Designer and entrepreneur Heather Payne has expanded her Emerging Heroes collection of luxury activewear to include a collection of face masks that are in keeping with her philosophy of mixing art and positive social impact through fashion.

The collection is produced using a wide range of photo real imagery that transform bland face masks into a platform for happiness and fun. The mouths of cats, puppies, tigers, lions and chimps allow the wearer to express their inner animal. Facial expressions such as smirks, smiles, lips and laughter can show the person’s attitude even though you can’t see their actual mouths.

“I want to make people feel free and create an uplifting sense of self in these challenging times,” Payne said. “The masks make the expression that people can’t express themselves. You can be a cat in the morning, a tiger in the day or a fox at night.” – Heather Payne

The masks are made of Dupont’s SILVADUR™, a moisture wicking anti-bacterial material that can be washed numerous times and not lose its effectiveness. Masks have adjustable sliders to fit any face and custom clips will be available so people don’t lose their masks. 10% of the proceeds go to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

As Payne describes it, “The mask collection is a natural extension of the spirit of Emerging Heroes. Walking down the street you can make ten friends; I look at it as a community of smiles. What better way to get through a day of wearing a mask. Plus you can make your kids into kittens, your husband into a lion.”

The masks are priced at $25 per single mask and discounts are available for orders of 5+ masks. Emerging Heroes also does custom prints for orders of 100 units or more, perfect for companies looking for branded masks or celebrations such as weddings in order to provide guests with personalized protection.

Emerging Heroes is produced in New York using a boutique factory and an all-female production staff. The collection is produced in small batches to ensure that each product meets  stringent guidelines to maintain a tight supply chain and a commitment to limiting waste. The factory is dedicated to the artistry of the brand and implements  the utmost diligence in executing designs. Careful attention is exercised to make sure every item is constructed to last.

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