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Macy’s department store under fire for selling hijab

Pedestrians and shoppers pass in front of a Macy's Inc. store in New York, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index, a survey which measures attitudes about the economy, is scheduled to be released on August 11. Photographer: David Williams/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The American department store giant Macy’s has come under criticism for selling a line of clothing that features a hijab. Macy’s raised the ire of some sections of the American public and media when it began carrying the Verona Collection.

Created by designer and Muslim Lisa Vogl, the collection features a modest clothing line. The Verona Collection was originally created by Vogl as an alternative to current fashions. She wanted something modest, comfortable and empowering to women.

The Verona Collection includes a hijab and headscarves. The collection is a conservative yet fashionable set of outfits. However, it has created a firestorm of controversy.

Macy’s decision to carry the hijab, and the rest of Vogl’s collection, has led many to say the department store is “legitimizing” the hijab. Critics argue that the hijab is a political item that shouldn’t be sold in a major American department store.

Macy’s isn’t the only large American store or brand to release fashions primarily for Muslims. Clothing companies are finally seeing there is another world of customers that they have been missing out on. Brands such as Nike and American Eagle have begun selling hijabs. American Eagle marketed a denim hijab which promptly sold out across the United States.

According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the department store has “come under attack online by Islamophobes who routinely attack any manifestation of Islam in American society.”

The Verona Collection isn’t just for Muslim women. It is also being marketed to non-Muslims. The collection features multiple hijabs, headscarves and loose-fitting pants and tops. The entire collection is designed to empower women and to give them an alternative to the fashions that are routinely sold in stores around the world.

“Verona Collection is more than a clothing brand,” Vogl stated in a press release. “It’s a platform for a community of women to express their personal identity and embrace fashion that makes them feel confident on the inside and outside.”

Since the criticism of Macy’s selling hijabs first appeared, Vogl has not commented on the situation.


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