Here's where you can buy Toronto-made face masks

Jun 29 2020, 11:48 am

Face masks are now an important part of our everyday lives.

And this week, Toronto City Council approved a temporary bylaw to mandate face masks in indoor settings to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Although face masks are to be worn for health and safety precautions, retailers across Toronto have created their own designs to give face masks a little more style.

Here are some Toronto made face masks available for purchase:

Nadia Lloyd

 

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For every face mask sold, one is donated to a front line worker. Nadia Lloyd borrowed a sewing machine from her neighbour and has been repurposing cushions from her abstract art collection to give back during the nation’s battle against coronavirus.

Face mask styles include “Toronto Skyline,” “Graffiti Alley,” and “Black Lives Matter Toronto.”

John Tory has even worn the “Toronto Pride Skyline” face mask.

Toronto Face Masks

Mayor John Tory (Nadia Lloyd)

These face masks are not medical or surgical grade but are made up of two layers of 50/50 poly-cotton and come with elastic ties.

They are all made in Toronto from fabric that features Lloyd’s original art.

Bathing Belle

 

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Bathing Belle is currently donating masks to long-term care homes in the City, as well as essential workers. Each of their masks are made up of two layers of Lycra fabric, with an adjustable, snug fit.

Styles include “Space Dogs,” “Chicken & Waffles,” and “Raccoon Mask.”

Encircled

 

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Encircled’s mission is to save medical-grade masks for front line workers by making non-medical face masks for the community.

You can buy a package of face masks or donate a package. All donations are given to St. James Service Providers’ Network in Toronto.

All masks are made of organic cotton and come in packages of three or five.

Each of their masks also has an extra pocket on the inside to insert a filter or an extra layer of fabric.

Narces

 

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For every face mask purchased, two or more masks are donated for local health and care institutions.

Face masks are made with pockets for filters. Some face masks are made with a crocheted layer on top to give an extra layer of style.

Pick-up in Toronto is free.

Ellie Mae

 

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Each of Ellie Mae’s face masks are sewn in Toronto with repurposed luxury fabrics that are sourced from European mills.

Proceeds from every face mask sold support Feed the Frontlines TO. A portion of the Liberty of London floral mask sales will also be donated to Black Health Alliance.

Ellie Mae also has filters for sale to insert into face masks.

Clementine’s

A portion of each face mask sale is donated to YWCA Toronto to support vulnerable children and women.

These non-medical masks are recommended for daily activities and errands.

The fabric used is double layered and comes in a variety of different colours.

Mode Masks

 

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Through their mask initiative, Mode Masks has donated more than $8,100 worth of masks in less than two months. All face masks are hand sewn. The fabric used comes from all over the world.

Styles include “True Grit – Love is Love,” “Leopard Mask,” and “Pride – Made-to-Measure.”

Tribal Rhythm

 

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With new designs added almost daily, most masks made by Tribal Rhythm are triple-layer vintage fabric with a filter pocket. They even sell a plastic grip for masks.

Styles include “Pink Checks,” “Happy Hippie,” and “Eggplant Floral.”