Two enterprising Wrexham women were among 40 finalists in the British Female Inventor or Innovator of the Year 2009 awards held in Cardiff last week. They each received special recognition for their inventions.
A YOUNG mother from Wrexham who suffered from hair loss during chemotherapy launched her own range of funky beanie hats for people in a similar circumstance and gained a place in the finals of the British Female Inventor or Innovator of the Year 2009.
Emilienne Rebel, 33, who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, said she struggled to find suitable head-wear to keep her warm when she lost her hair.
“My hair loss left me feeling very cold at night time – all I wanted was something comfortable and easy to keep my head warm and make a bad situation just a little bit more bearable.
“With a small family running around I also needed something easy just to slip on around the house and get on with my day. Scarves would slip and my wig was too itchy. I never found what I was looking for – the idea for Bold Beanies was born.”
Now fully recovered - and despite being busy looking after her two young daughters – Emilienne decided to fill that gap in the market.
She launched Bold Beanies a few months ago and the range of simple cotton jersey hats come in a range of beautiful prints as well as plain colours and are sold via the web.
Designed and presented as gifts, the hats are artistically rolled into roses while beanie hats for youngsters are presented to look like lollipops. A buyer can even customise their hat with a name or slogan.
Emilienne said they can make a more practical and useful gift than flowers or chocolates and cost about the same.