Color, like laughter, can be healing for people when they need it most. Tanya Taylor leaned into that idea in a new partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital. The New York-based designer released a collection of three headscarves featuring her vibrant brushstrokes for women undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

The project was inspired by Taylor’s friend Erin Hazelton, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018 and lost her waist-length hair but couldn’t find a headscarf that was both stylish and comfortable. Taylor’s solution is a covering inspired by a Norma Kamali suede head wrap. Each of her hand-painted prints are reimagined in a flexible jersey material that can be both warming and cooling.

Taylor, who also redesigned the curtains in Memorial Sloan Kettering’s pediatric wing and has taught color-therapy painting classes, hopes the headscarves will bring just a little ease during the stressful and scary time of cancer treatment. “A main focus for the brand is to bring strength to women at all times,” Taylor said. “It felt like an opportunity to partner with MSK to bring color and confidence to the lives of women when they need it most.”

The brand has already donated 300 headscarves to women on their first day of chemotherapy. They’ve even produced matching kids’ sizes so children can connect with their parents going through it as well.

The adult and children’s headscarves are now available for $15 on One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to Memorial Sloan Kettering.

(Photos via Tanya Taylor)

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