We’re all going to need a supply of face coverings for awhile—why not buy from a Midwest maker?

By Ginger Crichton
June 04, 2020
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Small businesses around the Midwest are crafting comfortable, durable face masks that you can order online. In some cases, a portion of the proceeds benefits a local charity. Masks may be made to order or can sell out quickly, so keep an eye on your favorite maker and support them with your purchase as soon as you see something you like!

Dale and Blue in Detroit sells beautiful tie dye and solid-color masks in both adult and child sizes.

Sassy clothing designer Raygun—with locations in Des Moines and several other Iowa cities, Kansas City, Chicago and Omaha—makes fabric masks printed with slogans like a “A Mask is the New Smile!,” “Resting Mask Face” and “Snack Prevention Device.” Thirty-five percent of profits goes to supporting community food banks.

PrideMasks, made in Chicago, come in a variety of bold colors and patterns, some inspired by the works of local artists.

In Detroit, DIOP makes facemasks (and other apparel) with Ankara patterns, “a boldly colored and patterned fabric used throughout West Africa.” A portion of the proceeds helps Feed the Frontlines, which supports Detroit restaurants and feeds emergency and health care workers.

Courtesy of DIOP

Indigo & Snow in Minneapolis, a business dedicated to zero waste, specializes in hand-dyed apparel from founder Annabella Sardelis. For every colorful tie dye or solid-color mask sold, the company donates 10 percent of the proceeds to a local food shelf.

Louise Gray, a Minneapolis-based maker of quilts, bedding, blankets and more, sells a Be Well, Be Kind Mask. Buyers have an option of adding a mask that will be donated to healthcare providers or others in need.

Charlie Hustle Co. in Kansas City has added face masks to its KC Heart collection of wearables. For every mask purchased, the company will donate a mask to essential workers in the Kansas City metro area.

Also in Kansas City, Rightfully Sewn, which seeks to empower women through seamstress training and job placement help, sells fashion masks to support the group’s Mask Initiative—donating fabric masks to healthcare workers. (Available for pick-up only except for bulk or wholesale orders.)

Some other Midwest makers to check out: