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These 100-percent silk, handmade automotive-inspired face masks are also pocket squares

The Outlierman is offering a variety of face masks in automotive-inspired prints.

Photo courtesy of The Outlierman

Artisans in Como, Italy are busy handcrafting automotive-inspired face masks for clientele of The Outlierman.

Each non-medical face covering is made of several layers of 100 percent silk out and features some of the company's most popular designs including the Gentleman Driver, World Beater and Vintage Race. Each mask has been incorporated with a one-time use medical filter. Additional filters are available via third-party sites unaffiliated with the company.

The Outlierman silk face mask The face masks are made of 100 percent silk.Photo courtesy of The Outlierman

When face masks are no longer the vogue thing to do, the fasciae mask transforms into a pocket square for style longevity.

Andrea Mazzuca, founder of The Outlierman, said: "Following our successful reopening last week, I'm delighted to be able to launch our first new product for several months, after lots of demand and enquiries from our customers.

"I'm very happy that we are able to fulfil our customers' needs with a non-medical face covering that allows them to still embrace the spirit of being a gentleman driver, whilst using a comfortable product that also encapsulates some of our most notable designs."

Each face mask has stretchy ear loops and an adjustable wire nose fitting. They are washable and reusable. Washing instructions include cleansing the mask in hot water with detergent or dry cleaning. Owners are advised not to iron the product.

The face masks join an extensive lineup of accessories offered by The Outlierman including driving gloves, ties, bow ties, pocket squares, braces, scarves, and foulard. The company also sells a number of bag styles: weekender, trolley, duffle, and backpack. There are also document and travel cases.

The Outlierman silk face mask When you're done using them as a face mask, they can be changed over to a packet square.Photo courtesy of The Outlierman

The Outlierman sells the masks in a set of three for €75.

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2023 GMC Hummer EV The trucks will deliver up to 329 miles on a charge. GMC

The Hummer's EPA range lands at 329, not far from the 350 miles General Motors targeted for the vehicle. Those are the estimates for the limited Hummer Edition 1, which carries a six-figure price tag and gobs of bells and whistles. Aldred said that other models coming later on will offer longer range estimates when they hit the roads sometime in 2023.

A staggering 80 percent of reservations GMC has gathered so far are for the Edition 1 model. Almost half of the 125,000 people who have inquired about the Hummer EV have placed the refundable $100 deposit and the SUV's first year of production is completely sold out.

2023 GMC Hummer EV The Hummer EV's first year of production is sold out. GMC

When it hits the streets later this year, the Hummer EV will be just in time to face off against a growing crop of EV trucks and SUVs. Rivian recently began delivering the R1T electric pickup truck and will continue with the R1S SUV next year. The Ford F-150 Lightning is coming in 2022, and General Motors itself has a Cadillac EV rollout to handle in 2022. Chevy and GMC will show off electric versions of the Silverado and Sierra pickup trucks on January 5 and GMC will push the Hummer SUV EV in 2023.

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The dealer letter, posted to the Civic XI forum and fan site, was dated August 25 and confirmed by a dealer upset with the development, according to Automotive News. In the letter, Honda cites the ongoing pandemic and microchip shortages as major factors impacting its production efforts. Total shipments to dealers could be cut by up to 40 percent, but not all models will be affected to the same degree.

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2022 Honda Pilot Some models will see more cuts than others.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


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