days.