Over the past six weeks, we’ve sent out over 2,000 face masks, including N95 and surgical masks to healthcare heroes in Georgia, New York, Miami and California.
We also know that many of our existing customers, as well as people who follow us on social media, are keen to get hold of a face mask for themselves.
So now, HKT is starting to create stylish, bespoke face masks that retail from $25 and can be made from any suiting or shirting fabric we stock.
Although the masks are not FDA approved, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does state that cloth face coverings can slow down the spread of the coronavirus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
As always, please get in touch with Neil and the team to discuss our face masks or anything else; and please stay safe during these unprecedented times.
How we’ll make your face mask
Whatever fabric you choose, your masks will be triple ply (three layers of fabric) to help prevent the wearer from spreading and being exposed to airborne particles.
In addition, we will follow the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advice that cloth face coverings should:
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include 3 layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.
- Most importantly a Removable Filter option.
For more comprehensive protection, it is recommended that you also wear an FDA-approved face mask underneath your HKT face mask. However, it is critical that you do not overbuy such masks, as this may result in shortages for doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff on the frontline.
Your face masks options with HKT
When it comes to choosing a fabric for your bespoke face mask, we think you’ve probably got three options to go for:
- A standout mask made from a suiting or shirting fabric that you simply love and which reflects your taste and personality.
- A mask made from a suiting or shirting fabric that matches or complements another new purchase from HKT, for example, a new made-to-measure suit or custom made shirt.
- A mask made from a suiting or shirting fabric that matches or complements a garment you already have in your wardrobe, such as your favorite suit or tie.
Whatever option you go for – and you may go for more than one – we’re here to help you make the right choice.
Our shirting fabrics
We can show you and talk you through hundreds of exquisite shirting fabrics. These are produced by world-leading brands such as Loro Piana, Canclini, Thomas Mason and Albini, and they are available in more colours, patterns and textures than you can imagine.
To help inspire you, here are some of our favorite ideas for a shirting fabric face mask:
Perfect pinstripes – a mask made from a classic pinstripe material is the ideal accompaniment to a suit and tie look. It shows that you care about every aspect of your appearance, your own health, and the wellbeing of everyone you come into contact with.
Strong stripes and checks – if you want to stand out from the crowd, why not have your unique face mask created from a fabric from the new Thomas Mason shirting collection? We absolutely love the high-energy summer feel it has to it.
Sunshine colors – a bright orange or yellow face mask is a great way to add a pop of color and a touch of fun to your look. You could also team it up with a matching tie if you’re wearing a suit. But yellow and orange also works really with a more casual blue jeans outfit too.
Floral prints – after being stuck indoors for so long, it’s great to add some nature to your look. One way you could do this is by going for a floral print face mask. In particular, we’ve got some great prints by the Italian textile company Albini.
Our suiting fabrics
As with our shirting fabrics, we can talk you through hundreds of world-leading suiting fabrics, to help you find the perfect one for your custom face mask. These fabrics include superior cloths produced by historic textile merchants such as Scabal, Dormeuil, and Holland and Sherry.
To help inspire you, here are some of our favorite ideas for a suiting fabric face mask:
Go lightweight – given that the fabric you choose is going to sit next to your face and folded three times, we recommend that you select a suiting fabric that is particularly lightweight. Good options here are cotton, hemp, linen, and lightweight wools.
Houndstooth handsome – houndstooth is a classic suiting pattern that continues to be popular for both men and women, because it simply exudes a sense of style. It’s also a pattern that comes in many different shades and sizes, which means it can be easily paired with a favorite jacket, dress or even pair of shoes.
Hot summer colors – what better look to go for this summer than a new matching sports jacket and face mask. For 2020, we particularly like verdant greens, deep reds and oranges, and pastel pinks, blues and lemons.
50 shades of gray and more – there’s nothing that says business attire like gray. So if you’re looking for a smart, professional look, it’s definitely worth considering a face mask made from a gray suiting material. And the great thing is we have a wealth of shades and styles to choose from, so you achieve the perfect look.
How to order your custom face mask
From Monday, May 4, the HKT store reopened for appointments (no walk ins) and for limited hours. We are also only allowing one client in the store at one time.
You also have the option to purchase online here.
To schedule an appointment to discuss a custom face mask and anything else you may require, please call us on 770-458-8682 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, we are still offering virtual appointments and curbside pick-ups. This could be a perfect choice for a custom face mask, because we can easily talk through your needs, show you a range of fabrics and take any measurements we need virtually.