People living in Victoria are now required to wear a mask or a face covering when leaving the house. Reusable masks, single-use masks and coverings like scarves are all great options to help yourself and others stay safe. Here are a few Melbourne businesses making and selling masks.
Oski and Lottie
This sweet sustainable shop has locally-made masks to match. Designed and produced in Melbourne, Oski and Lottie’s linen masks are an excellent option – particularly if you have sensitive skin. The 100% linen fabric has hypoallergenic properties, and designs are printed with non toxic, solvent free, water based pigment inks.
Spoilt Gift & Homewares
Spoilt has been a last minute gift savior for yonks, now let them save your face with the massive range of face masks that have just landed on their website. Masks come in cotton, denim look, floral designs and disposable packs. They also have a range of sizes, if you’ve been struggling to find the right mask for you.
Atal the label
RMIT fashion design student Sanjana Atal has pivoted to producing masks as part of her made-to-order range. The masks are triple layered and customized to your choice of fabric. Free shipping if you buy five or more – order via direct message on Instagram (@atal.thelabel).
Two African-born and Melbourne raised sisters are behind this eclectic label. And now the Collective Closets team have a chic range of cotton face masks available to order online. Materials used to create the masks are a mix of ‘dead stock’ fabric and locally sourced materials.
Made to order from Carlton, Modern Creatures has an awesome range of reusable 100% cotton face masks available on Etsy. Cute fabrics include Dachshund, doughnut and leopard print styles. Plus, delivery is free!
Erinbank Crafts and Gifts
Erinbank in Kensington are currently receiving new stock every day of Louie and the Fox brand face masks. Coming in a range of colours and patterns, pick them up in store if you’re local or search the site to see if you are in the delivery area.
Design A Space
Local designers regularly bare their wares at Design a Space in Manchester Lane. And a heap of them are now regularly dropping off handmade reusable face masks for sale. Head in store to peruse the selection, or send them a DM on Instagram to explore the styles and have the mask delivered.
Kuwaii‘s chic, DHHS compliant masks sold out in a matter of minutes, but the team has just announced they’ll be doing runs of 300 – 600 masks every week. The Kuwaii masks are triple-layered, breathable and made in Melbourne using re-purposed ‘dead stock’ material. A portion of all sales also go to charity. Stay tuned to their Instagram for information about pre-orders for each week.
Based in Parkville, Lipstik Red’s reusable face masks come in a variety of colours and cost under $9 per mask. The range also includes anti-bacterial masks. One dollar from every sale goes to Melbourne City Mission.
New Age Promotions
Buy from a Carlton local and order a reusable mask from New Age Promotions. Made of triple layered fabric, the mask has been engineered with ‘HeiQ Viroblock’ – an antiviral and antibacterial protective material. The team also sells customisable face masks for business owners.
Pick quirky designs from Monster Threads‘ range of masks. Adult sizes are available for pre-order via their online store. Children over 12 are also required to wear masks, so the kids range is a great option for your little mate.
Culture Kings’ mask range is probably one of the most extensive in town, from packs of disposable medical masks to bandanna face wraps and street-wear style reusable face coverings. The Culture Kings crew also sell filter packs that you can slip inside your mask. Just be sure to choose masks without valves or holes in them.
V and J Menswear
Located in the iconic Flinders Lane, V and J have been busy shifting their focus to quality mask production. The masks are triple layered with an internal cotton filter, made in Melbourne and customisable to four different sizes. Send an email to make an order.
Located in Collins Square, Capsule Pharmacy has a range of different face masks available. Reusable masks are made locally by ‘Locomotive Breath’ and are triple layered with an internal filter pocket. You can also purchase masks with an external water resistant layer. Their disposable masks come in packs of 10 ($19.90) or 50 ($59). Masks can be pre-ordered online or via phone call (9614 5745) then picked up in store. Wait times are about one week.
Marea Bright Milliner
Working away in Melbourne since 1964, Marea Bright knows a thing or two about the importance of custom design. Contact her over the phone (0438 215 186) for a bespoke mask, made to order right here in Melbourne.
Another beloved Aussie fashion icon, Gorman has started selling masks from their online store. Stocks are limited and released in batches, keep an eye on their face mask page for information about when pre-orders reopen.
Happytown KPOP Store
Degraves Street legends Clementine’s will be selling masks as fast as they can make them. Coming in pleated or fitted styles, the masks are made from 3 layers of cotton in a variety of designs. Email the team for pre-orders, then arrange a pick up time in store.
Editor’s note: Clementine’s has currently put mask orders on hold. Stock should be available again towards the start of August.
100% cotton, breathable, advanced filtration and temperature controlled. The Bonds range of masks are comfy and cool. They also come with a card to help you track how many times they’ve been washed (the masks can be washed 20 times). You can pick them up in store or order online – stocks are limited, but more are on the way.
The DHHS has a handy guide to making your own cloth mask, and it can be made with any water resistant material. You don’t even need a sewing machine! You can also use scarves as a face covering, or follow this easy video and snip some socks into a single-use mask. Or sign up for a Laneway Learning mask-making tutorial. No sewing machine required.
Notes for the hearing impaired
I Sign. I Wander. on Facebook have shared some very useful graphics to assist in communicating with deaf or hard of hearing people while wearing a mask. You can also learn more from the The Deaf Victoria coronavirus information page.
The DHHS does not encourage purchases of P2 and N95 masks as supplies need to be preserved for medical professionals. Do not wear a mask with valves or holes in it, as this could spread the virus if infected. Due to current circumstances, shops may close or run out of stock at very short notice. Check with individual businesses for information.