“Firing on all cylinders” is what it takes to survive a pandemic, and that’s just what boutique owner-designer Erica Lurie is doing. While many popular locally-owned boutiques have closed due to loss of business, Garnish Apparel — offering locally created designs of contemporary women’s clothing and accessories — is still standing in NW Portland. Lurie knows how to jump on opportunities, to recognize a need and fill it.
As sales at Garnish slowed this spring, Laurie began manufacturing masks, including a line to benefit people with compromised hearing. The design has a vinyl window over the mouth, making it possible to read lips. The elastic fastens behind the head, keeping hearing aids from being snagged when the mask is put on and taken off.
Lurie said response to the masks was good and she that was happy to offer an important product. Clients who saw the need for window masks were excited and appreciated the quality,
While Lurie’s team is now more focused on clothing, window masks are still in stock and they are able to make more to meet demand.
"The window masks are great not only for the hearing impaired, but for those interacting with young children so they can read the expressions on their caregiver's faces," said Lurie. "We had some daycares purchase our masks for this very reason."
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