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Uniqlo plans to bring line of hijabs and other modest wear to Canada

​After a wildly successful collaboration in Southeast Asia, Hana Tajima's designs come to Canada (Marie Claire)
After a wildly successful collaboration in Southeast Asia, Hana Tajima’s designs come to Canada (Marie Claire)

Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo only opened their doors at their first two locations in Canada last fall, but they’re already making a splash on the national fashion scene.

According to The Toronto Star, the company is planning to release a line of modest wear in Canada next month.

The offerings will include: hijabs, a traditional head covering worn by Muslim women; abayas, a longer robe worn by women in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula; and attire inspired by baju kurung, a tunic-and-pants outfit worn in South East Asia.

The spring-and-summer line will be on the racks at Uniqlo’s two Canadian locations in Toronto, at the Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Mall, on Feb. 24.

Kat Adams, a spokesperson for Uniqlo, told The Star that it is hoping to fill a demand for modest wear in Canada.

“This is such as diverse market, we are very hopeful that it will receive a positive reaction,” she said

The Japanese retailer has offered modest wear collections in other markets since 2015, including a collaboration with Muslim fashion designer Hana Tajima.

“We started in South East Asia, with the local markets there,” Tajima told The Star. “From then it’s really grown. Each season we brought it to new countries and the response has been really fantastic, not just from the Muslim market.”

The full modest wear line will be available in 15 countries and includes 30 items in 81 colours and patterns.

Prices will range from $7.90 for a headband to $79.90 for a dress.

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