I started my company; www.haralee.com sleepwear when the chemotherapy drugs for breast cancer threw me into menopause with drenching night sweats. I could not take ANYTHING nor could I find ANYTHING comfortable and super wicking for sleep, so I started my own company.
Fast forward 14 years and our company still helps women who sleep too hot get a better night’s sleep. Starting my company and helping women has been a gift to my recovery and personal growth. After my treatments ended I just did not have the will to go back to work full time. I wanted something more meaningful as a career.
Although most of our customers are women suffering from night sweats and not breast cancer side effects, we still design our styles with the breast cancer patient in mind. We never use lace or doo-dads irritable to sensitive skin due to radiation or surgery. We make our armholes roomy incase the woman has a drain. Our fit is generous because no one wants tight fitting sleepwear especially when they are feeling lousy. The fabric we use is the highest wicking performance fabric money can buy!
Our models are either themselves survivors or sisters or daughters or friends to a survivor. We do this so our customers can see the flip side. Women can look great and beautiful and thrive after breast cancer.
Since it is my company, my values, I have our products made in the USA. I want my customers to feel good about their purchase on every level and having some sweatshop here in the States or abroad just does not cut it! Yes my profit margins are less but I sleep well at night knowing my designers, sample makers, sewing manufacturing, and all the companies I employ are reputable companies giving their employees a living wage including health benefits!
Again because my company reflects my values, from day one there had to be a charitable component tied to our sales. We donate a percentage of every sale to breast cancer research. For the last 5 years we have donated to the Susan Love Foundation, Army of Women. During the month of October, breast cancer awareness month, we double our charitable contribution!
Do you shop at companies that reflect your values?