Meet Adilah Safiyah Muhammad, Adilah M

 

I design a women's apparel line for modest women. Long have we been left out of the equation of what is considered desirable clothing. Searching from store to store looking for good quality clothing that suits our needs - that is clothing that appeals towards our style aesthetic and compliments our beliefs. One shouldn't have to choose one of the other. They both can coexist freely, it has before and it will now. Launch in August 2016, this designer brand plans to shatter the misconception of what it is to be a modest women. The designs of each collection produce illustrate soft, and feminine silhouettes with a tailored touch. Our aim and purpose is to show how fun, chic, and versatile modest clothing really is.  

This brand is for the bold. For the brave. For the confident. For the liberated. For the proud. This brand is for you.

What do you love about your business and industry?

I love that it allows me to connect with women who have walked in the same footsteps as me. It allows me to understand women just like me and better assess our needs as modest women.

Tell us what inspires you.

I am inspired by people and cultures. I am amazed by the strength of people and how people create the world we live in.

What advice do you have for other creatives and entrepreneurs?

Trust the process.

What is something surprising about you?

I often come off as shy and reserved to some people, but I am a person who likes to tell jokes and loves to dance.

What is the most common question you get about you and your business?

"Why modest fashion?"

Tell us about your process for making and creating.

Travelling, attending festivals, and music all contribute to my creative process. I love to gauge a feel for what is going on in my world. I also love mediation because it helps me sift through my thoughts.

Name three local makers and brands that you are inspired by and why.

Hivendi, Mashallah US, and Kinza Chicago are three brands that inspire me because they are creating spaces and voices for women of color and Muslim women.

What is the best advice you've ever been given and how has it shaped your business?

My mother once told me; "Ask for what you want, and you will get it". Because of her advice, everything that I have proclaimed for my life has happened in some ways. They may not have happened they way I thought they would initially would, but by having faith, it all has happened.

Discover more about Adilah M at adilahm.com

 

kendra chaplin