Saturday, February 27, 2010

New York State of Mind: Designer's Delight

Salaams and Salutations Beauties,

SO while in NYC...I wanted to meet up with some of the NYC designers I knew and those who I'd seen and had yet to 'see' in person. So I contacted Sister Jennah from Al-Mujalbaba, Sister Najmah from Najm Designs, Sister Fawziyyah from Al-Musa Wear/House of Gems and Sister Saundra from Urban Hijab to meet with us in Brooklyn for a talk about clothes and beauty. They ALL came, masha~allah.


Sister Jennah talking about Al Mujalbaba

First up was Sister Jennah from Al-Mujalbaba. She talked about how long she had been in business and how she wanted to help sister become more modest. Have you seen her designs? LOVE THEM. I get all my hijabs from her (for you hijab wantabe thieves). She picks fabrics that are washable, wear great and look GOOD!!
We found out from her husband that prop designers from NBC's 'Law and Order: Criminal Intent' come to their store for prayer rugs and Qurans. They even had an 11 year old who took his shahada come in to pick up clothes.

Najmah discussing her love of fabrics and the philosophy behind her line. She is a sister on the move.

Next up was Najmah Abraham from NAJM Designs/ the NAJM Network. Sister Najmah really explained to the group about how she picks out her fabric. That for her and her fashions they have to be functional as well as affordable. That LOVELY she is showing us above is a jersey knit tiered dress. OK I sooo want that. EVERYONE wanted that.

Sister Najmah is an inspiration!! She inspires modesty. She's going to be at my MIL's fashion show next month. Can't wait to see the goodies she brings.

This dress is HOT. Any woman can wear it: on a field trip with the kids, to the grocery store, throw on some heels you can take it out to dinner with the girls, your spousal unit, even

Najm Designs

Najm designs is more than clothes...its a MOVEMENT in art.

Najla came and ripped it up for us. Soooo talented. Masha~allah

Our intermission was led by sister Najla Muhammad from NJ. She's a poet and she's brilliant!! So young, so beautiful, so talented..may Allah(swt) reward her in all her endeavors. She ROCKED it..FYI.

Urban Hijab

Next up was Sister Saundra from Urban Hijab. We learned at Friday night's dinner that she USE to be a scientist. But her increase in Deen led her away from that..and she started providing clothes for sisters. Masha~allah, she has some very nice high quality clothing. It was great to meet her, see and touch her designs. Umm Aminah purchased on outfit or two. Praying for a lot more to come from sister Saundra.

Urban hijab....samples. I loved them.

Sister Nadeerah brought us accessories. What is a hijabi without her hijab stick pins!!!

Fawziyyah with Al-Musa Wear. A young and fun designer from Harlem.

Last but NOT least was Sister Fawziyyah of Al-Musa Wear/House of Gems. She's a wife and mom that has LOTS of style. She's been making clothes with lots of flavor for years. Ladies in NYC know her and of her. Insha~allah she will continued to be blessed with much more success.

Her style is young, fun and modest. Just the thing the UMMAH needs to help younger sister's realize that modesty is more beautiful and pleasing to Allah(swt).

Al-Musa Wear

Umm Aminah, Fawziyyah, Najmah Umm Amirah and Dynamic Radiance

Umm Aminah, Najla, Umm Amirah and Dynamic Radiance, wow what a night.

What a NIGHT!! We were exhausted but it was a fun night. Can't wait to go back and do it AGAIN!!

B Beautiful
Umm Amirah


zainab1 said...

As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa baraakatuhu ukhti Umm Amirah, This is exceptional, I have really, really enjoyed this post , thanks a bunch for sharing this. You sisters are beauuuutiful! masha Allaah. Wow! sisterhood is such an amazing thing Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta aala) has provided the ummah with, Alhamdulliaah.

I would really like to see more of these sisters fashions , Would you happen to have an email or site address for any of these sisters I live in jersey, however my zawj is from ny, so he is familiar with ny. I have the site for Al- mujalbaba, masha Allaah. Is there a way to contact sister fawziyyah from Al-musa wear, insha Allaah. Sorry for the length of this comment.
JazkaAllaahu Khairan (smiles)

Umm Amirah said...

Walaikum Salaam,
Alhumdulillah that you enjoyed it.
I have updated the blog with links for all of the designers.

Insha~allah this will help you contact them.

Shukran for reading out blog.

Ma salaama

zainab1 said...

As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullaah, Shukran Ukhti Umm Amirah, this helps a lot.
JazkaAllaahu Khairan (smiles)

Coniqua said...

Ma sha Allah looks like another great BU event. I'll have to catch the next one in sha Allah.

Umm Amirah said...

iA @ Coniqua (hmmmmm hmmmm--lol)

zainab1 said...

As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullaah,
Because you sisters are really doing your thing, providing such great & positive things for sisters I have awarded you Beautiful Ummah with the "Beautiful bloggers award"
please visit to pick up your award & pass it on , insha Allaah. Keep up the great work!

Umm Amirah said...

Masha~allah!!! We are excited and humbled for the award dear sister.

We pray that Beautiful Ummah has and will continue to be an inspriration to the Ulimah.

Beauty is given from the Creator...its our deeds that take it away. Insha~allah may we all be reminded of the beauty inside that comes out to the surface when nurtered and cared for.

Anonymous said...

Assalamu alaikom,
Wow, I want that gray dress, too!!! *drool*

I was in New York City in the summer and I was surprised how few Islamic stores there were. Now I know I should've been knocking on residential doors instead! heh

Yeah... I'm seriously craving that dress now...

Anonymous said...

PS I just realized the NAJM link is a Facebook page... Does she have a website?

Umm Amirah said...

@ Eyes Serene- No Sister Najma does not have a website as of yet. Please contact her through her FB page.

Discounted cosmetics said...

As salaamu alaikum...
I like most the white gown.It looks so pretty as like as so gorgeous.I want to buy the same one.Need some feedback...