Designer to Make ‘Breast-Free Fashion’ For Cancer SurvivorsThe Breast Cancer Site
Reality shows don't often motivate people to start new business ventures but that was the case for Sakina Iskender. According to the Washington Business Journal, the fashion designer was watching an episode of the TLC series "What Not to Wear" and saw how hard it was for a breast cancer survivor to find clothing after she opted out of reconstructive surgery following a double mastectomy procedure. Iskender then set out to create flattering "breast-free fashion" for cancer survivors.
Iskender sells her own designs and garments created by others at her boutique, Take 5. She used her industry knowledge to start sketching mock ups while also researching clothing made for breast cancer survivors. Iskender's grandmother Chicnek passed away from breast cancer. Her name means "flower," which inspired the line's name Steel Flower.
To help fund this venture, Iskender launched a Kickstarter campaign that is set to run through Feb. 27. Contributors will receive gifts like clothing from the Steel Flower line or a "Lifeline" shirt for non-breast cancer survivors. The Steel Flower clothing will range in prices from $50 to $350, but overall will cost much less than her other garments, according to the source.