Macy’s has come under fire after announcing an upcoming fashion collection catered to Muslim shoppers, featuring hijabs and more modest clothing options.
The nationwide retailer has partnered with Verona Collection, a modern Islamic clothing boutique, founded by Lisa Vogl, who graduated from Macy’s minority- and woman-owned business development program in 2017.
On Verona Collection’s website, Vogl said her mission to create the fashion brand came after she converted to Islam and “had a stark realization: modest and fashionable clothing were both hard to acquire and difficult to afford.”
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Vogl started on the collection to give women who were seeking modest clothing more options.
“Verona Collection is more than a clothing brand. 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,” Vogl said in a news release last week.
Some critics call the hijab a sign of oppression and slammed the retail giant for rolling out the collection amid the Iranian Girls of Revolution Street protests. However, others have praised Macy’s for the inclusive fashion line. (Rabia Khan/Lisa Vogl/Verona Collection/Courtesy of Macy’s via AP)
The collection will revolve around affordable – and modest – clothing for both Muslim and non-Muslim women.
“Verona Collection offers a unique and understated elegance through everyday essentials designed for versatility and comfort, and through our partnership, we can better serve our customer looking for modest fashion.” Cassandra Jones, senior vice president of Macy’s Fashion, said.
However, not all are happy about the new clothing line because of the inclusion of the hijab – a head covering worn in public by some Muslim women – which many see as a sign of female oppression.