With all the challenges and uncertainty brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, a local businessman and tattoo shop owner has come up with one way to adapt to the new normal…

Andrew King and his team designed some innovative Covid-protective gear for the whole family.

The protective shirt “can be worn as an outer garment or as a vest.” There is even a range of fleece tops for when temperatures drop.

King’s creative spark lit up when masks became compulsory for all South Africans. With concerns around the comfort of most masks, King and his team set about finding a solution for both young and old.

Prices range from R420 for kids short sleeve top to R650 for an adult’s fleece jacket.

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According to King: “The Pure Air™ product has an ISO14664 certified filter that can be optionally inserted into the neck of the high-quality, medium weight, cotton top.”


Filter in Covid-protective gear design.


The neck of the garment can be pulled up over the mouth or down the chest “without becoming a hindrance.”


Covid-protective shirt worn with the neck pulled up as a mask.


King says: “The shirts have a lot of potential in the sporting world because of their convenience, comfort, and endless branding opportunities.”

There has also been international interest in the product.

“Much of our time and resource has been focused on product research and testing. There is potential interest within the UK market and the product in the process of review.”

King explains that it’s not all about selling the protective gear. He says: “We’ve been able to support a few high-risk parts of our community such as the SOS Edenvale security team, the kids of Little Eden and the Primary School – Roxser Academy.”

With King’s protective apparel, forgetting a mask when going out is one less thing to worry about.