Official Blog of the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Supporting Women all over the World Through Fashion

by Bette Benson (LACIS Social Media/Outreach Intern, BA, LACIS, Pol Sci, & Intl Stud ’15)


Williamson street’s Change Fair Trade Fashion is a fair trade women’s boutique that was recently highlighted by the Wisconsin State Journal. Nikki Anderson, Change Fair Trade Fashion’s founder, has a developed a close connection to the University of Wisconsin, in particular with the retail and apparel design program. Carolyn Kallenborn, UW-Madison associate professor of design studies and LACIS core faculty member spoke about that connection:

“Change (Boutique) has hosted a design contest where our students created designs (that) best work with fabric that Change brought to us from a sewing cooperative in Africa.

The goal was to create designs that would be appealing to the Madison market and could be made within the price range of the store. My class devoted a full project to the challenge, and about 20 designs were presented. We had a fashion show at Change with all of the student designs. Winners were picked and through a three-year process are now being produced in a fair trade non-profit in Vietnam, and the dresses are now on sale in the store. I love that they named the garments after the students that designed them. The Kayla, The Daniel and the Stephanie.”

Read more about Nikki, Carolyn and Change Fair Fashion HERE

Visit Change Boutique at 1252 Williamson St. Check the website, for hours or to shop online!