BALTIMORE (WJZ) — When an area group of entrepreneurs in Hampden noticed enterprise dwindling in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, they determined to band collectively and create some very particular face masks.
Every sew in these face masks have a little bit little bit of Charm City love sewn proper in.
“At the start of the COVID disaster, we determined that three small native firms had been going to pivot and we had been gonna begin making masks,” Jill Andrews, Owner of Jill Andrews Gowns, mentioned.
They’re created in Hampden by Andrews — who’s a marriage robe designer — Words with Boards and shaving firm house owners — all who had much more time on their fingers when the pandemic started.
“All of our enterprise was completely annihilated by the COVID disaster, however we additionally noticed this large want for masks for everyone,” Andrews mentioned.
They’re made with 100 p.c natural cotton, with out dangerous chemical compounds utilized in different materials, with particular filters built-in and a few very distinctive designs from each native and high-end trend designers
“We have a Gucci and we even have some Dolce & Gabbana that actually was form of enjoyable,” Andrews mentioned.
The masks have been offered online all around the nation over the previous a number of months and have been rated as a few of the best in a Duke University research.
They’ve additionally employed many who discovered themselves out of labor earlier this yr.
“We simply had this complete community, about 45 house sewers, they usually informed us they might’ve been out of labor. So this was a method for them to make money and be at house and be protected,” Kim Strassner, of Words with Boards, mentioned.
The native enterprise house owners mentioned it’s a great way to remain afloat and hold Marylanders trendy and protected amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re protecting all people else protected round us, however it’s additionally we get to precise our persona,” Andrews mentioned.