March 21, 2020

Pitching in to make some masks

A person wearing a prototype TOM BIHN face mask.

UPDATE: We are now at capacity manufacturing simple, reusable, washable/dryable surgical-style face masks in our Seattle factory.

Please note: these are not medical-grade masks. We’re a backpack factory and we’re making masks instead of bags due to the shortage of surgical masks and other PPE (personal protective equipment) that our healthcare community is facing. 

The masks we are able to make are simple cotton surgical masks that can be washed, dried, and reused. They can be worn by those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or over N95s in an effort to extend their life. Make no mistake: what we’re making is not first rate medical equipment — but we do hope they will help in the situations in which their use is appropriate.  

All of this is evolving and changing very quickly. We’ll post updates as often as we can.

The mask below was patterned by Kaas as part of the "1 Million Masks" effort. If you're a manufacturer or home sewer and want to help make masks, please follow the link above. 

Surgical Mask / N95 "mask cover" for COVID-19 ~ Made in USA 


Ashley, RN, BSN - March 22, 2020

Hi! Love this idea. How does an N95 cover work? What I’m envisioning is basically I wear my N95, and then in addition use your cover over it to switch out the cover after use and save the N95? Thanks!

Blaine B. - March 22, 2020

This is awesome guys. I’ll help put the word out. Stay safe and healthy.

Ellen Eades - March 22, 2020

This is so great. You are a stellar example of a community-minded company. I enjoyed teaching self defense at your factory last year and am so proud of you for stepping up in this crisis! Shared your post to my FB feed as well — kudos!

Stacy Gross - March 22, 2020

This is incredible! I’m so proud of you and all of your staff for coming together and offering your services unselfishly. This is why I have purchased multiple bags from your over the years! What a beautiful thing! Keep up the good work and may you and your staff and families stay stay safe and healthy during this very trying time. 🙏🏼✌🏼❤️

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