Throughout a decade working for the tech industry, Nadia Mousleh traveled to cities large and small around the U.S. There was one constant between them — while there were always a plethora of women’s clothing boutiques, there was another untapped market.
“There’s no men’s boutiques — ever!” Mousleh exclaimed.
Mousleh wanted to change that in Albuquerque with her new shop, Above Snakes, at 414 Romero NW in Old Town. The boutique is filled with a mix of vintage clothing and new clothing made using sustainable fabrics like cotton, linen and hemp in a range of prices. She also sells wallets and jewelry made by local artisans, as well as a several small-batch wellness products.
Soft fabrics in neutral colors fill the store. Mousleh stocked the store with “slow fashion” clothes that are made to order — to prevent industry waste — and produced without sweatshops. Comfort, quality and durability are most important, Mousleh said.