Jana: Tell us about the people behind Sophia Jennah; how was the company started?
Faisa: The journey of the company started eight months ago, when I realised there was a huge gap in the market for contemporary Muslim women's clothing. I was frustrated with the lack of clothes available for us, as a large part of the Muslim fashion industry catered for high-end, niche couture markets.
I did not have a background in fashion or design, but I knew the sort of clothes women around me liked and what I would like to see out there myself. So I put pencil to paper and started sketching away and the rest is history as they say.
Jana: What do you feel is missing from the fashion industry right now?
Faisa: A clothing line that caters for both Muslims and non Muslims at the same time. A fashion label that is affordable and provides women with a variety of designs, from casual to abayas. So that the Muslim girl that wants to be fashionable yet modest, is not deprived of it.
Faisa: Hmm, what people inspire me? I would have to say everyday women; my sisters, my friends, or even random strangers. Although when I was designing my clothing I based it on the things that I would like to wear, I guess I got a bit carried away with all things I would have liked to see in my own wardrobe!
One of my biggest inspirations is the great work that is going on currently in the Malaysian and Indonesian Muslim fashion industry. They are both beautiful countries and also have the most fashionable Muslim girls who are not afraid to push the envelope with new mixtures of styles and ask more of their fashion designers. Their style is very inspiring.
I’m a big traveller and love different cultures, fabrics, colours and architecture and in the future I would like to project these cultures into my designs.
Faisa: Every piece is my favourite, however, gun to my head I’d have to say the Hooded Cape, the Colour block dress and the Black and white ruffle abaya.
Jana: Finally, what can we expect from Sophia Jennah in the future?
Faisa: I have big plans for Sophia Jennah inshallah. I am currently working on our Spring/Summer collection which I hope to increase by 2 or 3 times more designs and products than our debut Autumn/Winter Collection. I want Sophia Jennah to be more than just a clothing line, I want it to be more like a lifestyle brand that a Muslim girl’s wardrobe can always rely on.
You can find me on my personal blog on Cookiesandcouture.com
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