Hello to our pussy bow necktie community!
As of April 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are recommending that people cover their nose and mouth when they go outside to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.
We have received several inquiries as to whether or not our pussy bow neckties could be used as a mask to protect against COVID-19.
Unfortunately, we believe the answer is no.
Prior to the CDC's recommendation, we did spend time playing with different ways to tie our neckties to cover both the nose and mouth with it layered on the face. And as much as we would love for our neckties to be able to protect its owner, silk is not the recommended fabric by the CDC.
You can find more information here as well as steps to create a face covering at home. There is also a helpful video to walk you through a non-sew DIY face covering.
Below is the two of us experimenting on ways to create a face covering from our neckties.
We have discussed moving our production from neckties to face coverings, but unfortunately, we produce in New York City, the epicenter for COVID-19 cases in the United States and our partners are also being hit hard during this time. We have also toyed with the idea of sewing some in house, but we are just not able to find time to produce these on our own, in addition to balancing work, family, and remote learning with our kids. Unfortunately, we are not able to make face coverings right now, but we never say never...especially if these become a regular part of our wardrobe for an extended period of time.
However - others are doing it well right now.
If you don't want to take the steps to create your own. There are several small fashion businesses that have been able to transition their production to face coverings.
As you know, andieanderin has roots in both Seattle and New York and our friend, Sydney Mintle from Gossip & Glamour, pulled together a list of local Seattle designers who have shifted their production to sew masks. You can see the full list on her website.
The stylish mask at the top of this post is by Portland designer Sarah Donofrio of One Imaginary Girl and features a fashion illustration printed on silk. The cotton liner is a unique print from Liberty London. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this mask will benefit Rose Haven PDX. The One Imaginary Girl collection also features other face mask styles.
Lastly, we can't end this post without highlighting how inspiring it is to see some New York fashion houses like Christian Siriano and Naeem Khan step up to produce thousand of face masks - even before the CDC recommended them for all.
It is too soon to know, but the unfortunate reality may be that face coverings are a regular part of our wardrobe for the months to come. We hope you can find what works for you.
Stay healthy and safe.
Cara and Lisa
Below is the written guidance from the CDC regarding the recommendation of face coverings and to continue to keep a 6 foot distance from people when you leave your home.
CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.
CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.