Veronica Brett Stylish Swimwear for Cancer Survivors
Veronica Brett, an independent New York swimwear label, is giving cancer survivors a chance to head back to the beach in fashionable styles that rival the hottest looks under the sun. Veronica Brett bills itself as the first luxury swim line designed exclusively for breast cancer survivors and women who have undergone risk-reducing mastectomies. The young designer label offers a range of sexy, fashion-forward suits in black and white, as well as distinctive color-pop signature looks in tangerine and turquoise. It’s also one of the most extraordinary stories in American fashion today, and has already been featured in leading magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour.
Veronica Brett presented luxury swimwear for breast cancer survivors.
Founder Patricia Brett (the brand is named for Patricia’s late aunt) launched her first collection in 2010 after discovering first-hand how the fashion landscape shrinks for women who have had mastectomies. The Ohio native, who worked as an architect in New York, watched breast cancer ravage her family for generations. Three aunts (including Veronica) died of the disease at an early age, and in 1998 her sister received the same diagnosis. Later, a total of five Brett cousins were diagnosed with either breast or ovarian cancer.
Tests showed the family carried a genetic mutation that means an 85% chance of getting breast cancer in a person’s lifetime. After testing positive for the gene herself in 2002, Patricia underwent a voluntary, prophylactic double mastectomy and reconstruction at age 39 to eliminate the risk. Five years later, she had her ovaries removed.
While these measures may seem drastic to some, it was the only way I could insure that breast or ovarian cancer would not prevent me from some day attending my son’s wedding or seeing him graduate from college.”
Each Veronica Brett piece is engineered to accommodate breast forms and prosthetic inserts, but that doesn’t limit style options for women dealing with the unique challenges of finding garments that suit their new shape. From traditional one-piece suits to bandeaus, bikinis, wraps and even a deep-plunge front-lacing halter, Veronica Brett offers what might have seemed unthinkable: a complete range of styles that don’t look like medical garments.