Meet Ostomy Underwear Designer Jasmine Stacey
At Bladder & Bowel we love to talk to the amazing people in our community who in their work life, or their free time, are doing something to help others. We recently caught up with Bournemouth based fashion designer, Jasmine Stacey, who creates luxury underwear designed with ostomies in mind. We spoke to her about how she got involved in the industry and her plans for the future.
Q: You suffer from Crohn’s disease and wear an ileostomy bag. How did this experience influence your lingerie designs and understanding of issues?
Q: Do you have anyone who inspires you?
JS:All the women that I talk to who I’ve met through my work and charity are the inspiration to me more than anything. Each individual story is amazing and unique, each have come to terms with their situation and some are still battling problems every day.
Q: We all have wish list of projects we just can’t seem to find the time for, are there any concepts or ideas you have yet to explore with the line that you would like to in the future?
JS:I would love to see my designs in big retail stores accessible by all women. To do a range for M&S would be incredible! The ability to bring my designs to everybody. I’d also love to be able to branch into swimwear and male products.
JS:The biggest reward is when you get the amazing feedback from customers! It is so amazing hearing that I have helped someone’s confidence.
Q: And what about frustrations during the process?
Q: What is your favourite piece you’ve designed so far?
JS:For me, it is theblack widow. That has to be my favourite – it’s so sexy and daring!
Q: What’s the most popular item in your collection?
Q: Is it just women with ostomies who buy your underwear?
JS:Primarily we cater for the needs of the ostomy community but we’ve also had women who have pregnancy stretch marks or scars find that our underwear suits their needs. It really is something that can be worn by anyone though.
Q: If you weren’t designing, what would you be doing?
JS:Well, I still have my day job as a nurse. So I guess I’d be doing that full time & dreaming of lingerie I could be designing.
When is your next collection due out?
All images used are courtesy of Jasmine Stacey and Dan K Photography