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A Natural Fit
Summer-ready pieces inspired by the Southwest.
Photo by Adam Ryan Morris; props courtesy of Relics Vintage Rentals

Lynn Waite, pictured, opened her Shorewood shop Min’s in late 2012. It wasn’t until this spring, though, that she decided to ramp up production of her own designs. The result is an amplified version of her Evelyn M. collection that includes linen cropped jackets in Japanese patterns, simple sheath dresses, a long blue car coat, and a bevy of tops with a variety of hand-stitched embellishments. “It’s all about the fabric,” Waite says of the natural materials that are breathable and sturdy. 

It gets better: The garments are sewn and assembled by a group of four local women and a man who, for various reasons, had fallen on hard times. It’s an initiative Waite started when she wanted to expand her Evelyn M. offerings and realized she knew people in need. Waite says she’s “trying to provide a venue” for these people who want to supplement their incomes and love to sew, paying them between $10 and $18 an hour. She hopes one day it “can turn into something they can truly make a living at.”  

1. White square faux-leather bag in cognac, $49 at McNabb & Risley. 2. Heels by Apt. 9, $59.99 at kohls.com. 3. Vavoom Gillie wedge sandals by 2 Lips Too Too, $79 at kohls.com. 4 . Distressed leather bag, $148 at Min’s. 5. Classics in denim embroidered by TOMS, $54 at MOdE. 6. Felted rabbit fur hat in tan by Evelyn M., $138 at Min’s. 7. Felted rabbit fur hat in green by Evelyn M., $138 at Min’s. 8. Desert wedges in taupe by TOMS, $94 at MOdE. 9. Bag by Yosi Samra, $200 at Min’s. 10. Sabina bag in cognac, $120 at MOdE.

On Waite: Shirt by Equipment, $218 at Min’s. Beaded leaf-drop necklace, $165 at MOdE. Gold arrow necklace, $120 at MOdE. Coat by Evelyn M., $168 at Min’s. Distressed leather belt, $98 at Min’s. Scarf by Lulla, $88 at Min’s. Skirt by Evelyn M., $138 at Min’s. Bracelet with granite stone, $30 at MOdE. Leather bracelet in brown, $42 at Min’s. Leather bracelet in red, $42 at Min’s. Organic stone ring, $89 at Stephanie Horne Boutique. Peep-Toe Shooties by Candie’s, $34.99 at kohls.com. Hair by Amanda Berg (Neroli Salon & Spa). Makeup by Ashley Erbe (Neroli Salon & Spa).

This article appears in the May 2014 issue of Milwaukee Magazine. 
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