Eid Performance by Hijab Brands in Malaysia

Hijabs have long been a core category in Muslimah fashion. However, recent developments in Hijab styles and silhouettes have triggered a massive spike in the market, especially during the Eid trade season. This report analyses the performance of Malaysia's top Hijab brands across every segment, from value to premium.

Written by Atiqah KamarudinAugust 7, 2019

Introduction

The modestwear market has been highly competitive not only on the local front but also internationally, with Muslim fashion expected to reach USD 361 billion a year by 2023[1]. Hijab, the core piece of clothing in Muslim fashion, has evolved and grown into a lucrative fashion market over the years[2]. Online retailing and influencers have driven the popularity of hijab, now featuring on international runways and magazine covers.

The increasing hijab demand has seen thousands of local brands in Southeast Asia competing to offer hijabs in various styles, colours and materials.

As hijab is a huge market for Eid festive season, we reviewed 10 brands in the three segments in Malaysia – premium, mid-market and value, to draw insights on their performance this key season.

Nearly 9,000 data points were tracked over 12-week period up to the week before Eid al-Fitri, from March 11 to June 2, on the following brands’ official e-commerce stores:

 

  1. Ariani
  2. Bokitta
  3. Duck
  4. Naelofar Hijab
  5. Tudung People
  6. Qaira Hijab
  7. Sugarscarf
  8. Jelitasara
  9. Benang Hijau
  10. Marshmallowscarf

 

[1] “Why Muslim Fashion is Taking the Over the Luxury World”, Vice,
Jul 2019.
[2] “How the Hijab has Grown Into a Fashion Industry”, The
Conversation, May 2017.

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Brand Performance Overview

Overall, all three segments performed well except for the premium segment, which showed a below average sell-out rate of 67% despite having the highest new-in rate. The mid-market segment managed to achieve a slightly above average sell-out at 76%, with the lowest number of new arrivals for Eid. Meanwhile, the value segment, which had the smallest assortment, achieved a strong 90% sell-out with little discounting.

 

Winners

Duck trumped the premium segment with its 98% sell-out rate without any discounting. It launched a few collections during the period, included Pleats, Unity, Chiffon Lace, Borderline and Matte Satin Silk Eid, which contributed to its high sell-out.

In the mid-market segment, Naelofar, with the largest assortment across all segments (3x above average), was a clear winner as it managed to achieve a strong 96% sell-out with little discounting.

Benang Hijau, who had the lowest median price, aced the value segment at 94% sell-out, with all items offered at full price.

 

Losers

Bokitta, with the smallest assortment across the segments performed poorly (8% sell-out rate) despite offering more than half of its assortment on discount.

Sugarscarf and TudungPeople also had more than half of their assortments on discount yet still failed to deliver strong sell-outs.

 

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Brand Performance Overview (cont’d)

New-In vs. Sell-Out Movement

Sell-outs on the normal collections were already high in March before dipping in the second week of April. Eid trade gained momentum back in mid-April, as most brands started to stock up on their Eid collections from then through to mid-May. Naelofar Hijab, Duck, Ariani, Qaira Hijab and Benang Hijau, who launched a few collections during the one month period managed to capture high sell-outs up until two weeks prior to Eid.

 

Discounting Strategy

In the premium segment, Bokitta performed poorly despite having more than half of its discounted products being offered between 40-79% discount range. However, the brand with cult followings – Duck – did not rely on discounting for its success, as no items were offered on discount during the period.

Meanwhile, more than 80% of TudungPeople’s discounted items were only concentrated on the 10-19% discount range, which failed to push a higher sell-out for the brand. As for Sugarscarf, the highest sell-outs occurred at the 50-59% range, indicating evenly distributed discounts between 20-59% would help to improve its sell-out performance. This strategy was rightly done by Qaira Hijab, which had a positive impact on its performance. However, Naelofar Hijab, which has a massive following, managed to rely less on discounts as its sell-outs occurred mostly at full price.

 

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Subcategory Performance Analysis

Shawls was the volume driver, commanding 36% of the entire hijab assortment, followed by Instant (29%), Square (14%), and Print Hijabs (7%).

During Eid trade, brands were seen stocking up more on Shawls, signalling their core offerings (Chart 4). However, it did not perform as well as Instant and Square Hijabs, as it achieved a below average sell-out rate of 71%.

Instant Hijabs, which was favoured for its effortless and fuss-free features, recorded a 78% sell-out rate but was driven by discounts to push sell-out. This style was greatly led by the mid-market segment, namely Naelofar Hijab.

Square Hijabs, which has grown in popularity in recent years, strengthened its position with both total sell-out and sell-out rate at full price recorded at above average sell-outs. Among brands advocating this style were Duck and Benang Hijau.

Although Printed Hijabs garnered the highest sell-out at 88%, the style seemed to be driven by discounts as it achieved 60% sell-out rate at full price, which was well below average. Besides the usual floral prints, geometric prints were also popular, as seen at Duck and Ariani.

Meanwhile, Inner Hijabs, an essential in hijab-wearing, made up 14% new-in of total assortment with high sell-out at full price (88%). Inner Hijab is a must-have item not only to ensure availability all year round, but also to build up in volume in time for Eid to maximise sales over the festivity.

 

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Pricing Overview

Each segment understood its consumers by knowing the sweet spot for pricing its products as the concentration of full price assortment and bestsellers lie within the same price band.

Premium brands had a wider price spread, offering hijabs as low as MYR 59 all the way to > MYR 450, which was mostly offered by Duck. However, the bulk of offerings – almost half of the assortments, were priced at MYR 100-150. The bestselling price also occurred within the same price band, which was at MYR 100-150.

43% of total assortment offered at full price from the mid-market segment sits within the MYR 50-100 band, which was the same price band of its bestsellers.

As for the value segment, the sweet pricing for its bestsellers was at the MYR 0-50 price band, which was also the same price as nearly 80% of assortments. Drilling down further, the bestsellers were priced at the higher end of the band, which were around MYR 40-50.

 

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Meet the Author

Atiqah Kamarudin

Nur Atiqah Kamarudin is a Senior Business Intelligence Analyst at Omnilytics. With past experience at Nielsen and Euromonitor, she has spent years analysing data and unearthing insights to help brands and retailers make informed decisions. She currently produces reports on the fashion industry and its changing retail scene across the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Southeast Asia.

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