Words: Nicci Talbot
About the girl was initially an online venture selling mastectomy bras and swimwear and has just opened its first showroom: At Forty-One, in West Sussex. They sell beautiful lingerie and swimwear designed for women who have undergone a mastectomy or lumpectomy, and also produce their own range of fabulous post-surgery silk lingerie. The aim is to become a destination retail experience, where women can shop in a beautiful, friendly and supportive environment.
Unlike most mastectomy bras (which come in black, white or beige, according to Amy) these pieces are foxy, comfortable and feminine. I’ve been browsing the site and have my eye on several pieces including this gorgeous Goddess swimwear. I think their lingerie will appeal to all women – particularly if you don’t like underwired bras and bikinis.
Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer six months after her 40th birthday, and had a lumpectomy, mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The idea for the business grew out of her own frustration at not being able to find feminine, sexy lingerie that made her feel good about herself post-surgery. ‘It was very important for me to feel confident and attractive after my surgery and I was determined to be able to dress as I always had – in pretty and delicate French underwear. I soon realised there is very little choice on the market and became resolute to fill that gap with lingerie that makes women who have had cancer feel like the beautiful and courageous women they are,’ she says.
About the girl is launching its new summer collection tonight at 6pm at its studio: At Forty-One, 41 Wivelsfield Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 4EN. If you’d like to go please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01444 417791.
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