About Us

Leilani Shimoda and Matthew Kaner both grew up in Santa Barbara, but their friendship and business partnership didn't start until years after they both moved to Los Angeles! Leilani (a fashion designer) & Matthew (an entrepreneur in the wine & hospitality industry) realized they could join forces and help solve a gap in the apparel market by creating a functional face mask for the COVID-19 era  - a mask that allows you to drink, eat, talk, or just grab a breath of fresh air with the convenience of keeping your mask on. Light bulbs went off in their heads and The Sip Shield was born.