Fashionable Social Distancing

Photo by Mark staff. 

Nine Line Apparel mask modeled by Demi Elise.

It's said that adversity doesn't build character, it reveals it. When it comes to these mask makers, the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed an overwhelming resolve to help keep people safe.

photo by d. paul graham.

Loyalty or Nohing's Marquell White and Dominique Williams pose in their brand's masks.


In the dawning months of this past spring, the picture of what COVID would look like in America was becoming clearer. We’d seen it lay waste to China, then Italy and hoped beyond hope we could keep it at bay, but as March began it was clear the pandemic had arrived.

And with it came the confusion of the fog of war. Would we be safe to go outside? Would businesses be forced to close? When would it be safe to resume life as we knew it?

Many of those questions remained unanswered, but it has become clear that for the time being facemasks are a big part of the new normal. Part safety measure, part fashion statement these masks became not only a way to stay safe, but a way for concerned citizens to make a difference. As Mr. Rogers always said, look to the helpers. Check out the digital issue for amazing photos and to read about a few mask makers who call the South home.

Photography by david powel.


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Models Gisaura and Elizabeth Laporte pose for photographer Nelson Laporte in masks by designers Robin Greco and Deidra Marie.


"V" Tamara Fairchild poses for photographer D. Paul Graham in a mask designed by Jessica Pope.