Black designers who are creating masks during the Covid 19 pandemic

As we continue to live through the global health pandemic, we are hearing daily about the lack of personal protective equipment, or PPE,  for doctors, nurses and other essential hospital staff.i

Essential workers are crying out for help, and state and local leaders are demanding answers from the federal government as the number of cases continues to grow at alarming rates.

As the average person stays at home to do their part to slow the spread of the virus, Black designers across the United States are answering the humanitarian call.

They are revving up their sewing machines, using innovation and lending a helping hand to create masks for the doctors and nurses working on the front lines.

While many designers are selling masks to the public to raise money for organizations that can provide medical-grade masks, others have created masks equipped with filers that can be used by medical workers.

Here are Six Black designers who are helping the cause.

Octavius Terry

Designer extraordinaire Octavius Terry’s face covering is so popular that it nearly sold out in two hours! Partial proceeds go to make a simpler version that will be donated to the less fortunate and front line essential workers!

Melanie Marie

Jewelry designer Melanie White has created adult and kids masks that come with two five-layer filters and a respirator. She also made a donation of masks to local hospitals in her area.

Duckie Confetti

The New York-based designer known for his bold creations and furs has made a mask donation to a hospital. He is also selling different masks with print designs to the general public for protection. They are made with two layers of breathable material.

Shop Sameriah Leah

Designer Samaria Leah — LL Cool J’s daughter, who owns vintage jean brand Shop Samaria Leah — is also lending a hand. Her masks are made from 100 percent cotton denim fabric, double-lined, washable and reusable. A portion of her sales will go to COVID-19 relief.

Warrior Apparel

Kellie Aguze, the owner of faith-based clothing brand Warrior Apparel, has developed a two-layer mask made from a breathable, moisture-absorbing, modal fabric blend. Each mask also has an encouraging statement printed on it. The masks are available on her website, and she has donated 500 masks to health care workers.


The sustainable luxury brand Lurelly, created by Jamaican designer Lurell M. in 2012, has dedicated its time and talents to create 100 percent, doubled-silk fabric masks. Proceeds from sales of the masks will go to Direct Relief (, a humanitarian aid organization providing personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health workers battling the virus.


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