Wipeout, the small-business built around owner Julie Slaughter’s genius idea of printing trail maps on to high quality lens cloth that can also be used to clean goggles and sunnies – has branched out in to producing face masks for use during the pandemic.
Julie started making the masks for her local town/ commune in France, with her sewing machine and bare hands soon after lockdown began,
“My usual work of dealing in Wipeout Microfibre Piste Maps was quickly replaced by home schooling (in French) and the fresh re-stock of products just arrived for the latter half of the season, were now ‘on the shelf’. A few weeks into lockdown, there was a drive by the community to provide a face mask free of charge for everyone and my local area was calling out for volunteers. So I virtually stuck my hand up, and before I knew it I embarked on a nightly ritual of mask making. For the record I made 100 in total, a small contribution to the 16,000 which were locally made.” she explains.
After months of tweaking the design for maximum comfort, especially for on the slopes, Wipeout are now producing a whole range of styles in cooling microfibre and cotton, including some in plain colours, others with ski themes. Wipeout’s ‘Born to Ski’ design (RRP £5.99) is proving especially popular.
Wipeout is also producing a “multifunctional headband” (similar to a Buff!),
“This is going to be the ultimate piece of kit this winter, as it is allowed to be worn instead of a traditional mask on the ski lifts,” says Julie.