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Fashion company makes modesty a mission

Fashion company makes modesty a mission

On a wind-swept oceanfront catwalk in Encinitas on March 18, a team of models swept past rows of admiring customers at Artizara’s first independent fashion show.

The women — wearing high heels, flowing calf-length dresses and long-sleeved tunics with pants — looked like any other models in cool-weather attire, except one sported a turban and two others were in headscarves.

This was a coming-out party, of sorts, for part-time Encinitas resident Sarah Ansari, a banker-turned-fashionista who makes and markets Islamic art-inspired modest clothing to Muslim women around the world.

Ansari and a friend started Artizara 15 years ago as a way to creatively celebrate their...

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