As restrictions are reintroduced across South Australia, and Victoria’s COVID-19 situation escalates, the number of South Australian producers of face masks continues to grow.
In Victoria, it’s now mandatory to wear masks, while in NSW it’s a requirement if you’re in an area that makes social distancing difficult, such as on public transport.
For those in areas where masks are required, the Chief Health Officer recommends a mask with three layers, however any face mask or covering is better than none.
Currently there is no requirement to wear a mask in South Australia, however for those wanting to purchase one locally, we’ve compiled a list of South Aussie manufacturers, so you can support local.
Please remember the below fabric masks are for precautionary use only and are non-medical grade. They DO NOT replace surgical masks and the importance of social distancing.
Adelaide-based designer and boutique owner, Mim Harvey, is known for creating flirty ensembles and sourcing divine accessories but she is now directing her talents toward helping supply handmade masks. While there’s a stack of designs available on the website, due to fabric supply issues, they’ll try their best to send your preferred mask selection, or a close design. Each mask is 100% cotton, 2-3 ply with pleated accordion front with adjustable ties. Money made from these masks will go directly to purchasing fabric and binding to make masks to donate to essential workers or those in need. Masks are $15 each and can be purchased here: https://www.seekerstore.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/facemaskcause
One of Adelaide’s best loved artists and designers, Tiff Manuell, has taken her paintbrush to design a new range of gorgeous designer face masks. In addition to being colourful and supporting a local designer, $5 from every mask sale will be donated to beyond blue. Tiff’s double layer face masks are cotton, washable and reusable. They feature internal pocket for additional filter (tissue, baking paper etc.) Be quick though, as they regularly sell out. The masks are $25 each. Purchase yours here: https://tiffmanuell.com/products/face-mask-brave-soul
Tailors of Distinction have piloted from their high end suit and tailoring business, and are utilising their production facilities to make washable face masks for the general public. Their 3 layer masks comprise of 2 outer layers of poly-cotton (POPLIN) while the 3rd inner layer is a thicker felt pad. They are fully washable, reusable masks. Online sales & delivery available. Black or coloured available. Prices start at $35 for a 2-pack. Purchase here: https://todmasks.myshopify.com/
Another fantastic South Australian fashion designer has added a new range to her collection, with Couture+Love+Madness designer Cristina Tridente offering masks. From featuring in Vogue this month, to helping address the demand for masks, this will certainly be a memorable month for Cristina. Her double lined cotton masks are $10 each, (plus postage Australia wide for $4). She’s also offering masks with a filter pocket for $13. Text Cristina 0413926171 to place an order and enquire about available patterns 😷 Visit the CLM Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/couturelovemadness/
Two Crafty Sisters on Instagram have expanded their range, from fabulous scrunchies, to face masks too! Their masks are 100% cotton, hand-made, new, washable and reusable. They are made with 2 laters of cotton, with non-woven filter mask inserts. Each face mask comes with a small scrunchie and an extra filler insert. Masks are $15 for one, or $25 for two. Purchase here: https://www.instagram.com/two_crafty_sisters_/
GUYS WE FOUND BLING MASKS! The team at MT Creations have created shimmer bling masks, customisable masks, solid colour masks and printed fabric masks in different sizes, ranging from kids (12-13cm), to small, medium, large and extra large (19-20cm). The sizes measure from the bridge of your nose, to under chin measurement.
MT Creations 3-layered face masks are handmade with a protective, waterproof membrane and natural 100% unbleached cotton. The masks are durable, lightweight, comfortable and, importantly, provide a secure barrier against particulates and fluids. Prices start at $8 for plain masks, with the option of extra bling for $4. Shimmer masks start at $20. Purchase yours here: https://www.mtcreations.com.au/eco-masks
Solitaire masks use a design based on the Olson mask recommended by UnityPoint Health in the US. It has a pocket where an additional filter can be inserted. They’ve already sewn a filter into yours, but if you want extra protection, it’s there as an option. Buy yours here: https://solitairemasks.com.au/.
Jem Designs traditionally makes swim and dance wear, but they’re now creating something we haven’t seen a lot of – mask-friendly headbands and head coverings! If you don’t love the elastics tucked behind your ears, or causing fraction. on your hair/head, this is a great option. The handbands with mask button are only $9 each, and the head coverings are $15. Buy yours here: http://jemdesigns.com.au/?s=mask&post_type=product
From bike & walking reflective gear, to face masks, Hey Reflect’o will ensure you’re not missed when you’re out and about. Their double layer cotton masks have a soft lining and a Reflect’o piece on each cheek. Wear the mask pointy side up. If you want the mask to fit a child or a really small head, simply tie a knot in the elastic to resize it. Handy to help remind you not to touch your face and helps to keep your germs to yourself. Keeps your face warm cycling on a bike too! Washable, reusable product. Masks are $29 each. Shop them here: https://www.heyreflecto.com.au/reflective-face-masks
Adelaide label Kalila & NAMOI are now also offering masks. They have 3 layers of fabric, some with cotton lining, some with a polyester layer. Durable cotton exterior, washable, reusable. You can insert a filter if needed and they can sew a pocket into them so you can insert a wire or adjustable metal nose tab. Shop them here: https://kalila.com.au/
Another SA business that has pivoted is Groovy Gaitors. They’ve gone from making ankle and neck gaitors, to producing fun face masks. Their 3 layered masks are made in-house using Aussie fabric which moulds nicely to your face. Masks are $15.00 each. To order, message their Facebook page with what you’re after and they’ll invoice you for payment with PayPal. Please supply email address and postal address in message.
AKI Couture Adelaide Dressmaker is now offering to make 2-layer or 3-layer masks. Get in touch directly for more details.
The folks over at Fancy That on Beach Road offers both basic and deluxe masks. The $15 deluxe masks are curved to fit your face with a centre seam and elastic that goes around your head. $10 Basic masks are rectangle shared and pleated for fit with ear elastics. Once you’ve chosen a mask type, you select your colour, with both plain fabrics and prints available. Then decide if you want a logo or words added for an additional $5. Finally, choose a size. They have kids, teen, regular adult or large adult available. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/FancyThatOnBeachRoad/
Kitty Came Home are making regular batches of face masks which feature four layers of cotton fabric with an space to insert an additional filter if you like. They also have a removable, bendable aluminium strip that you can form around your nose. The masks are washable/reusable and have a soft round elastic for comfort around your ears. One size fits most. Each mask is $29. Buy them here: https://kittycamehome.com/collections/face-mask
Adelaide -based Artist, Dirty Artist is known for creating unique acrylic paintings on canvas and has a following of over 100k subscribers following her art on Youtube. In addition to other apparel, cloth face masks are abundant and available. Online sales and delivery anywhere in Australia, Order more than 1 and save on postage. Masks are made of two layers with a 100% cotton interior lining, which make them soft on the skin and easy to breathe. The stretchy cotton material allows adult men to fit nicely. The mask can be washed and reused again and again. Throw it into the wash with your clothes and it will wash up nicely. These masks are made from materials made by the US in the USA, however the designs are hand made by South Australian Acrylic Artist – Dirty Artist. In addition to supporting a local artist, $1 from every mask sale is donated to nonprofit to feed children in need. Facemasks are $21 each + postage. Buy them here: https://teespring.com/stores/dirty-artist/collection/face-masks
21-year-old Adelaide-based lingerie designer and owner of independent label, Bizarre, Jana Fuss has traded in her racy lingerie in favour of lace masks. The beige and red masks are both double-layered with stretch lace on the outside and 100% cotton jersey on the inside. Ms Fuss says all her masks must be washed after each use for it to be fully effective. The masks start at $10 each. Purchase here: https://bizarreau.com/
If you’re after a face shield instead of a mask, there’s a company from Kangaroo Island who are 3D printing face shields for extra protection. No elastic is needed, but the loops are there in case you want to add a rubber band or hair tie. Universal size, Colours are randomly selected. $10 each plus postage. Can fit 10 in a satchel. To order, message the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CustomCreations3D
If you are looking for high quality masks that have better filtration, consider KN95/N95/P2 medical grade masks. Cloth masks do little to filter particles for the wearer and are more about trying to cut down spread of potentially infective aerosol to others. Austosafe/Austofix is an Adelaide medical manufacturer, who have sourced KN95 masks that have conformity and QC tested and packaged in SA. These masks are currently being provided to dentists, doctors and now the general public Australia wide. Please visit www.betterforu.com.au which is an Adelaide based and owned online business, or www.masks4u.com.au for for Austosafe Masks. Prices start at $49.95 for a 10 pack.