We're mask makers on a just mission to make fashionable, adjustable and comfortable fabric face masks affordable to all.
When the COVID-19 Pandemic began, like most folks, I wanted to make sure my family was protected. I went online to buy face masks and was surprised at how expensive they were. As a textile designer, I know a thing or two about pricing and I just couldn't figure out the $10-plus price tag for a single mask!! So, there I was, like many Americans, stuck at home without work, glued to the news watching case numbers skyrocket alongside the jobless rate. I knew I had to do something.
Understanding the growing importance of wearing a fabric face mask, I started on a just mission to create a great quality, fashionable mask that is affordable. I reached out to a colleague in Pakistan, a country known for its 100 percent cotton textiles, and started testing samples. Unfortunately, none of them were right. They were either too big or too small. I also wanted to make a mask that could stay on: no more one-ear hang or chin gaiter! Determined to create a just-right, one-size mask, I started using an adjustable button-hole elastic to make a-just mask, and now hold a provisional patent for it.
A-just masks comply with CDC standards for fabric face masks. Our designs are stylish 100% cotton two-layer masks with filter pockets – and honoring our mission – extremely affordable, starting at a discounted $7.99 for a set of 3 fabric face covers.
Making an affordable mask is only part of our story. To carry out our just mission, we'll be supporting organizations helping women and children, something close to my heart as a mom and care provider. The first organization selected is Family Promise, a nonprofit working to help families experiencing or at risk of homelessness reclaim their independence.
Also, upon final quality inspection, masks that do not meet our exacting design standards will be made available for donation locally in our home state of NY.
We hope our customers will join us. We want to involve our community and will be enlisting it to help guide us in making our charitable selections. So please, follow us on social media and post to #ajustmask or sign up for our newsletter and website.
We're just getting started. There are other products that we're working on to make it easier for us to protect ourselves and others. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please reach out to us on social media or send us an email at email@example.com.
MARCI COHEN (she/her)