Where I get my hijabs.
Some of the most common questions that I receive are related to where I get my hijabs from, and how I wear them.
I’ve written before about a common business model surrounding hijab companies in the United States: how much of what we’re able to access is a result of importing and rebranding scarves that are sourced abroad, and how it’s quite simple to bypass these companies through buying directly (and at a price proportional to quality) from these overseas suppliers. There isn’t necessarily anything wrong with the model - it’s mere supply and demand - but as I’ve explored various brands and hijabs, I’ve noted that there’s an exception with hijab companies that design and/or produce their hijabs locally. The quality is just better.
Years ago, I would write that hijab was just a piece of cloth on our heads, and that true representation of being a practicing Muslim woman in America is something that is illustrated through behavior, through mannerism, and through excellence in all that we do. This hasn’t changed. Over time, though, I’ve put more emphasis on viewing hijab in a more positive light; as an item I wear with pride, and thus should be made with pride, as the final touch to the way I physically present myself to the world.
These scarves are something else. Kinza Scarves is all hand-sewn scarves, and every hijab in the line is made of natural fabrics. The silk is of the highest quality I’ve been able to find (and boy, have I spent some time in LA’s fashion district), and the founder, Dina, puts a premium on sourcing and creating the scarves locally in Northern California. I couldn’t recommend this brand highly enough - it’s important to have hijabs that make you feel like a million bucks, especially for work and occasions, and these hijabs are perfect for a sleek, classic look.
The solid-colored modal scarves are my everyday wear; I purchased several of these about a year and a half ago, and wear them regularly. They’re great to tie into turbans or wear loosely (I usually place a few pins atop my head), and the founder, Marwa, does an incredible job with the color palette for each line she produces.
Bridal, Occasions - Hijab Couture by Affaf
Affaf is arguably the best hijab designer for bridal and formal hijabs, turbans, veils - you name it, she does it. Everything she creates is original, hand-made, and custom for her clients. She’s perfected the process down to the final detail; Affaf was the hijab stylist for my wedding, and the turban and veil she created for me, I still look back on and try to figure out the mechanics (it’s complex, it’s copyrighted, and it will indeed stay on your head for any dancing, ever).
Hijab Couture by Affaf:
Hopefully that answers some questions! I’m fairly confident there are incredible companies out there that I haven’t yet heard of or tried, but as soon as I’ve figured that out, I’ll update this. :)