Just as there’s been a mad rush to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers, many companies moved at record speed to produce and/or promote designer PPE for the public. While we certainly question whether MAGA mask producers really know their audience, the call for more PPE has inspired everyone from furniture designers to event companies to put their creative spins on stylish protection. Here’s some of the most bad-ass PPE on the planet right now.
TR1 Tactical Respirator
Let’s face it, the coronavirus isn’t the only risk associated with equality protests — especially when riot police will smash a violin vigil for an unarmed black violinist killed by their buddies in blue — so protesters need a mask that’ll also help protect against pepper spray and nightsticks. Project Black’s TR1 does just that. Compatible with both helmets and protective eyewear, this tactical respirator features an electrostatic filter that’s effective for up to 40 hours and a hard-shell exterior with a medical-grade silicone seal. The TR1 was designed for use by the police and military, so it’s ideal protection for anyone planning to protest in Jacksonville next month. The TR1 is available here for $80.
You don’t have to be a Karen to be tired of all the social distancing rules. Production Club, however, may have found a way to ditch the rules and party like a cosmonaut. The creative studio and event company recently went viral for its Micrashell suits featuring LED lights, cameras, internal speakers, N95 air filtration, wireless voice communication and disposable canisters for vaping and drinking. Production Club says the drink canisters help people avoid sinister roofies and long drink lines, and the top-only design apparently means you don’t have to take the whole thing off for bathroom breaks. The hazmat-like suit will be powered by two lithium-ion battery systems and controlled by a fully-integrated smartphone app. The operative words here are “will be” because the first prototype is still in the works. When it does hit the production line, the world of sports, music and Trader Joe’s might never be the same again.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the coronavirus is primarily passed from person to person, and possibly less so from surfaces, but gloves offer an additional level of protection for anyone spending considerable amounts of time in public spaces. For those hoping to avoid the medical professional look, Off-White has two options worth considering. The first pair features the arrows logo in white on a primarily black glove made with knit stretch nylon available here for $99. The second pair features a brand logo patch on polyester (82 percent) and spandex/elastane (18 percent) gloves in blue and black tones that’s available here for $130.
Love Dirty Hand Sanitizer
Everyone needs hand sanitizer, but most brands smell like a mix of cheap tequila and BO. If you don’t like being single in quarantine, it’s crucial to find a fragrant sanitizer that still deep cleans. Love Dirty does the trick and more. We know what you’re thinking — Love Dirty sounds like something you’d use to sanitize strip clubs and porn theaters — but it’s actually a vegan-friendly, cruelty-free sanitizer made with ingredients like sugar beets, chicory root, avocado oil and cloudberry. In addition to killing germs, this nutrient-rich sanitizer features natural prebiotics and antioxidants that strive to balance the body’s microbiome. This means more good bacteria, less bad bacteria, packed in a bad-ass Glamshell dispenser that easily fits into your pocket or purse. The refillable Glamshell is available preloaded here for $12.50 (find three-pack refills here for $16.50), while a large Air-Free Eco Pump dispenser runs $48 here for at-home use.
Stephen Kenn Single Cord Mask
For those who find the TR1 masks a bit too Purge-y, check out these new single-cord masks by Stephen Kenn. The Edmonton-born, Los Angeles-based furniture designer introduced military-style masks in the early days of the pandemic, and he is now taking pre-orders for his newest handmade masks set to drop in mid-July. The single-cord masks are made with two layers of thick cotton canvas and two layers of filter material, and the adjustable wire and cord lock allow for comfortable and secure fits. With each mask purchased, the studio will send you a free bottle of hand sanitizer and donate a mask to a person working in a high-risk environment. The single-chord masks come in two color options, black and olive green, available here for $28.
Canadian brand Arc’teryx is named after an extinct bird-like dinosaur, so there’s something decidedly bad ass about wearing their gloves during a global pandemic. The black Veilance Venta gloves are windproof, water-repellent and breathable with seam-free fingertips available here for $68. You can also go straight to the source for light, form-fitting Rho gloves in black or blue and Gothic gloves made with natural fibers in black, blue or reddish-brown, each priced at $39. All three options are touchscreen compatible, meaning you don’t have to take off the gloves to use your smartphone.
Touchland Hand Sanitizer
Started 10 years ago in Barcelona, this female-led company formulated an artisan hand sanitizer consciously made with fierce germ killers, lush lubricants, antimicrobial protection and natural ingredients like aloe vera, radish root and essential lime and lemon oils. Each colorful Touchland container includes more than 500 hydrating fine-mist spritzes that absorb easily into the skin without feeling sticky. These cruelty-free vegan sanitizers come in several lightly fragranced scents, including watermelon, vanilla cinnamon and forest berry, and single units run $12 here.
Looking toward the future, the world’s first UV-powered transparent mask is already a hit ahead of its market debut. The robust mask is made with optical-grade silicone rubber, and whereas most masks use cloth filters, LEAF utilizies recyclable HEPA filters that block up to 99.99997 percent 0.3 micron particles. Self-described as “aerospace tech that you can wear,” these light-weight masks are set to be produced in Detroit, and discounted pricing ($25 to $30) is available now for those who pre-order here. If you pre-order a special Project Red mask for $50, the company will donate five LEAF Globe low-cost reusable masks.