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Building an Eco-Conscious, Feel Good, Functional Clothing Company in the Wake of Loss

Mike McGregor - Building an Eco-Conscious, Feel Good, Functional Clothing Company in the Wake of Loss
Mike McGregor – Building an Eco-Conscious, Feel Good, Functional Clothing Company in the Wake of Loss

A year and a half ago I lost Jo, my wife, childhood sweetheart, and mother of our two joyful children. At 39, our kids were opening their worlds to possibilities, and Jo and I were tenaciously building our careers – Jo shaping public education around the country and I running my celebrity/luxury goods photography business – in New Paltz, our little corner of the Hudson Valley. But soon our lives flipped upside down as Jo’s undetected liver condition brought us into hospitals – where we stayed for months before she unexpectedly passed.

Our time in the hospital was shorter than some and longer than others; but no matter when, how, or why you find yourself there, it is an incredibly vulnerable experience. As soon as Jo was hospitalized, I searched far and wide for something that could make her life better; something that would remind her that she had a team rooting for her; something that would reflect her vibrant individuality – but there was nothing. I didn’t need something to brighten her room, I needed something to brighten her morale.

Mike McGregor - Building an Eco-Conscious, Feel Good, Functional Clothing Company in the Wake of Loss
Mike McGregor – Building an Eco-Conscious, Feel Good, Functional Clothing Company in the Wake of Loss

This was the genesis of Janesi Comfort (https://www.janesicomfort.com/) Our luxurious, ethically-sourced and hospital endorsed robes and blankets provide comfort, style, and luxury when it’s needed most – so your loved one can feel support, dignity, comfort, and grace during their most difficult hours.

What makes Janesi Comfort different? We put the patients’ needs first. In my search for the product I found that everything in a hospital setting is made with the hospital in mind; how can it be cheap, forgettable, and replaceable. I made my career selling items with exactly the opposite goals. Why couldn’t we bring the best materials and innovative patient-forward design to the one place where luxury isn’t actually a luxury? It turns out we can.

How did we do that? By redefining what patient comfort looks and feels like.

We worked with award-winning fashion designers to bring style, versatility, and possibility to the hospital, all without compromising medical accessibility and function.

Mike McGregor - Building an Eco-Conscious, Feel Good, Functional Clothing Company in the Wake of Loss
Mike McGregor – Building an Eco-Conscious, Feel Good, Functional Clothing Company in the Wake of Loss

We worked with sustainable fabrics (100% Tencel™ for our gowns; 80% Recycled Cotton and 20% PET for our blankets) to bring supple softness and luxury comfort into your treatment wardrobe.

How does our design make this possible?

Our gowns come in three signature colorways (with more in the works!) and feature:

  • Hidden tear away shoulders (great for breastfeeding mamas, too)
  • Pockets where you want them (articulated to keep items secure when lying prone)
  • Reversible design (can be worn front-to-back and vice versa)
  • Full coverage (so your bum is covered at all times)
  • Adjustable ties (wear a more casual fit one day and a more fitted look the next)
  • Discreet telemetry access ports

Our gowns are so comfortable that customers continue to wear them at home after they’ve recovered.

Our blankets come in 7 different designs (with more in production) and compliment the colors of our comfort robes. Our blankets are:

  • Comfortably weighty (for added warmth)
  • Cut specifically to fit the dimensions of a standard hospital bed (so your team can work bedside without sacrificing your comfort)
  • Double as a shawl for walks and while seated

And you guessed it, customers bring their blankets home following treatment for cuddles and snuggles with family – did we mention pets love them too?!

Mike McGregor - Building an Eco-Conscious, Feel Good, Functional Clothing Company in the Wake of Loss
Mike McGregor – Building an Eco-Conscious, Feel Good, Functional Clothing Company in the Wake of Loss

We think Janesi Comfort would make Jo really happy – she would have loved to make the lives of those living with pain more comfortable. And we’re just getting started –we have more ideas to bring comfort to those suddenly hospitalized, in long-term care, in assisted living, with chronic illness and more. Visit us at https://www.janesicomfort.com. Follow us on Instagram @janesi.comfort (https://www.instagram.com/janesi.comfort/) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/janesi.comfort/) to stay in the loop.

Building an Eco-Conscious, Feel Good, Functional Clothing Company in the Wake of Loss
Building an Eco-Conscious, Feel Good, Functional Clothing Company in the Wake of Loss

Author Bio

Mike McGregor is the founder of Janesi Comfort (https://www.janesicomfort.com) a new company that reimagines comfort & support for those hospitalized or in long-term care – all in honor of his late wife, Jo. Janesi Comfort are pioneers in patient luxury; creating luxurious, ethically-sourced, and hospital approved gowns & blankets that introduce rich possibilities into treatment wardrobes without compromising function. Mike is also NYC-based celebrity portrait photographer (https://www.mikemcgregor.com/) and proud father of two children.