Always has teamed up with Saudi fashion designer Nasiba Hafiz to launch a heat-resistant fashion collection in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where temperatures often soar above 45 °C (113 °F) in summer.
To beat the heat in style, Always x Nasiba Hafiz has unveiled The Not Hot Collection – the world’s first designer period wear inspired by Always Cool & Dry, a sanitary pad that was created to keep women feeling cool during their periods by keeping moisture away from their skin.
Hafiz is one of Saudi Arabia’s most progressive fashion designers whose daring fabrics, vibrant colors, and delicate tailoring are changing the way the world sees Saudi fashion. Flowing, comfortable, and timeless, her clothes are created with the region’s intense heat and humidity in mind, making her the perfect collaborator for the Not Hot Collection.
The collection is made using Cool & Dry performance fabric and features the same soft, tactile mini perforations as the surface of the Always Cool & Dry pad to keep moisture and heat away from the skin.
“I was really inspired by the technology of Always Cool & Dry to create this collection, which is perfect for Saudi women living in one of the hottest parts of the world. The pad only covers part of our bodies, but what about the rest of your skin?” explains Hafiz.
“The whole purpose of this collection is to use a fabric that has the same functions as the Cool & Dry pad so that women can feel super comfortable, even at that time of the month when they’re not feeling comfortable. I hope it will start a conversation about looking and feeling good in the heat, especially on our period”.
The Not Hot Collection features pops of color, breezy shapes, and lightweight layers. It marries style with function: think pockets for tucking away discreet items; bike shorts that sit beneath a flowy dress, fusing comfort with femininity; driving gloves and car seats that protect against searing-hot steering wheels – all the essentials that women in the Gulf need to not be hot on the hottest days of the year.
Sonali Dhawan, Senior Vice President of P&G Asia Pacific Middle East & Africa’s Feminine Care business at Procter & Gamble adds: “We’re happy with our collaboration with Nasiba Hafiz to launch ‘Not Hot’ fashion collection demonstrating the cooling & protection technology of our Always Cool & Dry pads in a new fashionable GenZ way. We’re always keen to unleash the full potential of the strong brave women in our region through products and collaborations that unleash girls’ and women’s confidence so they can be whoever they want to be. This also felt true to Always’ mission of unleashing women’s confidence in any circumstance: why can’t women look cool and comfortable in any season, or at any time of the month?”
In Saudi Arabia, summers are notoriously intense with daytime temperatures exceeding 100 °F (38 °C) from June to August in almost all of the country – and that’s in the shade. In the desert, temperatures frequently rise as high as 130 °F (55 °C) in summer.
Natasha Maasri, Executive Creative Director at Leo Burnett Lebanon, says: “In a world that’s getting hotter, maybe fashion shouldn’t always focus on what’s ‘cool’. Together with Always, we challenged one of Saudi Arabia’s most talented designers to rewrite the rules of fashion with a line of period wear that’s created with intense heat in mind. Changing perceptions of Saudi fashion was also a huge part of what made this project so inspiring for us.”
Always x Nasiba Hafiz’s Not Hot Collection is now selling via a pop-up concept store in Jeddah and via nasibahafiz.com
Watch the launch fashion film featuring Saudi influencers Nirvana Abdul, Ratana Mohammed, Shahad Bamashmous, and Rawnaa Babunji here:
Always and Nasiba Hafiz: Video
Nasiba Hafiz: nasibahafiz.com