Here are some of the Brighton-based places to buy fashionable reusable face masks

Now you can look the part down the bread aisle

With Boris announcing a national lockdown for November, looking the part for your essential shopping trips with a fashionable reusable face mask is a must. Who knows, you might meet the love of your life in the Sainsbury bread aisle.

With face masks being mandatory in stores, public transport, restaurants and pretty much everywhere inside, the face covering is the new accessory. If you’re looking to boost Brighton’s economy and support some local businesses when shopping for a fashionable eco friendly mask, look no further.

1. Leftover threads

Leftover Threads was born out of frustration with the unethically mass produced and disposable, combined with the desire to create original, unique pieces that are sustainable and stylish. Created by Sibel Lagerdahl, Leftover threads has teamed up with Magpie Recycling Cooperative, where most materials are sourced. You can buy both children’s and adult face masks, as well as filters. £1.50 from each sale goes to charity.

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2. Greshamblake

Gresham and his wife, Fal, launched the Gresham Blake brand in Brighton in 2000. Since then, Gresham’s eye-catching creations for high profile clients including Ray Winstone, Steve Coogan, Jimmy Page, Plan B and Norman Cook (a.k.a. FatBoy Slim) have brought him fashion industry recognition, and an ever-growing army of customers attracted by his signature combination of quality garments with a quirky twist. In the times of corona, Gresham has created a range of eco friendly fashionable face masks.

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3. Get Cutie

Get Cutie, located in the North Laine, produce fabulous print dresses with the look and charm of retro-inspired timeless classics with a nod to vintage styling, spanning influences from the 1940’s -1970’s, and have more recently starting making face masks. “We are fiercely proud of our UK manufacturing record as all garments are made right here on the South Coast, no sweatshops, no unethical trading standards.” They have a wide range of masks, including a funky David Bowie print.

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4. Beretun Designs

Beretun Designs in an independent boutique specialising in fabulous frocks and accessories. Designed and made in house, or sourced from other small UK suppliers, they try, wherever possible, to buy British and fill the shop with beautifully made items from dresses to handbags, all are as quirky and as individual as you are. They have also started selling 100 per cent cotton face masks in lots of prints.

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5. Gobbolino

Gobbolino sells t-shirts, mini top hats, backpacks, fascinating fascinators, fawn crowns, fairy wings and headbands adorned with shells, sparkle and magic for landlocked mermaids, and more recently face masks.

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Still looking for the perfect face covering? Artist Open House has a list of more places to buy. With another lockdown looming, let’s look fashionable and be good to the environment at the same time. Remember ‘hands, face, space’ and to check in on one another during this tough time.