Natalie Chanin

Natalie “Alabama” Chanin is owner and designer of the American couture line Alabama Chanin and author of Alabama Stitch Book (STC – February 2008), Alabama Studio Style (STC – March 2010) and Alabama Studio Sewing + Design (STC – Spring 2012).
Alabama Chanin’s Natalie Chanin on Working Her Own Organic Cotton Fields
Alabama Chanin’s Natalie Chanin on Working Her Own Organic Cotton Fields

Walking the talk in sustainable fashion. Last week, the Alabama Chanin team, along with our friends Lisa and Jimmy, took to the organic cotton field  we share with the team from Billy Reid. With rubber boots, loppers, and gloves in hand, we were there helping our organic cotton bolls survive […]

Natalie Chanin: Sewing for Humankind
Natalie Chanin: Sewing for Humankind

ColumnNatalie Chanin’s bi-weekly column, Material Witness, offers a seasoned designer’s perspective on the fashion industry, textile history and what happens when love for community trumps all. There was a time not so long ago on humanity’s calendar that sewing was not considered “women’s work,” but rather a tool for survival. […]

Natalie Chanin: Punks & Pirates
Natalie Chanin: Punks & Pirates

ColumnNatalie Chanin’s bi-weekly column, Material Witness, offers a seasoned designer’s perspective on the fashion industry, textile history and what happens when love for community trumps all. I never really thought much about what punks, pirates, and the Spanish Armada had to do with farmers markets or sustainable life until I […]

Natalie Chanin: Board by Board
Natalie Chanin: Board by Board

ColumnNatalie Chanin’s bi-weekly column, Material Witness, offers a seasoned designer’s perspective on the fashion industry, textile history and what happens when love for community trumps all. This is a conversation that played out in my head countless times this last week: “I need to sit down and write the EcoSalon […]

Natalie Chanin: Building Family
Natalie Chanin: Building Family

ColumnNatalie Chanin’s bi-weekly column, Material Witness, offers a seasoned designer’s perspective on the fashion industry, textile history and what happens when love for community trumps all. Last year, Alabama Chanin was included in the Starbucks campaign: Stories are Gifts – Share. See the video below. We met some lovely new […]

Natalie Chanin: A Trip of One’s Own
Natalie Chanin: A Trip of One’s Own

ColumnNatalie Chanin’s bi-weekly column, Material Witness, offers a seasoned designer’s perspective on the fashion industry, textile history and what happens when love for community trumps all. “I can’t believe that I am doing this.” Wait. Laugh. Repeat. These were the words I kept echoing over and over again as I […]

Natalie Chanin: From Field to Fashion
Natalie Chanin: From Field to Fashion

ColumnNatalie Chanin’s bi-weekly column, Material Witness, offers a seasoned designer’s perspective on the fashion industry, textile history and what happens when love for community trumps all. I have always believed that as human beings, we are all born designers. We decorate our notebooks in grade school and our lockers in […]

Natalie Chanin: Pound For Pound
Natalie Chanin: Pound For Pound

ColumnNatalie Chanin’s bi-weekly column, Material Witness, offers a seasoned designer’s perspective on the fashion industry, textile history and what happens when love for community trumps all. I am pissed. It doesn’t happen often, but, it does happen. I grew up in cotton country. My mother and her sisters picked cotton […]