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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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San Jose Hotel engineering manager Rocky Ontiveros, 60, wears a Texas mask on March 3, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott announced a new executive order that will end the statewide mask mandate and allow businesses to reopen at 100 percent capacity on March 10, 2021.

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Reporting by Automotive News indicates that despite Texas Governor Greg Abbott's executive order lifting the mask mandate statewide and allowing businesses to begin operating at 100-percent capacity again, automakers aren't changing their tune.

This executive order rescinds most of the Governor's earlier executive orders related to COVID-19. The original orders were put in place as a response to rising COVID-19 cases, and related hospitalizations and deaths, in 2020.

The new order removes state regulations and allows private businesses and individuals to decide on their mask wearing protocol and habits. There are currently mask mandates in 35 states and the District of Columbia.

There are fallbacks in place. A release from the Governor's office states, "If COVID-19 hospitalizations in any of the 22 hospital regions in Texas get above 15% of the hospital bed capacity in that region for seven straight days, a County Judge in that region may use COVID-19 mitigation strategies. However, County Judges may not impose jail time for not following COVID-19 orders nor may any penalties be imposed for failing to wear a face mask. If restrictions are imposed at a County level, those restrictions may not include reducing capacity to less than 50% for any type of entity."

Toyota

Toyota, which has a factory in San Antonio, Texas told a reporter with Automotive News that they are looking into the move but don't anticipate any immediate changes to their mask-wearing protocol. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc. employs 2,542 people and makes the midsize Tacoma and full-size Tundra pickup trucks.

The automaker as has its North American headquarters in Plano, Texas, a northern suburb of Dallas. That facility employs around 4,400 people, most of whom have been working remotely for the better part of a year.

"The early read is – no change for us," said Scott Vazin, Group Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for Toyota Motor North America, when approached for comment by Automotive News.

Toyota assembly plants traditionally offers tours of its facility to the general public. Due to COVID-19, plant tours have been suspended at all Toyota manufacturing facilities including those in San Antonio; Jackson, Tennessee; Blue Spring, Mississippi; and Troy, Missouri.

General Motors

General Motors (GM) has a big footprint in Texas. The company employs 8,133 people in the Lone Star State and works with 297 suppliers in the state across 13 facilities. Additionally, as of 2020, there are 588 GM dealership franchises in Texas.

The company's Arlington Assembly plant is home to every new full-size SUV in GM's product lineup sold globally: the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and the Cadillac Escalade. GM Financial is headquartered in Fort Worth and one of GM's IT Innovation Centers is located in Austin. Assembly plants get much of their power from wind energy harvested from Cactus Flats and Hidalgo wind farms.

There are GM Financial centers in San Antonio, Arlington, and Sugar Land; a customer service center in Austin; a parts distribution site in Fort Worth; GM Financial headquarters in Fort Worth; a commercial lending office and the South Central Regional Office are in Irving.

Patrick Morrissey, Director, Corporate News Relations at GM, told Automotive News, "We'll keep our COVID safety protocols in place to ensure we continue to protect our employees."

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The Maserati Grecale has been teased ahead of its debut.

Photo courtesy of Maserati

The Maserati Grecale is expected to be revealed later this year. Ahead of that debut, the company has taken a unique approach to showing off the camoflauge-wrapped SUV - they released photos to company employees with instruction to distribute them on social networks rather than sending them to the press.

The employees obliged. One of the first to do so was Bernard Loire, Chief Commercial Officer at Maserati.

Each of the three photos distributed shows the Grecale outside the historic Maserati plant on Viale Ciro Menotti in Modena, Italy. The prototype cars are currently undergoing a period of intensive road, circuit and off-road tests, in various conditions of use, to acquire vital data for the preparation of the new SUV's final setup.

The Maserati plant is the same place where the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is built, in Cassino, Italy. Maserati will invest 800 million Euros to get the plant ready for production.

The 2022 Maserati Grecale will be the little sister of the Maserati Levante. It is expected to compete directly with the Porsche Macan in a hot luxury compact SUV market.

Maserati has said that it will offer a hybrid and battery electric (BEV) version of the Grecale, but expect to see the hybrid before the BEV.

The Maserati Grecale was spied testing outside the company's facility in Italy.Photo courtesy of Maserati

The automaker is also expected to create a high-performance variant of the SUV, giving it the Trofeo name. Maserati currently sells the Levante in Levante, Levante S, Levante GTS, and Levante Trofeo grades. The Grecale could follow suit.

The larger Levante starts at $77,890 and tops out over $152,000. It's likely that the Grecale will be priced lower, possibly starting around $50,000. A range-topping Trofeo could be priced over $100,000.

Not much else is known about the Grecale at this point. It's likely that Maserati will continue to tease the model, revealing it little by little until the full cover comes off, if the reveal of the company's MC20 sportscar is any indication.

2022 The Grecale is smaller than the Levante.Photo courtesy of Maserati

2022

The Maserati Grecale will debut before the end of 2021.

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