Natalie Chanin

Meet the 10 Finalists of the CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative

Cocktail hour began earlier than usual Wednesday morning when the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Lexus (yes, the auto-maker) announced the 10 inaugural finalists of the…

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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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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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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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Project Alabama Relaunches for Spring 2011 Under New Leadership

When Natalie “Alabama” Chanin launched Project Alabama in 2000, the concept of a community-based fashion label, crafted locally by hand, was at once revelation and…

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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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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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