By  on January 22, 2008

When Melissa Curiale, 32, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and had to undergo a left-side lumpectomy, she found her sartorial choices to be pretty bleak. "I wore baggy sweaters, things that I felt were minimizing or didn't call attention to me," she says. "I avoided crewnecks because they would dip to one side." This might seem somewhat insignificant in the face of all the events going on in her life, but, as Tobi B. Greene, M.D., an oncologist at New Jersey's Hackensack University Medical Center, notes, "Sometimes you need something superficial to go back to being yourself and feeling better about yourself."

Hilary Boyajian's new line, then, is bound to put a new spin on the term retail therapy. Named after the Japanese word for "strength," Chikara is done in collaboration with HUMC and is specifically tailored to breast cancer survivors.

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