Stay safe in style with a local face mask
If you’re looking to mask up in a stylish, sustainable way, check out these local Wellington makers to keep your face looking fresh
Local slow fashion designer, Holly Norman, has turned her hand to making reusable facemasks under her stylish label, Olli.
Each of her masks are handmade to order in Wellington, and come in a range of fun prints and patterns. Complete with a wire insert to contour to your nose, and adjustable ties for behind the ears, these masks are equally comfy as they are fabulous. Take your pick from a range of floral and gingham options, and order via her website for a stylish and reusable piece that's just as healthy for the planet as it is for your face.
If you've ever wanted to match your mask to your underwear, now's your chance.
Local underwear extraordinaires Nisa have turned their hands to mask making. Just like their undies, Nisa's face coverings are made of organic cotton for ultimate comfort and breathability, and have stretchy ear elastics for a snug fit. They come in three sizes and five fun colours to match your mood (or your bra).
Face It NZ
Let's face it - face masks are going to be a must-have accessory for a while. If you're looking to mask up in style, take your cue from Jacinda Ardern and grab a mask from local company, Face It NZ.
The masks from Face It NZ are sustainable, reusable and adjustable, and come in a range of fun and fashion-forward fabrics. If you really want to take your mask look to the next level grab one of their mask chains while you're there. It will keep your mask handy on the run, and stay at the top of your fashion and safety game. Win-win!
Made by Kenzy
Wellington seamstress Kenzy is keeping your face in fashion with her range of fabric masks in funky colours and prints. Featuring a pleated design, adjustable straps and the all-important nose wire (shout out to glasses-wearers), your mask wearing experience will be equal parts comfortable and stylish.
Take your mask game to the next level with a fabulous matching hat and mask combo from Hills Hats.
Hills have been protecting your noggin since 1875, and now they’re protecting your face as well – and doing it in style. They’ve got a combo to suit every personality – are you a pink beret, a check bucket hat, or a classic tweed duckbill? Whatever your choice, they’ve got a mask to match, and they’re all made right here in Wellington.
Little Yellow Bird
Made of 100% organic cotton with space for a natural wool filter, Little Yellow Bird has got the goods when it comes to face masks.
Why not share the love and grab one of their starter packs – they’ve got a two-pack for you and your bestie to get a mask each and some replacement filters, or get the whole crew covered with a 10 pack, each equipped with its own replaceable filter preinstalled.
The Minimal Co.
The Minimal Co’s handmade face masks are all made from cotton, linen, or denim, and are double layered with elastic ear straps. There are a number of options depending on your preference for a pleated or 3D style or to include a filter, and they also sell a handy drawstring bag for storing your mask on the go.
Take your pick from a beautiful range of colours and prints like pink gingham or denim spots, or get a different one for every day of the week (or for every outfit).
Head to Munch Cupboard to grab #TheGoodFaceMask, which features a three-layer filter system and a disposable wool filter, and comes in two adult sizes, plus one for kids.
These masks are not only made to protect the wearer – Munch started their mask-making project to protect communities and provide work to their team of at-home sewers and makers. Each mask is handmade by people who are vulnerable or in need of work, so you can feel good about looking after more than just the people around you when you put your mask on.
Local designer Poppy Voon is shipping handmade, 100% linen face masks in a rainbow of gorgeous earthy colours.
Like her main collections, each of her masks are made to order to ensure minimal waste, and have a two day turnaround time. The design includes double-layered and pleated fabric, with matching elastic straps to keep it chic and safe. Poppy can also make masks in children’s sizes, if you and your mini want to match.
Your local gift store has you covered with locally made, 100% cotton face masks. The accordion-pleated style means they are one size fits most, but they’re happy to accommodate specific needs (like if you’ve been growing an epic lockdown beard). Mix it up with a fun Pohutukawa or monstera print, or keep it classic with a goes-with-everything black.