Inspired by conversations with my Muslim sisters, I found myself trying to be a more conscious consumer. I started buying less and looking for more ethical and sustainable clothing brands, but the options were limited, and the research was exhausting. I preferred to go the preloved route as that was relatively easier. One night, I was trying to thrift online, but I couldn't filter my search for Hijab Worthy Wearables (no sleeve length or dress length options). Out of frustration, I texted a friend that I wanted to start a "Muslim thrift shop" and here we are today with ALMAZ Wearables.
We shop in our sisters’ closets to bring you a beautifully curated closet with the hijabi in mind. Our items are handpicked by our team, and we share the details we know you’re looking for like how sheer an item is or if it has a surprise slit. Each item is individually inspected to make sure it meets our customers' standards.
More Conscious stems from the Arabic word taqwa, often translated into God-consciousness: an elevated sense of awareness of God in all we do. As Muslims we have a responsibility to be more conscious in both our consumption as consumers and our work as business owners. At ALMAZ this concept is central to the work we do.
More Sustainable alleviates the pressure of all or nothing. At ALMAZ we focus on the word more as part of our journey. Our products are naturally more sustainable (since they are not new), but we don't stop there. We also focus on being more sustainable as a business. We make an effort to buy used when we can (like our photography equipment), to decrease our waste (minimal packaging and eco-friendly mailers), and to provide resources so others can join the movement to more sustainable as well.
More Affordable extends beyond financial savings. Walking into a thrift shop can feel chaotic and you may have to visit more than one to find what you need leading to added mental, physical, and financial costs. Online thrift experiences are similar. At ALMAZ, we recognize the barriers this creates for many. So, we simplify the process by making it as smooth as possible with handpicked items for the hijabi and an easy to navigate store with a smooth search bar and relevant filters to make it holistically more affordable.
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