Renowned local artist Justin Eagleton and founder of PR agency Roland Dransfield, Lisa Morton, have come together to launch a collection of face masks designed by Justin.
‘Maskchester’ masks feature Justin’s designs which are inspired by Manchester landmarks and its distinctive culture. A portion of sales from the initiative will be donated to Manchester MIND and the GM Mayor’s Charity – with an overall aim of putting the city at the forefront of mask wearing by promoting everything Manchester.
In this way, the duo behind the company believe that Maskchester masks ‘are made by Mancs, for Mancs, for the benefit of Mancs’.
Each face covering features bespoke designs that play homage to the city, including the Manchester skyline, famous faces and places that make up Manchester’s culture, a Factory Records-style mask, and masks showing support for both Manchester United and Manchester City.
Lisa Morton, CEO of Roland Dransfield, said: “Following the government announcement around the compulsory wearing of masks, we wanted to launch something that would benefit Mancunians as well as raising money for two hugely important organisations in Manchester.
“Working with Justin has enabled us to create some truly wonderful designs which embody the spirit of Manchester and what we’re all about here. It’s great to be founding Maskchester in partnership with Justin – I can’t think of anybody more suited to the job.”
Artist Justin Eagleton said: “I wanted to create something a little bit more exciting than the ordinary face masks, which would also have the added benefit of showing some Mancunian spirit.
“There has been a great deal of anti-mask rhetoric, so we wanted to do something slightly different that encouraged people to follow government guidance whilst supporting two hugely important charities that have done so much to support people across Manchester.
“We do things differently here in Manchester, and these designs show just what makes this city so great.”
Lisa added: “The support we have received from the Manchester public since launch has been great. We’re looking forward to evolving and will be releasing more designs in due course.”
A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity and Manchester MIND.
Masks are priced at £10 each and are manufactured locally in the UK.