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Living Wage Embroidered Black Optimist Face Mask – Made To Order – 1-2 week wait


Inspired and informed by the Antonio Gramsci quote, ‘Pessimism of intellect, optimism of will,’ Birdsong’s optimist masks encourage just that.

Be optimistic for a better future and support Birdsong’s seamstresses with living wage work. Double layered fitted mask with darts, using end of roll cotton and with elasticated loops that can be tied to fit the face.

No returns or exchanges of masks.

:zap:This product is made to order specially for you. It shall be made and shipped within 1-2 weeks from ordering.  :zap:



Fabric and Care

100% cotton, end of roll and reclaimed.

Hand Wash or wash on 30%. Do not tumble dry. Iron normally, do NOT iron elastic.


All masks are 20cm long with a 18cm long elastic.
These come in 1 size with longer elastic so you can tie yourself to fit perfectly.


Designed in house by Birdsong, then sewn and embroidered, ethically and locally by talented women paid a Living Wage in East London.

Postage and packaging is carried out by adults with learning disabilities in Kentish Town, and all orders will go out via Royal Mail First Class.   

Join Birdsong’s fight for a fairer, more ethical and inclusive fashion industry. 

They make sustainable clothing for women who dress in protest against fast fashion and its endless cycle of trends as well as the systematic abuse of garment workers. 

Birdsong refuses to work with factories who don’t pay or treat workers fairly. In fact, all the sewing, cutting and embroidery for their garments is done by local London charities and women’s groups paid a London Living Wage – from a knit and natter group in Enfield to seamstresses from a Tower Hamlets community project. 

By enlisting the services and talents of these groups, they help female artists, printmakers, seamstresses, painters and other makers who face barriers to employment find dignified and rewarding work. 

Among the Birdsong collection you’ll find everyday staples like sweatshirts, t-shirts and face masks in eye-catching colours and arty prints. Everything is made using sustainable materials like organic cotton, Tencel and scrap fabrics.

Orders from Birdsong are also thoughtfully packaged and not just because they use recycled packaging. They’re posted by Mail Out, an organisation that helps people with learning disabilities support with their wellbeing and apprenticeships in warehousing.