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Badass face mask raise cash for LA food banks

Designer Michael Ngo usually makes looks for people like Arianna Grande or Maren Morris, but last month he had to put everything on hold, just like the rest of us.  But that didn’t last long. He had a brilliant idea to raise money by filling a need for masks and they are OUTRAGEOUS!  I’m in love.

The accessories are available on his website at prices ranging from $45 to $500, with 100% of net proceeds benefiting the Los Angeles Food Bank, which provides meals to lower-income communities.

Ngo decided to design the masks, which are decorated with everything from sparkling crystals to punk-inspired zippers and chains, after organizing his fabric collection and realizing he had the necessary tools.

“I’ve just gathered all these fabrics just in case I needed to make a duplicate or something like that, so I had a whole stockpile of fabric.”

“And then when the lockdown happened I was like, ‘Oh, crap. I can’t believe this. What can I do?’ I want to make masks and donate to hospitals and organizations near me.”

“In two weeks we raised $12,500, providing 50,000 meals for the LA Food Bank,” he told us. “The results inspired me to continue with the project, which was originally planned as a two-week fundraiser.”