July 10, 2020
- There are scary masks, beautiful masks, and even educational masks.
- There are multiple sites that cater specifically to businesses, allowing you to use face masks as a promotional item.
We’ve all heard that necessity is the mother of invention. When speaking of masks, the coronavirus did not cause their invention, but it has played a big part in inspiring their evolution into the realm of fashion. While on one end of the spectrum, we still have those who flat-out refuse to participate in contributing to the safety of others, at the opposite end, we find those who are definitely making the best of an unfortunate situation.
A brief trip around the internet reveals an amazing array of styles and designs. There are scary masks, suitable for Halloween, such as skeleton jaws, and fangs. There are beautiful masks, with lace and beadwork, proving that one can contribute to the communal good and look amazing doing so. There are even educational masks, so if someone briefly steps too close, they will learn a little something about the periodic table of elements. While this bounty of creativity is focused on washable multi-use masks, it is possible to find the disposable versions in a variety of colors, including purple, pink, yellow, and blue.
For business owners this is great news. Finding some fun and style in something that some view as a necessary evil, and some still view as unnecessary, is a great way to encourage everyone to participate without resentment. There are multiple sites that cater specifically to businesses, allowing you to use face masks as a promotional item.
Employees can display your logo while at work, and if you are a business that has decided to keep some spares on hand for customers that for whatever reason don’t have their own, they can still patronize your business safely, and walk out sporting your logo. For businesses that include keepsakes of some sort as part of their experience, why not incorporate a fun mask with your logo, or perhaps an appropriate motto?
Keeping a small stock of masks emblazoned with your logo on hand to sell is also a great option. And definitely explore the different styles, and keep a variety on hand. There are many differences, some hook behind the ears (with or without adjustable loops, and I would highly recommend with) some tie, and some are neck gaiters. The ever-popular bandana style face covering is also an option, although some are concerned that the fitting at the bottom is not sufficient.
Although most venue operators won’t have time to DIY masks for staff or to sell, Pinterest can help with inspiration. There are a lot of sites and brands to choose from, including one called Bayside. I’m currently dealing with the disappointment of discovering that they were not selling masks related to Saved by the Bell.
We have not tested any of these items ourselves, but if we do, you’ll be the first to know. In the meantime, if you have a recommendation, please share.
Stay safe, all.