Still searching for the perfect mask to wear while out in public? Epiphany Throws, a eco-friendly retail and wholesale supplier for Mardi Gras, has created sparkly and shiny masks from former parade rider costumes. The masks are made in New Orleans with upcycled cotton string.
"Before the Corona outbreak, we had planned to use the costumes to create other retail accessories, but quickly pivoted when we realized the urgent need for masks," co-founder Penn Iarocci told Adore. "Most people just throw their costumes away right after their parade, so we are hoping to give them a second life!"
The first masks were made in April by seamstresses across New Orleans from costumes acquired from friends and family of the co-founders. Epiphany Throws will gladly accept any old costumes and will give $5 to charity for the donation. They hope to have a donation drop-off location in the future.
For each mask sold, $5 will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank and Resident Wellness Initiative to help the immediate needs of our community. "Food and health, in particular healthcare workers, are the fundamental need of any community!"
The Mardi Gras masks can be purchased online and bulk orders are welcome. Doctors Mara Haseltine and Kate Holcomb of Pure Dermatology have been giving them out to patients as a perk, and Cure also bought masks in bulk and donated them to employees. "We hope to partner with other businesses, restaurants, and salons to help keep our community safe!"