Tess Schuster will help raise money for Pelotonia, not by pedaling but by peddling.

Tess Schuster will help raise money for Pelotonia, not by pedaling but by peddling.

The 2005 Coffman High School graduate and three other Miami University graduates launched Libre in the basement of her father's Muirfield home. The company started selling clothing made for dialysis and chemotherapy patients last year and next month will host a fashion show, with proceeds to benefit the Pelotonia cycling fundraiser for cancer.

The company founded by Schuster, Megan Stengel, Mandy Eckman and Bethany Skaff has expanded from its initial button-up Oxford shirt with a zipper hidden in the arm of the shirt for easy access for dialysis.

"Now we offer five different styles in multiple colors, which is really exciting," Schuster said. "We're sold out of a lot of different things."

The first ideas were for easy access to the arm, Schuster said, but the company has added a zipper to the chest area and easy-to-remove pants.

"Nurses and patients have been asking us for pants," she said. "We want to give our customers what they want."

The company, which still works out of the Muirfield basement, puts a lot of importance on customers.

In fact, Schuster will meet one customer this week as she travels to New York for a wedding.

"She bought a sweatshirt online, but it was too big. Instead of returning it, she gave it to someone at her center and bought herself another one," she said.

When the New York customer calls, Schuster often spends at least 20 minutes catching up.

"It's cool to have a connection with our customers," she said.

Giving to a cycling event that is working to end cancer seemed like a gesture that customers would appreciate, Schuster said.

"When our customers buy from us, a big thing we do is give back to different partners," she said, noting the James cancer hospital as one partner.

The idea to support Pelotonia riders initially came after Schuster talked about the event with her brother-in-law.

"My brother-in-law has ridden in Pelotonia," she said. "It supports the James, so I thought, 'We can do a show.'"

The fashion show, slated for 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 11 at Harrison Park Clubhouse, 598 W. First St., Columbus, will include clothing from Libre and from some Columbus boutiques.

"Patients from the James will be modeling our clothing," Schuster said. "Pelotonia riders will be modeling clothing. We're talking to Tigertree, Milk Bar and Cheesecake (Boutique)."

Local restaurants and businesses, such as Due Amici, Katzingers and the Minerva Golf Course, have donated items for a raffle; Raising Cane's will provide food.

Tickets to the fashion show are $20 and include food, drinks and entertainment. "Every penny from tickets go to Pelotonia," Schuster said. "As long as it's a success, I'd like to do it next year. It'll be a fun event, and you can support Pelotonia riders."

To purchase tickets online, go to libreclothing.com/events.