A YOUNG mother from Wrexham who suffered hair loss during chemotherapy has launched a range of hats for people in similar circumstances.
Emilienne Rebel, 33, who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, said she struggled to find suitable headwear to keep her warm when she lost her hair.
Now she is in the running for an award in the British Female Inventor or Innovator of the Year 2009.
Emilienne said: “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 prints as well as plain colours, 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. Buyers can even customise their hat with a name or slogan.
They are primarily aimed at cancer sufferers and people with other conditions such as alopecia. Emilienne has been nominated and shortlisted for the Exceptionally Creative – Textile & Fashion/Health category at the national BFIIN Awards 2009.
Forty women from across the UK have been shortlisted for awards.