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Christine Fromm of Fromm Designs

MapHighland, NY
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  • Environmentally Friendly Clothing Designer


Recycled garb takes on new pizazz with Fromm’s one-of-a-kind designs. During her childhood in Germany, she studied tailoring and pattern making and first caught the designing bug from her European grandmother. “She would take old adult coats and redesign them into beautiful ones for kids — and even make little coats for the dogs with the leftover fabric,” she recalls. After coming to the U.S. and working with designers in Manhattan, Fromm moved north, and focused on expanding her collection of unique creations. Recycled wool, cashmere, mohair sweaters — all are transformed into women’s dresses, skirts, coats, and hats, many with a scarf to complete the outfit. “I use every bit of the material; I’m really into it,” she says. Along with her distinctive garments, Fromm creates special keepsakes: “If a loved one has passed on, I can take some of their sweaters, for instance, and make them into a lovely blanket to remember them by.” Some of Fromm’s outfits are sold at Eden Boutique in New Paltz, and her designs are featured at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival each October.

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2013 Editors' Pick-- Best Environmentally Friendly Clothing Designer

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Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2013
County: Ulster
Pick: Editors' Picks
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