On my mission to support Black Owned businesses, I found this gem in Absecon, New Jersey - Wadiya Clothing. My intentions were to go in, browse around and pick a few things. Almost two hours later, I have to say I encountered an extraordinary woman and had an engaging conversation about entrepreneurship, fashion, faith, style, culture, colorism and modesty.
Meet Malikah Shakur, Owner of Wadiya Clothing.
Wadiya Clothing rests on a quiet back street with amble parking surrounded by a hair salon, a dry cleaner, and a few other small businesses less than 10 miles from Atlantic City's boardwalk and casinos.
What impressed me most about Wadiya Clothing is Malikah designed these items herself. As soon as she said each item in the store where her concepts, I pulled out my phone and started to film. Completely unprepared. No lighting. No mics. And no way was I going to leave without featuring her on my blog and introducing her to my followers.
Malikah explained to me how important it was to find the right manufacturer who will not only bring your designs to life, but will also deliver on time. We had an in-depth conversation about the quality of her garments. You will find linen, jersey, cotton, chiffon, pleated, with pockets, midi, maxi, and hi-lo styles... breathable fabrics that offer stretch without the "cling" of say, spandex, but also comfortable, classy and most important - modest.