Alabama Chanin

Designer Natalie Chanin: DIY "Imparts Love" in a Way Buying Can't

Photo by Olivia Rae James “To me, the beauty of a quilt or a dress lies within the stitches and the thought of the person who made them. When you spend time making something with…

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Alabama Chanin Starts Natural Dye Facility, Relaunches Indigo Line

ALABAMA BLUES The do-it-yourself route was partly born out of necessity. Several of Alabama Chanin’s go-to dye houses have shuttered over the years, making it increasingly…

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Patagonia Debuts Upcycled "Truth to Materials" Capsule Line

TRUTH TELLING “Truth to Materials is about discovering the origin of a material and staying as true to that as possible during every step of design and manufacturing,” he…

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Alabama Chanin Wins 2013 CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge

From left: Natalie Chanin, Mark Davis, Britt Cosgrove, and Marina Polo Natalie Chanin is finally receiving the industry-wide recognition she deserves. The sustainability pioneer,…

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14 American Designers Tell Us What "Made in the U.S.A." Means to Them

BRITT HOWARD (PORTLAND GARMENT FACTORY) Made in America means considering the entire creative process from concept to production. Being conscience of the true impact manufacturing has…

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CFDA Designers Customize "You Can't Fake Fashion" Bags for Charity

THE REAL DEAL You Can’t Fake Fashion is a joint initiative by the CFDA and eBay to raise awareness about counterfeit goods by celebrating original design. You Can’t Fake…

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Duchess Kate's Design Award, Vena Cava x Alabama Chanin, Nike Pays Up

The Alexander McQueen bridal gown that Duchess Catherine wore on her wedding day has been nominated for a Design of the Year Award. (Telegraph) After years of negotiations, Nike is…

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Fur Coats for Cubs, High Fashion's Gray Market, It's All Walmart's Fault

Don’t know what to do with Gran’s old fur coat? Donate it to Buffalo Exchange’s “Coats for Cubs” program, which turns used furs into bedding for orphaned…

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NYC SAMPLE SALE: Fashion Girls for Japan Feat. Loomstate, Organic, Project Alabama, EDUN

100 percent of the proceeds from sales will benefit the Red Cross, Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, and NYC’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Funds. Bowery…

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10 Eco-Chic Ways to Wear Green on St. Patrick's Day

KISS ME, I’M IRISH You don’t have to be Irish to feel a little Celtic this St. Patrick’s Day. Kick celebrations into high gear by wearing some green, both literally…

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CFDA, Lexus Announce 10 Finalists of Eco-Fashion Challenge

Photo by Monique Péan The Council of Fashion Designers of America and automaker Lexus have announced the 10 finalists of their inaugural Eco-Fashion Challenge, a competition designed…

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Refresh Your Wardrobe With Alabama Chanin's DIY Circle-Spiral Appliqué

When Natalie Chanin first started crafting as a girl in the late 1960s, she used fusible adhesive to create all manner of iron-on appliqués. “I vividly recall cutting out apple,…

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NYC EVENT: Why Design Now? at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Garments and fabrics from Alabama Chanin will be featured under “Prosperity.” Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present the fourth exhibition in the National Design…

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Does the Art of Craft and Handmade Matter in Fashion?

Natalie Chanin, owner and designer of Alabama Chanin Contemporary dialogues regarding sustainability often focus on chemicals, materials, improved design, and manufacturing…

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Lacoste Saves Endangered Croc, Mining Braces for Gold, Farm in a Backpack

Lacoste is spending $500,000 over the next three years to help preserve the crocodile that inspired its iconic logo, more specifically the Gange gharial crocodile, of which only 1,400…

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7 Eco-Chic Vegan Gifts With a Conscience

Animal-friendly doesn’t always translate to planet-friendly (ahoy, PVC!), but vegans strive to lead mindful lives based on ethics and compassion, so incorporating environmental…

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