Constantly wearing face masks has brought with it a whole host of new issues — particularly if you’re a frontline worker who wears a hijab over long shifts. Luckily, people are already coming up with solutions – like fashion startup brand Anywear. It has created headbands and medical caps with buttons that it says “can hold mask straps and ease pain and discomfort, particularly around the ears”.
Working with Allure, Anywear has collaborated with members of the beauty industry for a project called ‘Banding Together’. One of the co-designers is Halima Aden, the 22-year-old model and Unicef ambassador who has been blazing a trail for hijabi women in fashion. She has helped create a collection of face coverings, hijabs, and turbans — whose purpose is especially meaningful as she worked as a housekeeper in a hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota, before becoming a model.
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I’m very excited to be a part of the #BandingTogether project with @Allure and @AnywearDesign. When you purchase one of my limited-edition face covering and hijab sets, @AnywearDesign will donate an adjustable headband, hijab set or medical hat to a doctor, nurse, or health care professional working tirelessly on the front line. Tap the link in my bio or swipe up in my story to learn more about this special cause.
Aden says she chose soft and tranquil colors for her collection to help “bring a feeling of peace”. For every product bought, the brand will donate a headband or medical cap with buttons to a hospital in need. Anywear co-creator Emily Shippee says, “We hope to bring these into the hands of many hijabi frontline workers so they can comfortably wear their medical masks,” she says. The fabric is organic, and Shippee says it can be used to cover the masks many frontline workers are unfortunately having to reuse due to shortages, adding, “Since the cloth mask is washable, it fits perfectly as a barrier to protect the reused medical mask as well, and connects comfortably and securely behind the head.”
Being inclusive is a “main pillar of our values as a brand”, says Shippee. “Now more than ever, inclusivity should no longer even be a topic of discussion, it is an important and essential aspect of every business in order to have success or mean anything in this world. All of the items are made to order because we are striving to eliminate textile waste in the industry, which contributes to climate change.”
Other than Aden, Anywear has also collaborated with giants in the beauty industry like hairstylist Chris McMillan and nail artist Mei Kawajiri.