Six Premium Denim Brands Producing Face Masks

How is everyone doing out there? I know so many people focusing on creating face masks during these crazy times…never before have I ever seen so many come together with their own versions of the same project to help their communities. Even people who I didn’t know could sew are whipping out these things like crazy. I myself have started with a few prototypes and will be creating my own. Whether you are trying to stay financially afloat or are donating your own creations, it’s all great to see and shows how hard working we all can be to make it through the toughest times.

For my last post, I highlighted five independent apparel companies creating their own masks. I mentioned I would create another as more brands popped up, and I’m not surprised that they have! Several of my favorite premium denim brands are now shifting production to face masks, and boy are they selling out fast! So, I thought I would share six here for all of you. It’s crazy to me that even some of these larger companies are struggling to keep up with demand. A few have waiting lists, so if you are interested, you can sign up to be notified by email when they are back in stock. I’m really digging those masks from MOTHER Denim above!

The Don’t Spray It masks from MOTHER are one of these temporarily sold out selections with a wait list available. Made in Los Angeles, they are 100% cotton lined for comfort, are machine washable and sold in packs of two. In addition, every mask set sold from April 10th – April 30th $10 will be contributed to No Kid Hungry for those struggling from school closures. If you’re an essential worker, you can also purchase packs for your organization.

Here are five more premium denim brands creating face masks below (with MOTHER up top), from Hudson, Agave, PRPS, Lucky Brand and AG Jeans.

Hudson Jeans

How cute are these? They are also sold out with a wait list, surprise surprise. Coming in packs of three, these non-medical reusable masks are made from an assortment of fabric prints which are randomly selected for each order. Hudson states, “Our goal is to keep the lights on for our LA garment workers by helping the Hudson community everywhere protect themselves and others from COVID-19. Revenue will go first to supporting our craftspeople, while all remaining proceeds will be donated to PATH, a SoCal nonprofit providing lifesaving services to the homeless and others in need.” Order here.

PRPS

PRPS is known for their eccentric styles and fun prints, and these definitely don’t divert from their usual style. Made to CDC guidelines with anti-microbial micro-poly Fabric (88% poly / 12% spandex), 20% of all proceeds to Feeding America. They are also moisture-wicking and contoured for a comfortable fit. Made in the USA. These are definitely one of my favorites! Order here.

Agave

Agave is a fairly modest and quiet brand, creating some of the highest quality jeans I’ve ever tried. They aren’t producing masks here, but are rather taking donations. Agave states, “By purchasing this product you’re contributing to the production and distribution of medical grade surgical masks to medical professionals around the country on the front lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic.” One dollar buys one mask, and you can choose to donate 25, 50, 100, 500 or 1,000 masks. Donate here.

Lucky Brand

These masks from Lucky Brand come in a pack of five, along the donation of five masks with every purchase. These are also proving to be popular so hop on that wait list if you’re savvy! These are non-medical and reusable, with a 100% cotton exterior and 100% polyester interior, and sold at cost. Made in Los Angeles. Order here.

AG Jeans

AG Jeans is doing much more than just making masks. They are donating $1 million to the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund to support community clinics. These masks are non-medical, made from imported fabric, are pre-washed and washable, as well as fitted. For every order made with AG Jeans, a mask will be included. Made in the USA. Read more about their efforts here.

Edit: OK, lets make this SEVEN brands!

Citizens of Humanity

Another established veteran in the premium denim world, Citizens of Humanity began their mask making mission in March. They have shipped over 250,000 masks to hospitals, children’s advocacy groups, grocery stores, nursing homes and more. Packs of five masks are available through their website, as well as bulk orders of 500 for your organization. Made from 100% cotton denim or 98% Cotton, 2% Elastane blends.

I’m happy to see so many brands stepping up. Do you have some favorites that I haven’t highlighted?

Win a Pair of PRPS Raw Selvedge Jeans at Denimology

Win a Pair of PRPS Raw Selvedge Jeans at Denimology - Banner

Win a Pair of PRPS Raw Selvedge Jeans at Denimology

I haven’t posted a lot about it, as it is still fairly new to me and I’m working on breaking in a couple of my own pairs, but raw, selvedge denim is usually seen as the jean of the discerning denim connoisseur. Unlike most jeans on the market, they are basically untreated and unwashed, allowing wearers to break them in and earn those fades and distressing on their own, for a custom look that represents their lifestyles! Selvedge denim is just as, if not more, coveted, as it is a higher quality fabric created on vintage looms, retaining the striped “self edge” of the fabric sheet which an be seen on the outer cuffs and oftentimes the 5th pocket (you can see me sporting a selvedge pair by Levi’s here, by Cult of Individuality here, and by STRÖM here). A good pair of raw selvedge jeans is the ultimate, quality piece for denim fans everywhere, and PRPS is a leader in some of the best raw and selvedge denim around! The PRPS raw line is truly coveted around the world, as the fabric, manufacturing and washing is done in Japan…the capitol of raw denim. If you have been dying to break in your own pair of premium raw denim, now is your chance to get your hands on a pair! Denimology and PRPS have partnered up to offer an exclusive pair of PRPS Noir Japanese Raw Selvedge denim, which is not available in any store. This is a prized piece to wear with pride!

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Denim School Dreams and DIY

Denim School Dreams and DIY

Image: Levi’s – Taper tutorial

Denim School Dreams and DIY

The more I usually fall in love with a hobby or special interest, the more I want to see behind the scenes…get hands-on and dirty with it, or learn how to make my own. Especially with denim…when I first heard the story of Frankie B’s founder starting her business by sewing jeans for her friends in her attic, I felt the itch. That was many many years ago, and I still get held back just because I took one career path, and know very little about textiles. Growing up, my mom would always hand me denim scraps that I’d sew into clothing for my Barbies or even into little handbags. I have a pretty decent knowledge of sewing, but still, my knowledge is limited. If only I could clone myself and head back to college, right? I can’t see myself stopping what I’m doing now. One of my favorite denim blogs, The Jeans Blog, recently posted about something special for denim enthusiasts out there…a chance to learn first hand how denim is created and how to make your own. PRPS founder Donwan Harrell graduated from VCU in Richmond, Virginia as a fashion design student, and didn’t emerge with a whole lot of knowledge about the denim industry. This is pretty inspiring to me, considering how huge PRPS now is! He has recently instituted a program at VCU, called Jeanology, to teach students all about the denim manufacturing and washing process, something that he most likely would have participated in during his days as a student. How amazing is this? Ok so first…I need to clone myself, and second, I need to move to Virginia. Problem solved! I would LOVE to be able to do this!

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