The Handbook
The Handbook

There may be a deadly global pandemic on, the economy’s on its knees and the world’s top scientists are working on vaccines and treatments while NHS workers toil on the front line. With so much uncertainty, there’s only one question on the lips of the smart-set… where can I get a designer face mask?

Thank goodness you asked! The Groucho Club may be open again, but who would want to be seen out and bout wearing a home made number? The great-and-the-good can let out a sigh of relief, we’ve got you covered. Literally…

Hugo Boss

A snazzy number from Hugo Boss (disclaimer: you can tell this isn’t being written by a fashion writer). Printed with a Hugo Boss logo, the mask is contemporary, not to mention breathable.

Machine washable with elastic ear loops, look cool and safe on the tube.

Website: www.hugoboss.com
Price: £21

Liberty

The Arts & Craft movement were far too promiscuous to survive a pandemic, but they did make lovely prints so, swings and roundabouts.

These Liberty print masks come in sets of five and are created from three layers of fabric and made in Italy for the department store using Tana Lawn cotton.

Website: www.libertylondon.com
Price: £40 for 5

Fendi

Fendi’s silk streetwear, printed with Fendi’s iconic branding, will ensure you stand out in a crowd. Or make you a mark for one of those jewellery robberies.

Either way, the cool face mask looks perfectly comfortable with its chunky elasticated ear loops.

Website: www.selfridges.com
Price: Currently out of stock…

Boden

Your mum’s and Kate Middleton’s favourite brand, Boden, have gotten into the face mask business. Coming in packs of three in a “mystery mix” (aka random order), they include a nose wire for best fit plus they’re  relatively eco given they use offcuts from their clothing lines.

For the ultimate Yummy Mummy aesthetic, ideally match with a Boden jumper of the same pattern…

Website: www.boden.co.uk
Price: £20 for 3

Marc Jacobs

The fashion house has created a rather beautiful upcycled mask that does more than just collecting germs, it also helps UNICEF.

The profits from each of the limited edition off-cut masks goes to UNICEF’s fight against COVID-19.

Website: www.marcjacobs.com
Price: £100

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren’s foray into face masking is predictably simple and smart. The cloth mask provides 80% particle filtration and comes in 12 different fabrics.

Only washable 20 times is a disappointing limitation (I’m writing this in a Ralph Lauren jumper I’ve been wearing for 16 years), but so is the fact that it’s not yet on sale and you have to sign up to a pre-order list…

Website: www.ralphlauren.co.uk
Price: TBC

Brooks Brothers

COVID-19’s economic woes includes taking away a good number of our favourite restaurants, but over the fetid pond, Brooks Brothers, the oldest outfitter in America, has gone into administration. However, it seems they’re continuing to operate and they’re making masks.

Only problem is, like their chinos or general preppy output, they’re just a little… dull.

Website: www.brooksbrothers.com
Price: £25 for 4 masks

Adidas

All Day I Dream About… Safety. Adidas have brought their German style to face masking with a sporty number that fits well and looks good enough to play a game of international level football in.

Made with recycled materials the soft, breathable material is off-puttingly reminiscent of Boris Johnson’s mask. Otherwise, it’s recommended.

Website: www.adidas.co.uk
Price: £14.95 for 3

Lacoste

Protection from a pandemic comes in many forms (most of them involve staying at home), but ‘crocodile’ is probably not among them. Unless it’s a Lacoste face mask.

One of a range of masks from the iconic French brand, the piqué cotton and seamless double-pleat design is pretty and offers plenty of covering. Also comes with a nice pouch.

Website: www.lacoste.com
Price: £15

Reiss

Helpfully featuring adjustable straps, this mask from Reiss includes an integrated nose wire for fitting and is made from four separate layers of fabric.

The simple design looks good and is a little more business-atire appropriate than a float of crocodiles.

Website: www.reiss.com
Price: £20

Under Armour

Normally to be found on the sports pitch, Under Armour (American company, British spelling, in case you were wondering), a somewhat superior mask, designed for sports and exercise as much as pandemic protection.

Available in five different sizes, you should be able to get a great fit, which is more than can be said for a lot of masks we’ve tried.

Website: www.underarmour.com
Price: £25.11 (weirdly specific price there)

Oliver Bonas

Not just a one-stop shop for trinkets when you’ve forgotten to get someone a birthday present, Oliver Bonas has some skimpy face masks to offer up too.

The masks do have a pocket for a filter, but this is not included. Three fabrics and with ear loops, it’s simple but does what it says on the tin. Oh, and it doesn’t come in a tin.

Website: www.oliverbonas.com
Price: £16 for 3

Ben Sherman

Because the menfolk of Essex need face masks too. Normally Ben Sherman might expect to be the shirtmaker of choice seen strutting around Sugar Hut or (insert TOWIE hangout here…), but everyone’s got to do their bit and the brand have admirably turned their hand to (non medical) PPE.

Fashioned from their shirting material, choose from classic gingham, a chambray texture and Ben Sherman original house check.

Website:  www.bensherman.co.uk
Price: £25 for 3

Kurt Geiger

All of the profits from Kurt Geiger We Are One mask goes to NHS Charities Together. Not only that but the mask really looks the part too.

The elastic is adjustable and the design includes a heavy weight interlocked cotton outer, emplazoned with ‘a sentiment of unity in rainbow hues’ and lined in a soft jersey material.

Website: www.kurtgeiger.com
Price: £15

Anthropologie

Anthropologists will no doubt have plenty to say about society and coronavirus, myriad PHDs will be written on the subject, but Anthropologie will just keep making face masks.

The homeware, hardware, clothing and bits-and-bobs shop have produced a set of three reusable masks. Simple and stylish in funky patterns, they’re also 100% organic. Apart from the elastic ear loops.

Website: www.anthropologie.com
Price: £18 for 3

Henri Lloyd

Hello sailor! Finishing up with a slightly different design, Boaty McFacemask makers Henri Lloyd have created a mask that fits around the head (ideal for any ear loop haters (or, indeed, any Van Goghs out there with only one ear)).

It also looks quite cool when worn, albeit with slight snood undertones. All the same, we’re fans. The two pack comes with a changeable filter, which is handy.

Website: www.henrilloyd.com
Price: £30 for 2