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15 Latinx Brands Making Face Masks to Protect Against Coronavirus

With coronavirus present in all 50 states, we are hunkering down, only going out for essential things like going to the pharmacy to pick up medicine and to the supermarket to grab some groceries. Right now, it is all about protecting yourself, your loved ones, and everyone else as we try to ride out this storm. A major and necessary part of this is wearing protective face masks.

Many are making their own masks, while others are ordering them online. And so many creatives are doing hero’s work by creating masks that they are donating and/or selling to the masses. We are proud to say that several of these creatives are Latinx, answering the call to serve others and give back. Here are 15 such Latinx brands that have made cool face masks that you can get online. (Note: be sure to reach out to a brand if masks are sold out; many are restocking or will be soon.)

Martha of Miami

Martha of Miami makes stylish products that shout out Cuban/Latinx culture. Martha Valdes used that knowledge of Latinx pop culture to make face masks that are cute, funny, and nostalgic, featuring Vivaporu bottles, cafecito, and the phrase “Tapate La Boca.”

Available at marthaofmiami.com, $11-14

Hola Chola

Susanna Gonzalez of Hola Chola has also started making masks for protecting against COVID-19. These cool masks are emblazoned with La Virgen de Guadalupe and Old English font, on backgrounds including camouflage, and roses, which are totally in line with the brand’s OG chola aesthetic.

Available at holachola.com, $19-$23

Azteca Negra

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Hola Fam! We will be restocking our cotton masks in the shop this Thursday at 10 AM PST! 😷😷😷 AND we will be restocking the shop with new headwraps too! 🎉🎉 We are also still accepting requests on the website for FREE cotton masks for Healthcare and First Reponder folks. 🧡 You can help us support our frontline folks by donating 💰 or supplies to help us provide more free masks. 💙 We are now accepting bulk orders of masks. ❤ CLICK THE LINKTREE IN MY BIO TO FIND ALL OF THE LINKS. 💜💜💜 Please share and tag friends and family who may still need masks. 👉👉 Don't forget to turn on IG notifications or set an alarm for masks on Thursday. #AztecaNegra #MasksForHealthcare #SetYourAlarm #Masks

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Afro-Latinx brand Azteca Negra, created by Afro-Chicana Marisol Catchings, makes beautiful wraps, earrings, and art that offer both culture and a pop of color for your looks. It is giving back by making face masks (which will be restocked on April 16 at 10 PST) that come alive with geometric prints, Dia de los Muertos and Frida Kahlo-themed fabric, bold colors, and a dose of fun. In addition to those for sale, Azteca Negra is also providing free masks for healthcare workers and first responders.

Available at aztecanegra.com

Cha Cha Covers

You may know Cha Cha Covers for making dope nail covers with practically every pop culture photo you’d want on your nails. They’ve taken that got-to-have-it pizazz and put them into several stylish face masks, for both adults and kids.

Available at cha-cha-covers-2.myshopify.com

Sew Mexican

Steffanie Hernandez-Mendez of Sew Mexican is another Latinx creative who is using her talents to serve the community at large. She’s making fun masks that offer something for everyone–sports teams, cute prints, Latinx themes,

Available at instagram.com/sew_mexican/(DM for ordering information), $10

artsychicaboutique

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April 2nd Pre Orders are shipping today and tomorrow!!! New Pre Order will be Thursday April 16th! We're currently sewing 130 of April 9th Pre Orders/Donations this week! New patterns that will be available will be up in my stories today. And kid sizes too!! ******These are PRE ORDERS which means they are made to order. They will be made then shipped with in 2 weeks or less. They are Washable for re use. They are Cotton and have 3 layers-. A Top Layer, Extra infused Pellon Cotton Filter Center and Bottom Layer. Elastic Ear bands A percentage of each mask you buy goes into the cost our Donated Masks. You will get a Tracking number emailed once shipped. These are on a first come first serve basis. I am Sorry, I will NOT be accepting orders through DM or email. As always we appreciate you for supporting this small business in this time of uncertainty. Thanks for the love!

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Monica Esquilador is the Latina behind Artsy Chica Boutique. She is the creator of the 50 Star Serape Flag, and usually focuses on selling things like these flags, and other Latinx-themed artwork, accessories, clothing, and decor. But, given the current health climate, she has extended her work to include masks in fun and colorful prints.

Available at artsychicaboutique.bigcartel.com, $15

Gladis Alejandre-ART

Gladis Alejandre’s masks will make you smile, while repping your culture and showing off some style. The Latina behind Gladis Alejandre-ART uses the flair she uses to make decorated jean jackets, aprons, and more, and adds it to masks featuring everything from Frida Kahlo, to bandana print, to avocados, and calaveras.

Available at gladisalejandre.com, $7

Cafe con Yessi

Next on our list of Latinx-made face masks to buy are those by Cafe con Yessi. Made by Jessi V., these masks got you if you want a mask that showcases your love of beer, your affinity for bows, your support of your favorite sports team, or just a pretty print to make your stay-at-home outfits look more interesting. While looking at the masks, you can also stay and check out Cafe con Yessi’s pouches, earrings, concha badge reels, pins, coffee cups, and more on Etsy.

Available at instagram.com/shopcafeconyessi/ (DM for ordering information)

The Movement

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🎭 Masks to look extra in public.

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The Movement is a brand that encourages Latinx to “Preserve La Cultura.Discover Yourself.” The physical manifestation of this is wooden notebooks, hoodies and T-shirts, sunglasses, mugs, and more celebrating Aztec and Latinx culture, history, and identity. Now, the brand has extended their line to include affordable handmade masks available for preorder.

Available at themvtmbrand.com, $10

Mi LegaSi

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milegasi.com or link in bio👍 Thank you for your support! I have new mask inventory up 😷 shipments will go out Monday😀 First come first serve basis and no special requests. All masks are $10+ $4 Shipping contiguous US only. Women, Men, and Children 4-8years. Please note that masks for children under 3 years old are NOT recommended due to suffocation hazard. Let’s be safe but practice common sense. 😌 . . . #facemaskhomemade #facemaskfriday #facemask #facemasks #tapabocas #cubrebocas #shopfacemask #facemasktime #latinashop #shoplatinx #latinxshop #latinabusiness #latinabusinessowner #latinabusinesswoman #latinabusinessowners #latinxbusiness #latinxbusinesses #shosmall #supportlatinabusiness #supportsmallshops #eshop #eshopping #latinamoms #latinablogger #latinamom #latinamomblogger #creatingalegacy #milegasi

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Janny Perez is the jefa of MiLegaSi, and she’s adding to her legacy by taking charge and deciding to give back in this time of need. Her brand puts out The Latina Mom Legacy Podcast, several blogs, merchandise, book recommendations, printables, and more to help Latinx parents raise bilingual kids. It has now also dedicated itself to putting out several homemade masks to protect us from coronavirus.

Available at milegasi.com

My Yolotsin

My Yolotsin is a family-owned Latinx business that makes “handmade crafts and Mexican artesanias.” Recently, they have added face masks to the offerings, helping us stay safe and healthy. To order, My Yolotsin would like you to:

“reply to the story where the print of your choice is with the quantity. Payment is through Venmo. Shipping is Wednesday and possibly Friday. We don’t do custom orders.”

Available at instagram.com/myyolotsin/

Sleep, Never

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Somewhere between 2-300 masks since Sunday… My hands are beat (but getting to flex my production sewing speed, 💪) and my heart heavy to know so many on the frontline either don't have access to a mask or are having to reuse their N95 masks (and use these fabric masks on top of theirs to prolong the lifespan of their masks) because the planet is simply not prepared for this. Times are strange, sad, frustrating, scary…an entire pendulum of emotions but somehow focusing on simply making masks for those who need it has given me a sense of sanity and purpose. Please DM any mask orders you need for yourself or loved ones. They're on a pay what you can/want basis and on top of the ones I am making for direct order, I am donating countless others to locals on the frontline. Blessed to be a part of a local network of seamstresses/healthcare professionals that are running supplies back and forth between the store, the sewers, and the healthcare staff. On top of me offering my services though, I have to say… THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION. If you are a fellow clothing designer/tailor/seamstress, I hope and expect that you do your part as well. This is our time to step up and the priceless value and potentially life saving protection a simple fabric mask can offer shouldn't be questioned in making. Make them. Send them to your local hospitals, friends and family. This is a unique and fragile time in history and I hope every single person that knows how to sew is behind their machines doing their part right now. Please and thank you. 👏🙏. NOTE * These masks are NOT FDA approved and are being used as the last resort for healthcare workers, as an aid for prolonging N95 masks and as protection for those that have no other option. That said, there is research that suggests these masks are at least 50% effective at filtering the size of the Covid-19 pathogen, but social distancing and hyper vigilance with your hygiene are the best ways of trying to stay free of this virus.*

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Sleep, Never is a brand created by Latinx Aaron Torres, offering design and tailor services. It now also provides made-to-order, 2-ply 100% cotton masks, in two sizes for adults (medium and large), one one for kids, and a variety of color and print options. Curbside pickup is an option for those in the El Paso, Texas area.

Available at sleepneverlife.com, $10

Hot Sundae

Need a mask, and want one that shows off a bit of your personality, style, and/or culture? Hot Sundae has you covered. Some of the brand’s creations are two Virgen de Guadalupe masks, a blue and black velvet leopard print mask, and glam ones with sparkle or shine.

Available at shophotsundae.com

Kreativus

Karina Soto reps her Chicana culture through her brand, Kreativus. There, she makes “handmade Chicano-inspired clothing and accessories,” including pins made with Homies figures, Frida Kahlo embroidery art, Loteria makeup bags, tees, and more. Lately, Kreativus has also made several masks, including Chicanx-themed ones, that she sells through Instagram.

Available at instagram.com/kreativus_/ (DM for ordering information)

JLOVEKNITS

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Hey everyone, after much (very much) thought, consideration & research (which by now as a follower you may know I love to do). I have decided to listen the many DM’s I’ve received. As someone who works in the medical field, I like to base myself in facts and not fiction. I’m not here to sell you false hopes that by wearing a fabric mask you will be 100% safe and protected from COVID19, or any germs, bacteria and other infectious diseases. Fabric face masks are not FDA or CDC approved PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). But I have decided to make these because I have come to understand that in this time of fear and uncertainty we all have different ways in which may help us feel safe and protected. Many of you have reached out to state that you have sick loved ones at home who would benefit from a face mask. Many of my own family and friends have come to me and ask I make them some as well, for many different reasons. So again, after much thought, consideration and research I am here letting you all know that I am here for YOU. I will be accepting orders via DM, I will NOT be price gouging(you will pay cost of material), I’m not here trying to make a profit off of this pandemic and I will also be donating some to hospitals/health care facilities who are currently accepting fabric face masks. Thank you guys and remember the best way to avoid getting sick is by staying home to stay safe, only going out when absolutely necessary, and wash your manitas. xo- jay 💕

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JLOVEKNITS is all about “Latina made eco-friendly goods.” Right now, the brand is taking what they know and putting it into making masks for the masses, in a variety of cool colors and prints. It appears that JLOVEKNITS is currently updating their website, where you can order masks, most likely in preparation for their mask restock on April 20 at 12pm PST.

Available at jloveknits.com

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