Hi my name is Camille and I set up Pink Ribbon Lingerie in 2010 with the help of my mum Hilary because of my mum’s experiences of buying lingerie following her breast cancer surgery 21 years ago.
Hilary’s Story:‘Before I had my mastectomy 21 years ago, there were no pretty bras for anyone over a size 38 and I was size 42 before my surgery. I was 48 years old when I had my mastectomy and, all I wanted to wear was pretty, feminine bras. Things have improved greatly over the years but it is still difficult to find good mastectomy products.’
Because of my mum's negative shopping experiences post surgery, I discovered that the lingerie options for someone who has had a mastectomy can be quite limited. Unless you are internet savvy and have loads of time to surf the net looking for products, you maybe unaware of what is available.
Ultimately this can leave women post surgery feeling frustrated and disappointed with the lack of choice.
I decided I wanted to do something about it, but it has been a long journey. When I turned 30 and read an amazing book called "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho (Which is about your life journey and not putting things off in your life). I was truly inspired so that by the time I had finished it I knew what I needed to do. The very next morning I told my manager that I wanted to leave my job. So 4 months later I found myself sitting in a bar in Chelsea at my leaving drinks, ready to take on the big wide world.
I revised my business plan, became a trained bra fitter and started on my research, but still struggled, like many start up business's to get funding. I was determined not to give up so I went to ask my mum for advice and help. We decided together to invest our personal savings in order to start Pink Ribbon Lingerie. We began with a small lingerie collection and then decided to add sleepwear and swimwear.
We believe that every woman should be able to wear beautiful, luxurious and functional lingerie; swimswear and sportswear and sleepwear. I have sourced products in a wide range of colours, styles and sizes from leading mastectomy brands around the world and we are continually adding products.
We really would love your feedback about our website and the product we sell, please feel free to email us: firstname.lastname@example.org