So far the Canadian government is recommending masks when you are going to be in a setting where you cannot be apart from other people by 2 meters. Since we started sewing masks in our Sherwood Park shop 3 weeks ago, we have sewn over 1000 masks. We have run into shortages on cotton, elastic and thread. Overcoming these obstacles was a challenge and we feel like the masks we are sewing now are even better than the masks we were sewing 3 weeks ago. We now have better elastic, better access to more sustainable fabric and plenty of thread.
This week we had our biggest change to date in that our masks are being sold online through our online mask store for non contact pickup at www.covid19.promoaddict.shop as well as being sold in now 3 locations of Mint Health and Drugs including 1 location in Calgary. When you buy the masks online at our shop it takes a day or 2 for us to get the order together so if you need a mask in a rush, please go to Mint to buy it, the price is the same at most locations.
Custom masks are proving to be growing in popularity, we had one manufacturer quote us 7 weeks production time for 250 masks (hence why we started sewing our own). We do have access to some wholesalers that can be faster than 7 weeks for custom logo’d masks or we can print them in house. We offer silk screening, full color sublimation and decaling on our masks as well.
We have seen samples of some really cool masks including some from one of our sock manufacturers where the mask is basically a sock that goes over your mouth, but because of that it is fully custom woven, it’s actually pretty awesome. It also only has a 50 piece minimum, we are going to call that a great mask for the fall, I think in the summer months people will appreciate our lightweight 10oz cotton masks because they are breathable and have lightweight elastic that won’t hurt your ears too much.
We are predicting that as the government moves from phase 1 reopening to phase 2 and then potentially back to phase 1 again there will be a surge in demand for masks, especially if the government requires them for going out in public like they have in some regions of the United States.