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6 Local Masks to Buy Now

By Antonia DePace | September 14, 2020 | Style & Beauty

Boring blue medical masks are no more thanks to these Philly designers.


1. Simitri

Pre-pandemic, it wasn’t unlikely to see one of designer Gayatri Chopra’s shimmering handbags swinging on the shoulders of a Philly fashionista. Now, the designer is making hand-embroidered sequin and beaded masks to match. Expect popular patterns, like the beetle design, and crystallized straps, along with a “Game Day” collection this fall.


2. Nicole Miller Philadelphia

At the beginning of COVID-19, fashion designer Nicole Miller and Mary Dougherty of Nicole Miller Philadelphia wasted zero time when it came to creating stylish masks. Pick between leopard animal prints or have some fun with bold stars against neutral backgrounds. Every month, a portion of the proceeds are donated to a local charity, as well as the fight against COVID-19.


3. Armstrong & Wilson

Now that masks are a part of our everyday wardrobe, it only makes sense to have them complement other accessories. Co-owners Ontario Armstrong and Clifton Wilson are making this much easier for men with mask patterns that can be paired with their luxury pocket squares and bow ties. For the distinguished gentleman, the gold and burgundy silk face mask with gold detailed buttons is the perfect addition to any ensemble.


4. Paula Hian

There’s no better way to sparkle than with Paula Hian’s sequin face masks, which are available in black, white and red both online and in her King of Prussia Mall boutique. Or, if you’re looking for something special, look to the designer’s one-of-a-kind options—each mask in this section is made from small pieces of engineered prints, so you can be sure that you’ll be the only one sporting the look.


5. Dori Desautel Broudy

Do you remember the fun hot-pink lip face mask that CBS3’s Jessica Kartalija wore on air? Well, it was created by New England transplant Dori Desautel Broudy, and since then she’s designed even more fun options to wear. From colorful rainbows to the traditional “LOVE” sign, the face masks are all triple-layer 100% cotton, and are machine washable.


6. TTribe

There’s no more digging in your purse for your mask thanks to Rittenhouse boutique owner Tamar Odaya Maoz. Since she prides herself on using deadstock fabrics for her designs (along with having a pretty fantastic range of vintage pieces), it comes as no surprise that her handpainted bandannas are multifunctional. Style them around your neck for easy access, and then tie them around your face when needed.

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Photography by: From top, photo: Courtesy of Simitri; Courtesy of Nicole Miller; By Hiu Pham; By Veronica White Photography, @vmwhitephoto; Courtesy of Dori Desautel; Courtesy of TTribe