Success does not come overnight. It takes years of hard work, dedication and inspiration. And Modish Hijab in Dearborn is an example of that.
It all began in 2013 when Nada Makki began styling hijabs as a hobby. Soon, family and friends convinced her to turned it into a business. Her niche was simple and elegant, and it attracted young and modern girls, who wanted to wear hijab to observe Islamic tradition while looking elegant.
Hijab styling became a success, so Makki decided to move the business from her basement to a store. She searched worldwide for manufacturers to supply her with the hijab, handpicked top-notch quality fabrics and opened Modish Hijab in late 2018.
In 2019, she developed a new collection for young girls age 5-12 years old, called Modish Girl, and it was inspired by her daughter Zaynub. Modish stands for simple, elegant, young stylish, and modern yet modest.
Today, Modish Hijab is the most successful hijab business in Southeast Michigan, shipping worldwide and garnering 50,000 followers on Instagram. The business is located at 2020 N. Telegraph, Dearborn, MI 48126.
“I am grateful,” said Makki. “I could not ask for anymore.”
Young girls like to dress up and look elegant while staying truthful to their heritage and religion, Makki said. There is nothing more challenging for a young Muslim woman than looking fashionable yet modest, she said, Modish was born out of the passion to overcome this difficulty, making hijab easy and beautiful to wear.
Michigan is home to one of the largest concentrations of Muslim Americans, and the community has doubled in size in the past ten years, reaching an estimated 8oo,000 people.
Arab and Muslim Americans have created several thriving districts in the Dearborn area, all of which contribute to the success of small businesses like Modish Hijab. Still, it is the hard work of Makki and others that has propelled them into success.
“Our Hijabs are custom made in the best fabrics you won’t find anywhere else,” Makki said. “I handpick each material and customized the styles and sizes according to what I believe would make a perfect Hijab.”