Alabama Chanin: 21 Years of Sustainability

Alabama Chanin - Charles Moore Collaboration, 2008

Charles Moore Collaboration, 2008

Inspired by the work of famed Civil Rights photographer Charles Moore, a native of The Shoals and Natalie’s neighbor, a collection of garments is designed for Fall/Winter 2008.

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Alabama Chanin - Alabama Stitch Book, 2008

Alabama Stitch Book, 2008

Alabama Stitch Book publishes in the spring of 2008. Focusing on the use of recycled t-shirts as the basis for a collection of 20 projects, the publication is the first in what is to become the Studio Book Series.

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Alabama Chanin - Gary Graham, 2009

Gary Graham, 2009

Natalie meets Gary Graham in 2009 when they are both finalists for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Following the Los Angeles fashion show at Chateau Marmont, Natalie and Gary bond on the balcony of Thomas Keller’s Bouchon restaurant.    From Gary: "I remember being on the balcony of Thomas Keller's Bouchon restaurant in L.A., with Natalie back in 2009 as part of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists; it was a very glamorous setting. We were alone, and she said to me, "I don't think they are really that interested in what I'm doing.” At the time, I was struck by how...

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Alabama Chanin - CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, 2009

CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, 2009

Named, for a second time, as one of ten finalists for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, Natalie and Alabama Chanin compete alongside Flora Gill and Alexa Adams of Ohne Titel, Patrik Ervell, Sophie Theallet, Waris Ahluwalia of House of Waris, Wayne Lee of Wayne, George Esquivel of Esquivel Shoes, Gary Graham, Monique Péan, and Simon Spurr of Spurr for the final prize of the 2009 competition. Peter Stanglmayr's photograph of Natalie with her young daughter, Maggie, appears in an interview with Florence Kane of Vogue in a series profiling the 2009 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists. Our friend and collaborator Sara Martin gifts Natalie a...

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Alabama Chanin - Goods of Conscience Collaboration, 2009

Goods of Conscience Collaboration, 2009

Alabama Chanin creates a limited collection of “Alabama Denim,” indigo dyed in the basement of a church in Brooklyn by Goods of Conscience. Founded by priest Father Andrew O’Connor, the non-profit organization seeks to offer economic stability and further enrich the lives of weavers in Guatemala. The cotton fabric is colored using natural indigo-dyeing processes. All garments bear a “disclaimer”: “The color blue will rub from the fabric and slightly color the skin of the wearer. In many cultures, this process of coloring was considered a blessing of the body.” Learn more about Goods of Conscience and follow along @goodsofconscience. ...

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Alabama Chanin - Ceremony, 2008

Ceremony, 2008

Alabama Chanin produces an exhibition, “Ceremony,” in collaboration with Robert Rausch and Angie Mosier, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. 

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Alabama Chanin - From Lovelace Crossroads to The Factory, 2007

From Lovelace Crossroads to The Factory, 2007

A year after the founding of Alabama Chanin, the design and production studios move from the three-bedroom house at Lovelace Crossroads to The Factory.

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Alabama Chanin - Collaborations, 2004–2006

Collaborations, 2004–2006

From the first collaborations with Lola Schnabel and Fernando Sanchez, Project Alabama initiated multiple collaborations from 2004 to 2006. Artists and designers like Chi Modu, Elliott Puckett, Eva Whitechapel, Hugo Guinness, Michael and Nicole Colovos of Habitual, Michi Meko, Rob Ryan, Studio Job, and Tomas Maier partner on stencil designs, garment shapes, and collection pieces.   Chi Modu passed away on May 19, 2021 in Summit, New Jersey.   Learn more about Chi Modu’s extraordinary life and work and follow @chimodu. Explore Elliott Puckette’s work here. Explore Hugo Guinness’ work here. Explore more of Project Alabama’s collaborations through these entries (listed...

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Alabama Chanin - Online Store and Journal, 2006

Online Store and Journal, 2006

In 2006, Natalie and the Alabama Chanin team build and launch a small online store along with a new weblog called the “Alabama Chanin Journal.”  

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Alabama Chanin - Future Fashion, 2007

Future Fashion, 2007

Leslie Hoffman of Earth Pledge asks Natalie to write a short paper for inclusion in their Future Fashion White Papers.

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