Local designers create masks that combine fashion and function
By Kateryna Didukh | September 28, 2020
Since masks have become commonplace, they have quickly transcended their simple function, oftentimes crossing into the realm of fashion.
LUXX Ready To Wear started producing masks in March. Derek Jagodzinsky, designer and founder of LUXX, says, initially, masks were made from a cotton and bamboo blend. Later, Luxx tailored them to changes of the season with more breathable, sportswear fabric.
He says the company’s most popular design to date is a variation of a black and white mask, with Cree syllabic prints. Masks can be ordered through LUXX’s Instagram page, and come in sizes small to XL, and kids’ sizes are available, too.
Unique designs mean that masks can be limited editions — like some designs by KYN Apparel. Its founder, Alèthe Kaboré, creates 100 per cent cotton, sustainable masks. Just like Jagodzinsky, Kaboré noticed a demand for masks in March. With her background in public health, she researched the varying effectiveness of different masks, and ended up producing breathable masks with original African prints.