DENVER- Zofia Wosinska has a Ph.D. in chemistry. As a chemist she helped develop dye solutions to aid in detecting cancer under the microscope. Fascinated by the colors and patterns Zofia decided to take them from the lab to items of clothing and accessories.

Fashion designing started off as a hobby for Zofia but after her husband was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer she decided to leave her career as a chemist to become a full-time fashion designer. She says her designs spark awareness about early detection.

"Our patterns were inspired of the under microscope images of breast tissue. So here you can see one of our first silk scarfs and this is an image of breast tissue as it looks under the microscope. And the dyes you are seeing here are hematoxylin and eosin - they're the most commonly used dyes used in diagnosis," Zofia said.

Her husband Jeremy Picker has been designing apparel in Denver for the past 6 years and was floored by the idea of turning the chemistry work into fashion. He fully supported his wife and her decision to quit her job as chemist to dedicate her time to making the unique fashion pieces.

When Picker was diagnosed with cancer their focus shifted to survival and treatment. Months later, when he was healthy again the meaning of his wife's work took on a whole new meaning.

"After I finished chemo [therapy] and had a clean bill of health, that's when we had these ideas. Alright now that I've been cured and I'm moving on of how we can give back," Picker said.

"It started off as raising funds for treatment but I then realized from my own experience that a person can have the best treatment in the world but what good would it do if they didn't catch the cancer on time," Picker questioned. "Detection is key and that is where our focus is as a brand and as a survivor."

Zofia has traveled to New York and other states hoping to promote her bran at the national level.

The brand name is Estaine and pieces can be seen at

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