Frequently Asked Questions

  • General
    • What is the difference between VL-M1 + VL-M2?
      • The VL-M1 has a filter insert that houses a BFE98 filter that adds additional filtration and is as protective as a surgical mask. The VL-M2 mask is engineered to dissipate moisture and heat, and built for athletic performance. Both are face coverings and meet the CDC’s recommendations.
    • Where was this mask made?
      • The VL-M1 is 100% Made in the U.S.A., from domestically sourced materials. The mask nose bridge comes from Bedford, our yarn and filters comes from North Carolina, and the mask itself is manufactured in Los Angeles.
    • How much are your masks and what makes them protective?
      • The VL-M1 is priced at $30 and the VL-M2 is $35. The VL-M1 has a filter insert that houses a BFE98 filter that adds additional filtration and is as protective as a surgical mask. The VL-M2 mask is engineered to dissipate moisture and heat, and built for athletic performance. Both are face coverings and meet the CDC’s recommendations.
    • Why are the masks sold at their current price?
      • The mask is sold at cost; it is knitted with high quality, sweat-wicking materials, engineered by professionals with sports and medicine backgrounds, and knitted with zero waste in a U.S. factory where workers are paid fair wages. Additionally, the VL-M1 comes with EIGHT replaceable filters and is machine washable. Additionally, for each mask purchased an additional mask is donated to a frontline worker.
  • Filters + Material
    • What is the mask made of?
      • The knit mask is made of 100% polyester, the ear straps are made from elastic, and the nose-bridge insert is a laminated aluminum strip. 
    • How many filters come with VL-M1?
      • Each VL-M1 mask comes with eight replaceable filters, but more filters can be purchased in the Variant store. Ideally the filters would be replaced every day it is worn. Filters can be washed in cold water, and air dried. However, the filters have an electrostatic charge which is what makes them effective, with each wash you remove some of the charge.
  • Orders + Shipping
    • Do you ship International?
      • We do, please select your country at checkout.
    • How long after ordering will I receive my mask?
      • Orders are generally being delivered between 7-10 business days after an order is placed. Once the order ships, you will receive a confirmation email with tracking information. Please email info@variant.group or support@variant.group for more information.
    • How long does it take for an order to be processed an ship?
      • Order takes 7-10 business days to ship, once the order ships the customer receives a confirmation email with tracking information.
    • Where to shop?
      • VL-M1 and VL-M2 Masks are sold exclusively at variantmalibu.com, although you can also purchase our mask at Revolve and Erewhon
    • How do I track my order?
      • Once your order has been shipped, you will receive an email notification containing the shipment tracking information.
    • How can I change my shipping address?
      • Shipping addresses can be changed if the order has not been processed nor shipped. To change your shipping address please contact support@variant.group.
    • Can I place wholesale orders?
      • Yes, please contact Support@variant.group
  • Payment Options
    • What are the accepted payment options?
      • For credit cards, we accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards. Payment is taken once your order has been shipped (excluding pre-orders).
  • Size + Care Instructions
    • What are the best care practices for the mask? How do I wash it?
      • Machine wash with warm water and dry on high heat! If you need help replacing the filter there’s a helpful care instructions link on the product page
    • How do I know what size mask to order? Are there dimensions

      • The Adult mask will fit most adult faces; because of the unique way the mask is knit, it will comfortably stretch and conform to almost any face. We offer the XL for people with larger faces and those with beards. For exact dimensions of sizes we’ve provided a size chart, located under the size selection bar on the product page.
    • What is the age group for the Kids Masks?
      • Our masks have a lot of stretch and are recommended for ages 4 to 11. However, because kids all grow at different rates, it's best to check the size chart located above the product description.
    • Can I customize my mask?

      • We don’t have customization options yet, but we are hoping to offer this capability in the near future.
      • Is there something on the nose that helps mold it to my face?
        • There is a laminated aluminum strip in the nose bridge that helps the mask mold to your face shape.
      • What does the mask look like on the inside?
      • What are the measurements of the mask?
        • The mask size chart can be found here