Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Symmetry Fashion

Here's something to get excited about: Symmetry Fashion is a US-based company that "was born out of a desire to create confident Muslim-American cultural expressions through fashion". They do not market themselves as solely an 'Islamic Clothing' company, and seek to reach out to anyone with an interest in different forms of head covering. Not only that, but Symmetry also donate a percentage of their net sales to organisations that empower people economically and educationally. Still wondering what exactly it is they do? Check out these photos:



Founded by Sarah Rashid, Symmetry produce practical, but pretty scarves. They are designed to be "pin-free, button-able, convertible and non-slip". Check out their how-to videos to see just how they work:





Their hijabs are based on layering a colourful headband with a 'base' scarf, something I wear often myself, and did a blog post about here last year. I'm not fond of the way some of the scarves are styled without covering ears and neck properly, though that can be adjusted quite easily. I'm also not quite sure what to make of button-able hijabs! The company says that they are looking to branch into casualwear, formalwear and swimwear, and I'd be interested to see what they come up with!

18 comments:

hannah said...

"pin-free, button-able, convertible and non-slip" -- when i read that, i got very excited!! i often have hijab related problems, especially when i have to get dressed quickly to run off to class!! lol the pictures look really nice, i'll check out the site later! :) thanks for the tip!

Adventurous Ammena said...

salam i noticed the neck and ears too... but it seems the girl in the 2nd pic has it pretty tight and covered.. so maybe there is a way :D

Mariam said...

pretty scarves, but the ones that show the ears and neck, is not very practical...since they are suppose to be covered

Inspired Muslimah said...

Interesting post sis, I will check them out to see what they offer.

Candice said...

Some of the styles they show don't cover the neck fully, but that's just the style they're giving the scarf. It can be buttoned up tighter from what I saw. I really like the brown ones. One with the colourful band and the other with the pinky purpley. Love it

Sis said...

Lovely but they should cover the neck better. But they look nice anyway.

lamoni said...

they had set up a booth at the isna convention this year so i got a chance to look at the stuff. the headbands are really pretty and she designs them herself. i think it's just a bit price-y though because they were selling them for $15-20 i think. but...it is really handy though because you can make different hijab styles so if you like your neck or ears showing a little for necklaces/earrings or want to cover it up, her hijabs are convertible to suit whatever style you prefer.

Jana said...

$15-20 is pretty expensive. I never pay more than £1-2 for my headbands. Dorothy Perkins have very pretty ones and they're always on sale!

Anonymous said...

i don’t know its to attractive.. people will notice you from down the street and I don’t like people staring .
but hey thats me ^_^

Carib Muslimah said...

Anonymous, I don't know about where you live but people stare at me all the time no matter what hijab I have on. In fact, it's *because* I'm wearing hijab that people stare. Oh and I get more stares when I wear the black one!

Jannah said...

thanks for posting it! finally something US based =) Even though the coverage isnt my style, they look really pretty!!

Jana said...

Anon, I wear this pretty much 75% of the time, and the only people who seem to notice are my close friends: 'Oh so you've got ANOTHER headband in today?'

Carib Muslimah - exactly!

Jannah - You're welcome. The coverage can be adapted to suite your needs I'm sure!

Anonymous said...

wow i love this look, quite clever and creative! i agree, personally i wouldn't show my neck either but i guess this would appeal to a wider customer base from a business point of view

mariam said...

I've got an interview with them that I'll be posting sometime in the next few weeks.. so I don't want to spoil it, but I do think they're an innovative company. :)

Sofia said...

Thanks for posting this Jana! More women need to hear about these scarves. My friends and I took over her booth at ISNA and had so much fun trying on the different styles and headbands! They are sooo comfortable because everything has stretchy fabric in it.

Actually, the headbands are a great price! only $5-7, and they open with velcro, which makes them more comfortable than others. It's the scarves that are $15-25 or something, but there's a lot of detail work that goes into them and they're like, designer style, so I felt like I was getting something way more special than the usual hijab. I've paid the same price for plain rectangle scarves at Urban Outfitters.

Anonymous said...

i like the plain regular hijab
i dont like to go all fancy
i just want to cover up for Allah and thats it
but i still love your site!!!!!

Anonymous said...

people will always stare at other people no matter what!!!

Zana Fauzi said...

Oh they are all very pretty.

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