Masks with meaning

Face masks are the latest in must-have must-wear must-bear! Why not make the mask meaningful? Make it fun and fashionable too. Join the Twelve & Thirteen crew in their COVID community outreach.

Purchase a colourful cloth mask from one of these creative not-for-profit community endeavours. Together with Twelve & Thirteen, spread love not germs!

The Social Studio

The Melbourne-based outfit usually crafts garments but they’ve since redirected their manufacturing efforts towards producing DHHS-compliant reusable cloth face masks at cost price.

The masks are available in a wide range of colours. You’ll feel good about wearing one - even better knowing that your $$ is supporting the not-for-profit school and production studio.

Second Stitch

Second Stitch is a not-for-profit social enterprise that celebrates the unique skills, traditions and stories of refugees, migrants and people seeking asylum. Second Stitch generally produces clothes, accessories, homewares and novelty gifts, but has now added face masks to its portfolio. At just $18, the masks come in a range of colours and patterns.

The Social Outfit

Based in Newtown, Sydney, The Social Outfit provides refugee and migrant communities with employment opportunities in the fashion and textiles industry. Right now, the Outfit's talented production team is busy making masks in a range of feel-good fabrics. 

The masks are washable and reusable, with wire for comfy shaping around the nose. There's currently a 3-5 day wait on delivery, but each mask purchased provides employment to our sewing technicians from refugee backgrounds. Worth the wait.


If you’d like proceeds of purchase to go towards a meaningful cause (which you absolutely should), check out the range of washable, reusable face masks made by SisterWorks.

The Melbourne-based not-for-profit and social enterprise supports refugee and migrant women, as well as women seeking asylum in Australia, by connecting them with educational, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.

The not-for-profit’s online shop features a range of cool items such as hand-knitted beanies and bags, but for we’re here for the reusable face masks.

Alperstein Designs

Using some pretty amazing fabrics, Alperstein Designs have created a range of Australian made 100% cotton face masks featuring beautiful Aboriginal Artwork. There’s a filter pocket on the inside of the mask and, using the adjustable nose wire, you can ensure a close fit to your face. Elastic loops fit around your ears to hold the mask in place.

One size fits most. Royalties from all masks sold directly benefit the artists and their communities, too.

Ford Millinery

For every “Masks 4 Mates” face mask purchased, Ford Millinery will donate a mask to the Salvation Army.

Our incredible healthcare & essential grocery / delivery / social workers continue to put themselves at risk as they face uncertainty amidst a global shortage of medical grade face masks. As those vital masks become available, we support priority access to these angels and want to offer an alternative to folks who aren’t necessarily on the frontline. To lighten the load, to help keep Australians in work and to support your efforts to control this beast, we have created some eco-friendly fabric face masks in a variety of designs and colours as a small measure to reduce the spread.

Our washable & reusable fabric masks are in no way a replacement for the medical grade. Instead they are a fun, fashionable reminder to keep your hands away from your face and serve as an added precaution when you’re out for the essentials. They’re also a great cover to jazz-up a medical mask if you already have one! Our “Masks 4 Mates” are designed with love by our small team who want to help brighten your day- even by a shade or two. And in return, your purchase will provide employment for us (and hopefully open the door for others who have recently found themselves out of work). Why “Masks 4 Mates”? You. Us. Them.

Cotton On

In partnership with its Cotton On Foundation, the Aussie retailer is selling a number of masks with proceeds going towards empowering young people through education and access to healthcare, which has never felt more urgent. 

According to the brand, its masks are tested to a KN90 standard, which means they filter out at least 90 percent of airborne particles, including those of the coronavirus variety.

The Eco Mask

Made in Sydney, The Eco Mask offers a range of prints featuring a multiple-wear eco-friendly design that. Prices range from $15-$30

Stitched By Megan

Stitched by Megan began when the pandemic did. The one-woman initiative is run by an event manager who took to sewing masks to fill her time after COVID-19 shutdowns shook her industry to its core. Over the past few months, for every mask sold she’s been donating one to healthcare workers. Now, Megan is donating $5 from each mask sold to Food Bank Australia and The Smith Family Australia in a bid to spread love, not germs.

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