Macy’s announces new line of Muslim clothing

Macy’s the national retailer best known for its retail clothing line announced this week that it would be offering a new line of clothing by Verona that will target Muslim women.

Called “the Modesty Line,” the clothes will appeal to the growing Muslim American population and will feature designs by Verona, a Muslim-owned clothing retailer.

It’s a smart business move. Muslims are a growing constituency. There are an estimated 7 million Muslims in America. We say estimated because the U.S. Census discriminates against Muslims and Arabs by excluding them from the Decennial Census. The largest majority of American Muslims are African American, an estimated 36 percent. Only 22 percent are Arab, the traditional perception that Americans have of Muslims.

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by Ray Hanania is an award-winning columnist, author and former Chicago City Hall political reporter. Email him at