Meet Brooklyn’s Hasidic Designers | Style Out There | Refinery29

Meet Brooklyn’s Hasidic Designers | Style Out There | Refinery29

New York City it’s loud fast and colorful it’s filled with every kind of style imaginable I’m here to do a story that’s quintessentially New York it’s one about celebrating tradition or forging your own path this however is not your typical New York fashion story we’re headed across the river into Brooklyn to a neighborhood known as Crown Heights it’s the epicenter of a deeply observant and mystical form of Judaism where everyday life is dictated by the guidelines of the Torah here two Hasidic Jewish designers are taking fashion inspiration from their faiths a lot of people when they hear Hasidic fashion they imagine what maybe people just dressed in like all black with the stockings maybe outdated shoes nimi and maashjay’eh mothers wives to to rabbis and partners in a new and specialized design business nobody in the Jewish world has like started alive I would appeal to people who aren’t even interested in modest fashion what do we want to wear what are we not finding let’s just make it ourselves so how do you walk that line between being fashion-forward and also sticking to your traditions we’re not about suppressing your beauty or self-expression it’s about doing it within the channel Judaism it can be done and I think that’s what people are excited about what we’re doing in her sedum life is dictated by a spiritual rhythm there is a specific way to do everything from how to pray what to eat and the importance of what you wear you’d say well what does fashion have to do with religion it’s just the outside layer but the outside layer is really important it’s a reflection of once inside basic laws are covering your elbows your knees and your collarbone it’s really at the guylines aren’t there to like shackle you down and say no don’t even like think about clothing the spirit of modesty it’s very confident it’s looking very beautiful for me me and musky modesty is about so much more than just fashion it’s a mitzvah a commandment or good deed every single Mitzvah that we are commanded both men and women is about a way of connecting to God the Jewish woman actually covering those areas is about keeping the power of who you are and maintaining the power and sacredness of sexuality we totally adhere to all our traditions customs and laws but do it in a more fun open way to help me understand more about Hasidic tradition and modesty me me and mush can invite me to join them at an unusual place a salon for wigs we all cover here with an excuse and it’s a beautiful commandment a mitzvah when we do get married it your hair becomes more private and special and sacred thing that should remain between you and your husband and your family this is real here so you could touch it better than my hair there’s never been dye it’s very like wrong and fine so you just constantly have good hair day so that’s what you would think but it’s actually know they take maintenance people who like one day you see them they’re longer the next place shortly I would get up why not the only thing is that they’re like thousands and thousands of dollars each so may not also Ford yeah one for every day I guess some people would see it is almost repressive but tell me about your attitude towards it the mitzvahs that we keep our something that’s like beautiful and adds to our life much like wearing a wig it’s not about repressing or covering up necessarily but it’s about empowering what’s actually essentially already there okay so I think we should try on some Styles big you know like amazing like a much more serious business professional with your power bang okay let’s do me now I thought they really cool on yeah it’s like a personal transformation now we got to get you a long dress other than kids but how does their spirituality gets spelled out in clothing we’re obviously always looking back into our customs and laws and it’s all about translating everything even people who aren’t religious always have to find a way to translate who they are the deeper beliefs into how they dress Muskies like our sample size so we just like show on musk you like what we want to be happening how we want it to be draping and would you like we work with him like on every detail he brings it to life we just designed this about a month ago this is exactly what we wanted to resume it’s not a contradiction to be modest and to be trendy or to look good right now there’s so much modesty in mainstream fashion the row mary kate nash they love their energy their styled you have Kate Middleton she just does it so well and it’s so beautiful and I think it’s changing the way people think about clothing and modesty I’m starting to understand the while me me emojis appearance may be dictated by their faith they aren’t hindered by it it’s something that makes them feel beautiful that they have fun with at a pop-up shop in the neighborhood Mimi and muskie are showing off their latest designs and connecting with a surprising group of women outside of their own community or not the only religion that keeps certain laws of modesty through me Maxie we’ve found a way to relate to lots of Christian women and Muslim women who also dress modest and who are benefiting from our clothing my faith is most important to me so fashion is definitely secondary but I love you know being able to make this the to work clothing can be this kind of neutral territory that brings cultures together and through this we’ve connected with so many Muslim women that’s why you how much I can’t work like honestly you’re like the Muslim equivalent of like so much of what we feel and go through valina school and getting rid of the stereotypes it is women we already live in such a binary world you like you’re smarter you’re sexy you’re a good girl you’re a bad girl now you’re like I’m a former Jew it’s amazing to see how this clothing can bring together women of different faiths modest clothing is more than just wearing the right garment it’s a representation of who they are as a rested ox Jewish woman we could take inspiration from anything just because we’re modest fashion designers doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate it you can make anything modest and you can take a style and turn it into something that is possible to wear modest it’s the way you dress is everything I mean there’s a reason why fashion is such a big deal everyone no matter what style you are is interested in to the way to dress to communicate who they are the powerful and confident women I met remind you that fashion is a message to the world about who you are or who you want to be what you wear on the outside should be a reflection of what’s going on inside thanks for watching style out there subscribe now for more stylish adventures

100 thoughts on “Meet Brooklyn’s Hasidic Designers | Style Out There | Refinery29

  1. I fail to see the logic of concealing your real hair by wearing wigs which look better than your own hair. Where is the "modesty" in that?

  2. I love their designs. Woman’s fashion has gotten waaayy too body conscious imo. Some women want to dress modestly with style.

  3. I love their line but it’s way too $$$$ for me, I dress modestly along the same guidelines they do but same problem with finding pretty clothes I like that follow the guidelines…

  4. few days ago I saw a Christian woman with scarf all around her head in the church….but guess what her shirt was so short as almost see her bikini…another example of hypocrisy

  5. The hypocrisy of it all so when smelly jews do it it's ''Fashion'' and ''beautiful'' and when muslims do it it's repressive go figure

  6. I love this soo much, and as a Muslim woman I can relate a lot defo would be a customer in their clothesline

  7. This is very interesting, I'm just confused by how they said cover knees, elbows, and collar bone but both of them had their elbows out in almost every outfit.

  8. I wish they would do something similar highlighting some Muslim designers re-styling and changing the attitudes towards hijabs and niqabs!!


  10. My daughter is a conservative Christian, and I'm not. When she decided to dress more modestly I thought she was going to look like a sister wife. But she actually always looks very cute. Kudos to these ladies who help people keep their faith and be beautiful at the same time.

  11. Lol Kate Middleton is not modest by their standards she shows her elbows collars bones and knees at the Same thing sure she has wore some modest looks but i don’t understand

  12. Thank you for being so open to learning about this orthodox section of Judaism. Thank you for not speaking down to the women. Thank you for making this a piece of celebration and not painting Hasidism as only repressive. Thank you for allowing these women to speak, instead of speaking over them.

  13. Really intrigued/ confused by the wig thing. What difference does it make in covering your natural hair with other hair?

  14. I'm a designer myself and I don't see what the big deal is. There are clothes out there that will cover any parts. I just don't get it.

  15. I loved seeing all these women support and empower each other. Building a comunity through fashion and being respectful and inclusive with each other's religion. Amazing queens.

  16. I just have to say: i 💘 how supportive and understanding their husbands are. Amd how they dont sabotage or make it about themselves

  17. I wouldn’t actually call them “trendy “ by any means…more like frompy. I have Christian and Muslim friends who are modest and actually dress very chic. They would never wear those oversized robes..gross

  18. Sorry but after watching what emotional and psychological abuse goes in on this community, I don’t care what fashion they are wearing. Women are enslaved in this community and sociopaths abound here.

  19. I love these fashions but this video confused me a bit because at the beginning you were talking about Hasidic Jews but they are aren’t Hasidic they are orthodox which is a large difference because Hasidic Jews are supposed to be of the world but not in the secular world where as orthodox can be in the world.

  20. America thinks that fashion is all about being sexy, but let's unpack that concept. The concept of beauty and sexy are two separate concepts. A person can be healthy, happy, confidant in who they are regardless of how much skin they show. I think the secular fashion world has linked sexy to beauty for too long, and have told women they have to be sexy in order to be beautiful. This isn't true. So, I completely applaud these women for what they are doing.

  21. Early in the vid they say covering the collarbone is required for modesty then show supposedly "modest" photos of Kate Middleton showing her collarbone in two of them.

  22. Whose hair was it originally! In India, poor women will often let monks at a temple cut it all off as a religious offering. They have no idea that it's going to be sold and resold to foreigners who visit India every year, multiple times until it is an expensive product made into a wig here. The women get paid nothing. Does anyone look into,the origins of the wig hair, in this community? What if it is come by, because of suffering, just like fur?

  23. I'm a Christian. As much as it sounds funny, I actually loved the wig part. You know, we cover our hair from scathing heat, pollution and might as well have different hair do's which we may not try them with our real hair otherwise!
    Anyway, I pray that everyone reading this message be blessed by YESHUA HA MASHIACH, the Son of GOD ! Amen ! HalleluYah 😃 😃
    HE is coming soon for His FAITHFUL. To take them to His heaven n leave every Unbelieving behind to the most troublesome times this world has ever seen !
    Have gotten ready for His Coming,with all Your SINS washed in His mighty blood that He shed on the Cross when He died ??
    Have you all gotten ready with all Your SINS confessed to HIM and REPENTED of them In HIS mighty Name??
    JESUS is the ONLY SAVIOR of our SOULS. HE alone is the WAY to ETERNAL LIFE with GOD, the FATHER!
    HE is alone is the LIVING BREAD ! Only HIS FLESH n BLOOD would make us ETERNAL beings !
    HE alone is the TRUTH. And that TRUTH alone would set us FREE from BONDAGES of SIN & HELL !

    I pray that you all SEE that TRUTH before it's too late !
    In mighty JESUS name, AMEN!!

  24. Reason is when a woman gets married her hair becomes considered a “private part” of her body , and now can only be revealed to her husband in privacy so a “wig” or any type covering conceals that and adds to her modesty . This is Jewish kabbalah law and the source for woman hair covering which in modern times allows then to feel and look beautiful at the same time fulfilling the covering of her natural hair. It’s not about the beauty part but concealing the natural parts for her husband

  25. So basically these women try to show that all these restrictions connected with the female body are not bad and this is not an oppression but liberation and empowerment. The same arguments which use Muslims who advocate a necessity of hijab.

  26. Why not just admit that "modesty dressing" and "covering a matron's hair" IS ABOUT REPRESSION.  No one argues the rules which describe repressing men aren't repression – why make believe the restrictions on women aren't restrictions? Just admit it. It'll feel good to be truthful. Then you can defend it in honesty by explaining your reasons for believing repression has upsides as well.

  27. I wouldn't have known they were wearing wigs! They look a lot better than the wigs our moms used to wear back in the day. But the clothing makes them look like they're wearing 2 sizes too large. It doesn't have to be tight fitting, but it needs to be less like a potato sack with a belt.

  28. I appreciate their desire for modesty, but honestly hearing them and their husbands talk, along with the women of other faiths at the pop up, they don’t strike me as particularly deep, any of them, and there’s an air of snootiness. And ya, being a rabbi or a pastor has NEVER meant you are necessarily deep

  29. This may be my 1st comment, ever. And I cannot believe I'm just seeing this 5 years later, but I HAVE to say, BRAVO!!! Thank you for presenting this in such a beautiful, cool, informative, respectful way. I have seen so many docs that judge beliefs, standards, traditions that they don't believe in or understand & present things as if the people need to be saved or freed from them. You gave it the respect it deserves & presented it as the beautiful thing that it really is. Kudos @Refinery29!! You guys are the coolest!!!

  30. Someone please to teach these Jews how to bath with soap and occasionally wash their hair. ESPECIALLY when they travel by plane!

  31. judasim/ Christianity
    We dont allow to wear jeans and leggings because it not modest why because it show you curves and (our religion don't teach our to wrap but cover with dress and skirts) it attractive the boys or the same geneder as you and they imagining doing (sex ,dirty ways)with you god actually see them (in judasim imagining /imaginations consider as rape and you become sinner )that why men and women should down their gaze down and pray for that person (dress in the immodest ways) and the sin go to that person too (men or women dress in that ways) that person because they dress in immodest ways because they let this imaginations to be created (some people doing their imaginations by physically rape , some people let this imaginations go) because that person didn't dress in immodest ways it doesnt mean that you can rape her or him no it thier body don't touch girl or men without thier permissions it doesn't matter if they naked or not , people (men or women dress in immodest ways because they want attention they want to be accepted so they prefer this ways (to dress in immodest ways) but everyone inside want to be accepted the way they are without showing your body money …without changing themselves and accept them with thier appearance . Shabbat shalom

  32. Jewish women running their own business?? Who would have known??😱

    Lol Shalom to you guys
    Proverbs 31

  33. Quite ugly and unflattering sacks of fabric. The hair thing is gross why would you wear someone else's hair. is your husband so jealous and possessive that you cant show your own hair??? its not to do with god or spirituality, its oppression and manipulation of the mind.

  34. I believe that you can be fashionable and or sexy without showing any skin its how you carry yourself

  35. i appreciate all cultures and religions. that's free will. but, love isn't biased. we can add veganism to the mix, for a start. one thing we all know is that all sentient beings desire safety, security, and love. we could have been bugs. why are we superior? because religious relics tell us so? aren't we here to evolve?

  36. Are muslimas here to answer me a question I am curious of? Would it be allowed for you to wear a wig (synthetic though) instead of a hijab? Or not at all? And if not, may I ask why? Thank you for your answers! 🤗

  37. Wearing a wig — isn't that following the letter of the law instead of the spirit of the law? Especially when you can look more alluring and sexy with a beautiful wig on as on these women.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *