Layer Designs Collection for Health & Wellness Startup Never Go Alone
Benjamin Hubert has his finger on the pulse of industrial design. This year, the founder of Layer, a multidisciplinary studio of engineers, artists, experience experts, researchers, and branding specialists who create items that will help define the way we live, work, travel, and communicate, delivered a keynote at SXSW, won an award for his Beosound Balance speakers for Bang & Olufsen, and is launching an outdoor furniture collection with Allermuir. Of particular interest is Layer’s recent work with wellness start-up Never Go Alone, founded by entrepreneur and socialite Nga Nguyen—dubbed “fashion’s patient zero”—after contracting and recuperating from COVID. Hubert and Nguyen developed a suite of handsome products—a face mask, hand-sanitizer bottle, and sanitizing-wipes case, all reusable and/or refillable—designed to empower users to take ownership over their health and safety, with packaging that’s driven by observed human behaviors and environmental concern. Never Go Alone launches globally in July.
The face mask consists of an outer layer in breathable, lightweight knit fabric bonded to an Ultrasuede mid layer that mirrors the curves of the face, an inner layer of advanced technical Superfine knit that incorporates antibacterial fibers for increased protection, and a replaceable custom PM2.5 filter that slips into an internal pocket.
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