When the possibility of creating masks came about, there were a few key elements that we needed to adhere to in order to make something that would be useful and provide value to our community. First and foremost was the level of protection it would provide. The masks are made up of four layers: the outer layer is a tight cotton poplin weave which provides the most resistance to particles. Two inner layers are made from a cotton gauze that has a natural resistance to absorption, whilst the inside of the mask is made from a black muslin, offering more filtration via its natural ability to trap moisture. WHO-approved, the masks come sealed in a plastic bag enabling sanitation and allowing it to be worn as soon as it is received. The ability to machine wash the masks ensures and allows for frequent use.
Once the foundations were set, we wanted to create a selection that could then slot seamlessly into everyday attire. At The Rake, we take pride in the big and small details of our everyday attire - and masks, should they become part of our life, need to be held in the same regard as any accessory we include in our outfit. It’s never easy adjusting to a new normal, but it’s important to embrace this situation and ensure we do our best to look after one another, and adapt to whatever this year continues to throw our way.