Nicola Jane has been providing high quality post mastectomy fashion for over 30 years. As the UK’s leading specialist we are able to offer the widest selection of pocketed mastectomy bras, prostheses and pocketed mastectomy swimwear in the latest styles, suitable for all types of breast surgery. We are a mail order business with 3 shops in London, Leeds and Chichester and a very popular website.
The Nicola Jane Story
Where it all began
The business first began in 1984 when it was set up by Nichola Lawrence. Following a friend’s diagnosis and treatment, Nichola realised that there were limited underwear and swimwear choices available for mastectomy patients. She quickly recognised that there was an opportunity to provide a much needed service for people who had undergone breast surgery.
Having identified a need for a specialist post-surgery provider, Nichola spent several months visiting lingerie and swimwear shows to find suppliers. It was not easy, as mastectomy products at this time involved seamstresses sewing pockets into standard bras which did not restore confidence in someone who had just been through surgery.
The first mail order catalogue was launched in 1989 and Nichola and her husband Peter began despatching orders from their attic at home. The response was tremendous and over the intervening years we have since developed and matured in this specialist market.
Our mail order side of the company has since moved from Nichola and Pete's home and we are now based in Chichester on the South Coast. Peter is the Managing Director and has a great deal of input into the catalogue and product selection, while Nichola can still be found working in the Chichester shop, fitting customers and running the shop. We now employ 25 people and have our own range of Nicola Jane Mastectomy Bras and Mastectomy Swimwear.
The range of products has expanded from the handful available when Nichola first set up the business and now we have the best selection of mastectomy fashion available. We have also worked very hard to start our own Nicola Jane brand of mastectomy swimsuits and bras which are stylish and beautiful. We are still very much a family business with the same simple values, to do the very best for our customers and to give a service that is second to none.
Nicola Jane and you
All Nicola Jane staff have had professional bra and prosthesis fitting training. If you are unsure about your size, or need product advice, then a visit or call to us is essential. Our specialist trained fitters are always on hand for personal fittings and expert advice about the right products for you.
We will always do our best to make your visit or call to us an enjoyable experience, whether you are a new or returning customer, we understand the importance of listening and doing our very best to help you. If you are a new customer in particular and feel worried or nervous our friendly staff will quickly put you at ease. Our aim is for you to leave feeling confident and feeling feminine again.
“Thank you Nicola Jane - I've been really impressed with the communication, service and all aspects of my order - out of the various companies dealing in mastectomy wear yours is the best in my opinion and the quality and choice of products gets better and better (very important in helping come to terms with my mastectomy) thank you!”