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20 Aussie-Made Face Masks That Make Your Health And Safety A Fashion Statement

Coronavirus is shit. It’s also unpredictable and rules around wearing face masks in public are changing. In Victoria, wearing a face mask in public is now mandatory (with some exceptions) and the New South Wales government has strongly recommended their state also wear them.

So basically, listen to the scientists and just wear them, yeah?

However, not being a dick, keeping everyone safe and following the rules doesn’t have to be a dull thing. No honey, face masks are the biggest accessory of 2020 and there are plenty of places that will help you turn a health and safety measure into your own personal fashion statement.

For obvious reasons, I’ve mostly focused on some local Melbourne and Sydney manufacturers, but they can be ordered from all over Australia.

#1 Labuschewski

 

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Not only are they unique and pretty, these face masks by freelance fashion industry professional Rita McCulloch are consciously and sustainably made.

Price: $29.00

Check them out here.

#2 Petflair

 

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Nothing shows personal flair more than having your fur baby’s face printed on your face mask. Guranteed to be 100% unique.

Price: $39.95

Check them out here.

#3 KITX

 

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You know the label for its sustainable Australian-made women’s fashion, so it makes sense they’re now branching into masks. Plus they’re making them from remnant fabrics.

Price: $25.00

Check them out here.

#4 Scout The Label

 

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Here’s another ethical local designer womenswear label, known for their elegant styles, jumping on board the face mask train to help us all stay trendy in a pandemic.

Price: $25.00

Check them out here.

#5 Embellish Atelier

 

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This boutique in Rozelle, Sydney, normally provides you with all your fancy hat needs. Right now, they’re also keeping you elegant and safe in fab face masks. There’s even a pearl one, if you’re feeling lush.

Price: From $30.00

Check them out here.

#6 MonsterThreads

 

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If you’ve ever been around Sydney you’ve probably seen one of these three cute and quirky stores. Now there are masks, and give me gingham all day.

Price: From $10.95

Check them out here.

#7 Spunky Bruiser

This Sydney Oxford Street boutique is known for its eye-catching, one-off, sustainable fashions. They’ve pivoted into funky face masks made from from recycled materials.

Price: $40 for a 3-pack

Check them out here.

#8 EveryHuman

 

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These guys have released a range of Lip Reader Face Masks, with a clear panel over the mouth to ensure “that all conversations are inclusive” for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Price: $21.95

Check them out here.

#9 MyFaceMasks

 

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Yup, there are whole online stores with multitudes of different face mask styles, so you buy several and match them to your wardrobe.

Price: From $24.95

Check them out here.

#10 AKA Australia

Make your face mask work harder with these ones handmade by theatre wardrobe creative Elyse Horner. All profits go to support the Arts Wellbeing Collective. They run out fast, so keep an eye out for restocks.

Price: $25.00

Check them out here.

#11 St Ali

 

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This South Melbourne cafe might be famous for its coffee, but now you can grab some chic black face masks to keep your Melbourne cool.

Price: From $39.00

Check them out here.

#12 Saibatooth

 

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This Etsy store is run by Sydney-based personal trainer Saiba Choy, after she picked up her sewing machine again when the gyms closed.

Price: From $25.00

Check them out here.

#13 Clear Collective

 

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Made and sewn in Sydney, this range of anti-odour cotton face masks will have something to suit your style. You also have the option of adding a valve to reduce condensation.

Price: From $29.95

Check them out here.

#14 SisterWorks

 

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This Melbourne non-profit organisation that helps migrant women make a better living, and now they’re helping you stay safe too. Plus your purchase will help support vulnerable communities.

Price: From $18.00

Check them out here.

#15 Mask Planet

 

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Yup, another face mask website with a huge range. They’re all made in Melbourne in compliance with DHHS mask guidelines, plus they donate 20% to rotating charities.

Price: From $18.00

Check them out here.

#16 East Coast Face Masks

 

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If you come from the minimalist school of style, get on board with this new Melbourne brand. They keep their styles simple, and all masks come with filters.

Price: $25.00

Check them out here.

#17 Todd Masks

 

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Did someone say sequins? Actor Todd McKenney has turned his attentions to masks since the theatres have shut down, creating this online marketplace where you can buy face masks created by unemployed costume designers.

Price: From $15.00

Check them out here.

#18 Oski + Lottie

 

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Get obsessed with this Melbourne label and their new soft pastel face mask range. They’re subtle, beautiful and often Aussie flora themed.

Price: From $25.00

Check them out here.

#19 Chopsuey Inc

 

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If your style involves a bit of a punk edge, this Footscray custom guitar strap business is now turning their attentions to creating face masks with a bit of attitude.

Price: DM for pricing and ordering.

Check them out here.

#20 Fitzroy Stitch

 

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These face masks feature cute patterns, a pocket to insert your own filters and free shipping Australia-wide. Plus they’re made in Fitzroy North, Melbourne.

Price: $25.00

Check them out here.

(Lead Image: Pexels / Stephen Francis)