Masks That Give Back
In early 2020, Bonrisu's founder, Herbert Yu, found himself with a few precious N95 masks. Looking down at this important and scarce commodity, he couldn't help but think of all the people that needed these- healthcare professionals, essential workers, elderly, and those at risk. When he was contacted by a friend to help her New York hospital find much needed personal protective equipment, he began leveraging his sourcing experience and reached out all around the world to figure out a way to help.
After a painstaking couple of weeks dealing with shipping, logistics, customs, and federal regulatory agencies to learn about the evolving PPE guidelines, he successfully sourced thousands of masks. He also realized there must be a better way to meet the massive need unfolding.
At the same time, the business world was radically changing. Work travel ceased and work from home became the norm. Business attire got pushed to the back of the closet. This had a devastating impact on Herbert's fellow entrepreneur and beloved tailor as he saw demand plummet for his custom suits and shirts.
And that's when Bonrisu was born. In order to fund large mask donations, Herbert re-imagined his tailor's business by producing high-quality, thoughtfully crafted face masks–made from the same premium men's dress shirts Herbert used to wear.
Built on the idea that both employment opportunities can be created and the community can be supported, Bonrisu has been able to help retain 30+ hard-working employees in the tailor shop and donate thousands of masks to at-risk, elderly communities in the US and Canada.
We provide versatile, high-quality masks for everyday use. Our masks are handmade and expertly crafted by skilled tailors with decades of experience producing custom apparel. They’re made from premium cotton and blends with tightly woven layers.
They are soft, lightweight, adjustable, and washable. Our masks are thoughtfully crafted with versatility and design. We believe there is a mask for each occasion and you should confidently go about your day while supporting and respecting those around you.
Early on, we recognized a serious problem with vulnerable populations and front line workers who dedicate their lives to help those communities. They were faced with massive face mask shortages. The shortage not only increased risk of infection but also strained their financial resources. So, we quickly mobilized our small team and partnered with Meals on Wheels America to donate a mask for each one purchased to help the isolated, at-risk seniors.
So far, we have donated 10,000+ reusable face masks to 180+ organizations across 38 states and provinces in the United States and Canada that are part of a broader network of millions of volunteers that enable 220 million meals to be served to 2.4 million seniors each year.