A custom fit for Block Island

Many American businesses have had to pivot and change their focus during the pandemic, but few have done so more nimbly than A Custom Style, the Connecticut-based clothing manufacturer that is now selling high-end facemasks.
Siblings Sarah and Bill Powers are the co-owners and co-founders of the company, which started up just last December. The company was making a name for itself when the shutdown hit, but they didn’t lose any steam. One of the manufacturers they had a relationship was also in the facemask business.
“These are three-layered surgical-style masks,” said Sarah Powers. “The manufacturer is very well established. I knew they were reliable. They are someone I could trust. It’s a great product, the fabric is substantial, and there is the metal piece to pinch around your nose.”
Bill Powers said “a lot of facemasks don’t come with the metal piece that bends around the nose, which makes them useless, and ear straps that pull out. We make sure we have a quality controlled product.”
The Powers are no strangers to Block Island. Their family started coming to the island in 1988, the year Bill was born. “I’ve been out there since the beginning of my

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