Tomorrow sees the first day of Phase Two of Singapore’s post-Circuit Breaker reopening. Even as we rejoice that we can once again meet up with friends and family, albeit only in groups of up to five at a time, it’s even more crucial that we don’t let our guard — or masks — down. In fact, going out more means more reason to stock up on extra reusable face masks for kids and adults. Matching ones for the whole family? Kawaii! #supportlocal
But first, a quick reminder: Masking up at all times is still mandatory when you’re outside your own home. First-time offenders risk a $300 fine if caught without a mask. Only babies under two years are exempt. Enforcement will be flexible for those with difficulty wearing masks. These include children with special needs or adults with medical conditions in which wearing a mask may result in breathing difficulties. They may wear face shields instead.
Stylish Reusable Face Masks for Kids and Adults
:: New! :: Copper Line Masks
Breaking news: The Copper Line Mask has just been verified by the Jeonbuk National University in South Korea, the biggest microbiology research institute in Asia, as the first and only face mask in the world to kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the COVID-19 disease. This is thanks to its patented ionised copper three-layer yarn knitted fabric, which actively eliminates bacteria and viruses. If that’s not a reason to get one, how about the fact that this sleek mask is also one of the most wearable in the market? Its ergonomic, three-dimensional shape reduces pressure on the ears, while an Air-Zone within provides maximum breathability. Furthermore, it’s also great for those with sensitive skins, as it reduces acne build-up and allergic skin reactions. Getting one for the kid? The XS size fits little ones aged 3 to 8 years.
You may know them for mother-and-child twinning Peranakan- and Kimono-inspired outfits that are CNY bestsellers. Now the two mumpreneurs behind Ans.ein have released matching reusable face masks for kids and adults too. We think the batik ones are gorgeous, but solid colours and denim shades are also available. Masks come in four sizes — for gentlemen, ladies, big kids and small kids. By supporting Ans.ein, you’ll be contributing towards their Everyday Heroes project to distribute masks to our frontline workers.
Child masks from $5
Adult masks from $7
Get it at www.ans-ein.com
2. Le Petit Society
Founded by a Singaporean couple looking for comfortable yet stylish garments for their kids, Le Petit Society is another go-to for matching family outfits. And now, matching reusable face masks for kids and adults too! From simple gingham checks to sweet animal prints, designs are available in four sizes. Note that you can only get them via pre-orders, with the next drop estimated for early to mid-July.
Child masks $10
Adult masks $10
Get it at www.lepetitsociety.com
3. Elizabeth Little
Based in Singapore, Elizabeth Little produces its signature collection locally using organic cotton, fine Japanese linen, and heritage Liberty prints. They’re known for playful yet timeless outfits and accessories for the whole family. Joining the collection are face masks with Liberty prints and cheerful stripes for kids, tweens, and adults. Every mask sold gifts another mask to a child from a vulnerable family.
Child masks from $18
Adult masks from $18
Get it at www.elizabethlittle.co
4. Maison Q
The local reversible kids wear specialist has launched a new in-house initiative called Masks for Good. When you buy a mask, you are helping to keep Indonesian artisans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic employed. Maison Q is also donating 20 per cent of the proceeds to Babes’ Happy Stork Programme, which helps pregnant teens from low-income families. We love the Wild Thing design (above), don’t you?
Child masks $16
Adult masks $18
Get it at www.maison-q.com
Ifeoma is a cancer research scientist of Nigerian descent who now lives in Singapore. When she couldn’t find African fabrics for her wedding gown here, she started making her own dresses…and OliveAnkara was born. The vibrant prints used in her collections can now adorn our faces too. OliveAnkara is also donating 10 per cent of sale proceeds to local charities helping migrant workers and Singaporeans in need.
Child masks $19
Adult masks $19
Get it at www.oliveankara.com
6. Sea Apple
This homegrown kids fashion designer is cleverly upcycling past season fabrics into reusable face masks for kids and adults. This means you and your kids might even find masks that match existing outfits! 20 per cent of proceeds from the sale of the current batch of masks will go towards The Courage Fund. While ready stocks have already been snapped up, they are now taking pre-orders. Don’t miss out!
Child masks $10
Adult masks $10
Get it at www.seaappleshop.com
7. Binary Style
This local boutique brand founded by twin sisters proudly offers scarves and accessories that tell the Singapore story. Its collection of over 60 designs highlight local history, culture, urban life, and nature. Cheerful reusable face masks for kids and adults also feature such original prints. Binary Style is donating 20 per cent of mask sales towards COVID-19 relief, migrant workers, and animal welfare charities.
Child masks $15
Adult masks $15
Get it at www.binarystyle.co
8. CYC Made to Measure
Heritage tailors CYC Made to Measure is also making masks with the same attention to detail regulars appreciate. Each comes with a washable N95 hydrophobic filter, and is made with premium cotton fabric from renowned shirting mills. Choose from a wide range, or let the Colour Surprise series choose for you. Get a 20 per cent discount on the Colour Surprise series when you purchase at least eight pieces — you can combine kids’, small and large adult sizes). Now you can proudly say that you share a tailor with our founding father, the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew!
Child masks from $16
Adult masks from $16
Get it at store.cyctailor.com
9. The Everyday Club
Doing its part to support sustainability, The Everyday Club sells tote bags handmade in Singapore. They also have adorable cup holders to replace the plastic slings your tabao kopi comes with. And super cute masks, of course! Options include materials from water-repellent polyester blend to premium Japanese cotton. Apart from standard kids and adult sizes, an XL size is also in the works. Follow The Everyday Club on Instagram to get updates when new collections drop — fastest fingers first!
Child masks from $10.50
Adult masks from $11
Get it at www.theeverydayclub.sg
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10. Independent Market
Independent Market started as a curation of stalls in an annual Christmas pop-up at VivoCity. Its presence now extends to brick-and-mortar and online stores, but remains the place to find quintessential Singaporean goods. Knowing that we’ll need more face masks as schools and offices reopen, they’ve put together sets of two to ten masks for kids and adults across five sizes. Made in Singapore (at its Uyii studio), the designs are really fun too.
Child masks from $32 (set of 4)
Adult masks from $32 (set of 4)
Get it at www.independentmarket.sg
Founded in 2004 by Singapore-based designer Linda Lye, Littleoddforest is most popular with kids and free-spirited adults. The whimsy it is known for has been put into a range of reusable face masks for kids and adults. Choose from brightly coloured Japanese-inspired Daruma Dolls and Vintage Kawaii Wonderland prints. Or have fun pretending to be a Kitty Cat, Kooky Koala, or Bunny Rabbit!
Child masks $22.90
Adult masks $24.90
Get it at www.littleoddforest.com
12. Marvelous Works
Social enterprise Marvelous Works helps empower women from disadvantaged families by turning them into independent career artisans. Support them by purchasing reusable face masks. Masks for kids come in the 3D shape, while adults can choose from 3D, Boat, and Pleated styles. They are also available in two sizes for kids and two sizes for adults. From superheroes and cartoons to florals and abstracts, there’s a design or two for everyone.
Child masks $10
Adult masks from $12
Get it at www.marvelousworks.sg
13. Sandra Macheroux Photography
Professional street photographer Sandra Macheroux usually reproduces her shots of Singapore scenes onto merchandise such as tea towels and coasters. Her latest product? Why, the now ubiquitous reusable face mask, of course. Available in three sizes for kids, teenagers, and adults, each has a water-repellent outer layer and organic cotton inner layer. We really like the ones featuring Peranakan tiles and shophouses!
Child masks $21
Adult masks $25
Get it at www.macheroux.photography
14. The Cotton Shoppe
The Cotton Shoppe specialises in Japanese fabrics and one-of-a-kind gifts, such as personalised baby blankets and plushies. Its gorgeous range of fabrics has also been turned into one-of-a-kind reusable face masks for kids and adults. You can top up $2 to add a metal nose strip to these masks that are handmade upon order here in Singapore.
Child masks from $14
Adult masks from $14
Get it at linktr.ee/the_cotton_shoppe
Everyday Reusable Face Masks for Kids and Adults
15. 1929 Mask
These masks may look pretty basic, but they’re treated with antimicrobial and water-repellent agents that last for 100 washes. When Singaporean dad Keenon Lee realised that surgical masks were in short supply as the COVID-19 situation escalated, he decided to do something about it. And 1929 Mask was born. The masks come in Navy Blue and Black, in Adult, Petite, and Kids sizes. Get them in bundles of two or five at discounted prices. To top it off, for every two masks you purchase, 1929 Mask donates a mask to someone in need.
Child masks from $25
Adult masks from $25
Get it at www.1929mask.com
16. LOVE SG
Face masks for LOVE SG are described as having been“injected with a good dose of local pride”. And it shows! Choose from three designs for adults — the minimalist #SGUnited, box logo style #SGUnited, and #StayStrong. ‘Nuff said. For the offspring, the Lion City Kids’ Face Mask comes in black, navy blue and pastel pink. Every mask purchased sees another one being donated to Masks Sewn With Love or Migrant Workers’ Centre.
Child masks $9.90
Adult masks $9.90
Get it at www.lovesg.sg
The Singapore-based online baby apparel store has launched WOW by OETEO Anti-bacterial Fabric Mask. They come in boxes of 10 pieces each, and offer antibacterial properties that last up to 30 washes. Available in three sizes for tots, kids, and adults, the masks come in soft white cotton for utter comfort. They’re also super affordable, and are a great option for everyday wear.
Child masks $12.90
Adult masks $12.90
Get it at www.oeteo.co
Made in Singapore, ShieldMask+ is crafted with four layers. The special moisture-wicking fabric outer layer and the soft inner layer sandwich two protective films within. Even so, it’s highly breathable and its adjustable straps help to ensure a good fit. They come in black and white for both adults and kids sizes. Currently on sale, stocks are running out, so do hurry!
Child masks $18
Adult masks $18
Get it at www.shieldmaskplus.com
Remember the free ULTRAMasks you collected during the third nationwide mask collection exercise from 26 May to 14 June? They were made by local apparel manufacturer, Ghim Li Group, in collaboration with NTU. They’ve since been busy working on ULTRAMasks specifically designed for kids. Get them in an economical five-piece pack in three sizes for kids, comprising assorted colours. The standard adult size comes in single or five-piece pack options, but only in black.
Child masks from $29.90 for a five-piece pack
Adult masks from $9.90 each
Get it at www.lazada.sg/ultra-mask
Plus Where to Get Face Shields
If you’re looking for face shields as additional protection for your little ones, head to Minitotz. Made in Korea, these lightweight face shields have an anti-fog treatment and adjustable headband. A soft sponge buffers the forehead to absorb perspiration and minimise pressure, which is particularly great for preschoolers. Minitotz also has Premium 5-Layers Nano Filter Reusable Face Masks across four sizes in basic black.
Masks from $19.90
Face shields from $6.90
Get it at www.minitotz.com
21. Oh Happy Fry
Looking to get protection from both the sun and the virus? Then go with the Kids Bucket Hat or Sun Hat with Detachable Shield from Oh Happy Fry. Made in Korea, they come in various colours and adult size too. Best of all, the hats remain useful even when we no longer need the protective face shields — fingers crossed! Oh Happy Fry also retails a lovely range of reusable face masks for kids and adults worth checking out.
Masks from $7.50
Face shields from $39.90
Get it at www.ohhappyfry.com
22. Shop MonBébé
And check out the gorgeous range of 2-in-1 Protective Sunhat with Shield from MonBébé. The floral ones are super sweet for mum-and-bub twinning. Baby shark prints with a detachable shield, and solid colours are also available. There are four sizes, which fit a wide range of sizes, from your one-year-old to XL-size Papa! We also love their masks for the whole family, including the Cartoon Characters Embroidery Editions.
Masks from $9.90
Face shields $39.90
Get it at www.shopmonbebe.com
We couldn’t leave out the biggest mask news of the week. Yes, everyone’s favourite Japanese fashion retailer will be launching their much-anticipated Airism face masks in Japan tomorrow, 19 June. Which means it shouldn’t be long before we see them in Uniqlo stores here too. While only available in white so far, the breathable Airism material will be a godsend here in tropical Singapore. Stay tuned for updates!
Update: Uniqlo Singapore has announced that the Airism masks will be launched in-store and online on 24 August. Available in both black and white in S, M, and L sizes, they will retail at $14.90 for a pack of three.
DIY Face Masks for Kids and Adults
While waiting, consider upcycling materials around the house to make your own reusable fabric face masks for kids and adults. It’s a fun craft project that you can do with the kids. Best of all, they’ll be proud and happy to wear masks that they made themselves! The following video tutorials show how easy it can be:
It can be tough to get children to comply with the mask-wearing rules, we know. Hopefully these kid-friendly face masks make it more fun for little ones and easier on parents. Finally, given the constantly changing situation, do stay updated on the latest rules and regulations at www.gov.sg. Stay safe and mask up, Singapore!
Header & featured images: Elizabeth Little