I came across this news originally because my friend/roommate knew the person of interest, from high school in Abu Dhabi and shared it with me. 19 year old NYU student, Ismail Ibrahim, has started his own clothing line with the determination to spread tolerance toward Muslims, while also donating 50% of proceeds to Islamic Relief USA‘s Refugee Aide program.
The creation; a simple black hoodie with the word Salam “سلام”, meaning peace and also used as a general greeting in Arabic, across the chest in white text. The hoodies aim to promote peace and shatter stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims.
According to Now This News, he created the hoodie a year ago but after President Trump’s travel ban he sold out online. Originally from Egypt, Ibrahim is not personally affected by the immigration ban against Muslim refugees but wanted to become an agency for change, therefore partnering with the Islamic Relief USA Refugee Aid program. He considers Alexandria, Chicago and Abu Dhabi his hometowns.
Fashion is art and this is great example of how fashion can be designed to have an activist purpose. Simple, yet meaningful, his clothing line has created a powerful and necessary dialogue making it more than just a comfortable garment for aesthetic purpose. It is a symbol for justice and acceptance.