What's in a name? Suburban Turban chemo hats
So often people laugh (which is lovely!) and then ask how did we think of the name ‘Suburban Turban’? A millinery studio dedicated to making beautiful and bespoke chemo hats. It all makes good sense really – having trained as a milliner at Chelsea and London College of Fashion (UK) and worked under the name of Nicky Zip for 10 years - I was already making the sort of ‘celebration’ hats you would associate with Ascot and summer weddings. (In 2005 Nicky Zip won 'Best Hat' at Ladies Day and my hats have appeared in 'Hello!' magazine.)
It was through this work that I got involved with GRACE (Gynae-oncology Research and Clinical Excellence) at The Royal Surrey hospital, helping them to fundraise with a charity fashion show. At the show I met women who were looking for something pretty to wear through chemo treatment - they wanted ‘normality’ for their self esteem and for the sake of their loved ones around them.
At this point the lovely folk at the Fountain Centre (based at The Royal Surrey Hospital) got involved and allowed me to come along and talk to women undergoing treatment, to hear what they wanted to wear. A big thank you to all the women who chatted to me about their chemo hats in those early weeks.
Millinery is a delight – when we wear hats we do feel different – they can really change our appearance. Women feel ‘different’ enough with hair loss, so my ideal hat(s) had to be all about fitting in and blending in – at the supermarket, at the school gate pick up, walking the dog – in short every situation that glorious suburbia throws at us 365 days a year.
So there's the thinking behind the name – wearable headwear for everyday… and the name was catchy too! I hope you like the range and they serve you well. Infact I hope they do a little more than that - they lift your day and help you manage your hair loss feeling pretty and confident.
Suburban Chemo Hats