From Homemade Headbands to Designer Fashion: Interview with Maqayla

By Izzan Haziq and Hannah Halim Mareenah A. Ghani was merely passing time with a fun hobby, unknowingly sowing the seeds that would culminate in a thriving business. The enterprising young woman is the founder of Maqayla, a womenswear label that has earned an avid following within the Malay Muslim community. Maqayla has been a work in progress for four years, and this weekend will see the store celebrating its one year anniversary at East Village. We speak with Mareenah on starting Maqayla and the challenges she faced in setting up her own business. DNM: How did you start Maqayla?…

Zayn’s “Mind Of Mine” Might Suffer From One-Track Mindedness

It’s been little more than a year since Zayn Malik (now known mononymously as Zayn – like Madonna or Jesus) announced his exit from One Direction while they were still midway through their world tour – a move that broke the hearts of millions of fans. (They’ll recover.) Dropping his first solo song with as much notice as his departure from the band, “PILLOWTALK” sheds the light, teenager-friendly tone of One Direction and features a much edgier, sensual side of Zayn. As the lead single, it’s a good indication of the songs that follow on his debut LP “Mind Of Mine”…