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Milwaukee designer champions sustainable fashion

Madam Chino

Milwaukee native Vanessa Andrew has been making handmade clothing from recycled materials under the name Madam Chino since 2003. Her hip garments are made-to-order from recycled T-shirts.

“It’s an empowering feeling to create something from nothing.”

Along with her online shop, Andrew sells her one-of-a-kind fashion designs and housewares at an eco-chic boutique of the same name on North Palmer Street in Brewers Hill. Madam Chino provides alterations, repairs and community sewing classes to extend the life of clothing.

“It’s a great way to keep clothing out of the waste stream,” said Andrew.

Rebecca Konya

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