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Forget fancy designs. This Seattle startup will put your beautiful face on your mask

By Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times on

Published in Fashion Daily News

SEATTLE — These days when we tell our friends we miss their faces, we really mean it.

It was interesting to see masks highlighting causes, cute fabrics and novel constructions, but we're over that, aren't we? Don't we just wish for an old-fashioned smile?

That, along with the desire to make people want to wear masks, is what motivated the folks at Friendly Face in West Seattle to figure how to create reusable, realistic masks using selfies taken with existing camera depth sensors.


We were frustrated by not being able to see people's faces in public spaces, the mask creators write. "We wanted to bring levity, empathy and safety to the new reality we live in."

The masks and gaiters are $29 each and include a laundry bag, ear saver, cord locks and two charcoal filters.

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