Back to top
Share

Heal in Heels

GoFundMe Fundraising

$25,000 in October 2019

RELAXIP
A blouse for mastectomy post-op cancer patients.

4 GOALS

  • Reducing price 
  • More sizes
  • More color variations
  • Further reaching out

GoFundMe:

Runs through October 2019

Price Reduction

Price Reduction

  • Lower price, more patients
  • Larger order, lower cost.

More Sizes

Size

Our S/M serves for dress size of 0-6

Our L/XL serves for dress size of 8-12

I wish to expand the size availability.

Color Varieties

Color Variety

More colors mean more ways to express yourself!

Reaching Out

More Patients

  • More visits to hospitals
  • Presenting at market weeks and medical Confrences

Relaxip is fantastic!!! Because...

Easy ON

No arm raising necessary.

Hidden Side Pockets

Inside pockets are to store surgical drains without having people notice.

Made in NYC

We sourced from a local manufacturing company in the garment district of NYC.

YKK Zippers

YKK Zippers

Well constructed and trusted YKK zippers provide smooth zippering up and down.

Fabric

Fabric

Sportswear fabric that stretches well, breathable and most importantly laundry friendly.

Relaxip

How to wear Relaxip

healinheels heal in heels yoko katz relaxip fundraising
Yoko Katz キャッツ洋子

About Yoko Katz, a Founder

Breast Cancer Survivor / Recurrence Fighter
Economics Professor at Fashion Institute of Technology
Fashion Economist
and Hat and Clothes Designer

Fashion for Cancer Patients

When Yoko went through breast cancer for the first time in 2014, the images of cancer patients being skinny, and miserable scared her.  She learned that cancer patients could keep their jobs while going through chemotherapy. She kept teaching at Fashion Institute of Technology.  She wanted to be herself and look normal by seeking help in fashion.  When she bought her first wig in orange, she started to document her fashion and created the blog Heal in Heels.

Our Story

① June 2014
First ever surgery: Mastectomy

Age of 36. Nobody choses to have cancer. I had a healthy lifestyle with no familly history of breast cancer but I still found a lump on me. After the mastectomy I found that I coulden’t raise my arms and that was painful and frustrating to me. I coulden’t even wear a T-shirt but I still had to wear something to go to the doctors office.

② June 2014
The Birth of Original

Going out with my surgical tubes on me. During my post-surgery, checking my blood for egg retrieval, and meeting with my reconstruction surgeon, I cried in pain because I could not wear a T-shirt.  My mom came from Japan to assiste me during treatment, she came with a special shirt and told me to try it on. I could wear it without pain and without raising arms.  My surgeon saw me putting it on, saying “Wow, Yoko, I have never seen anything like that.”  The birth of the first Relaxip.

③ Fall 2018
My student, Sidney, asked if I had some issues in garments during recovery.

End of Fall 2018 Semester. While teaching at the Fashion Institute of Technology, I did presentations about my cancer story.  Asking fashion students to be creative in helping society.  Sidney asked if I had some issues in garments during recovery.  We decided to work together for a thesis project for her Technical Design degree.

④ Spring 2018
Meeting with Sidney, almost every week

We developed 3 garments for breast cancer patients.  Sidney was so enthusiastic about making this project successful.  The course requirement was to make one garment, instead she was willing to work on three.  By the end of the semester, her presentation at FIT was well received.  We got featured in the FIT website news page and its publication, HUE magazine, winter 2018 issue.

⑤ Summer 2018 - Summer 2019
Moving one of the three designs into production.

Searching for meaning in cancer treatments.  There was no answers to why I got breast cancer.  Cancer controlled me and my world became upside down.  I could not change my environment nor my body, but I could control one thing, I can still choose who I want to be and how I want to do things.  I wanted to choose fashion to help cancer patients, which back in 2014, there were none.  I wanted to contribute to the world to shift some images of cancer patients’ life.  Relaxip means a lot to me and I want to help those who are going through the same thing as me. Starting up a business has been taken a lot of learning and I couldn’t have done it without Masayo Kawanishi, who is my business partner.

⑥ September 2019
The very first production is ready.
I was told a recurrence after 5 years.

Ironic Moments.  After thinking about this prduct for 5 years, I am finally ready to send them off and help many patients.  Then, I was told that my cancer came back.  What?  Now?  It cannot be. My goal for Relaxip is to help other people, but it turns out that I might be the very first patient to use my own product.

Photo Credit: Dennis Cahlo

Some other notes

healinheels heal in heels yoko katz relaxip fundraising

Estimated New Breast Cancer Diagnoses for 2019

0

Other Potential Use

Relaxip will serve many other occasions

  • Shoulder Problems
  • After surgery for lung, heart and other upper body problems
  • People who needs to carry surgical drains
  • People who needs to have easy access to treatments at hospitals
  • Relaxip is an adaptive clothing

SHOP

Our first production garments are on sale!

Due to a preliminary webpage for the fundraising campaign, the shop is in progress and will be structured better in October.

Blue with Gray Zippers

$ 64.50


+ applicable tax + $7 shipping

Available in S/M (dress size 0-6)
Available in L/XL (dress size 8-12)

Buy Now

Navy with Gray Zippers

$ 64.50


+ applicable tax + $7 shipping

Available in S/M (dress size 0-6)
Available in L/XL (dress size 8-12)

Buy Now

Navy with Pink-Purple Zippers

$ 64.50


+ applicable tax + $7 shipping

Available in S/M (dress size 0-6)
Available in L/XL (dress size 8-12)

Buy Now

 *We will donate a part of our proceeds to immuno therapy research institution for breast cancer.

Stay in touch with us with SNS

Media Coverage

My Heal in Heels information is now moved to “Blog” section in the latest website.