"After almost a decade working as a stylist and designer in Vienna, Austria, Natalie 'Alabama' Chanin found herself back in the USA and in search of something special to wear to a New York City event. She found a novel way of attacking this eternal girlie dilemma by deconstructing a t-shirt, then hand-stitching it back together with the seams on the outside and some appliques on the front.'I found that it had been a very long time since I had made something with my own two hands,' says Chanin. 'That process of making rather than buying excited me. I got up the next morning and started making another shirt, then the next day another, and the next day another.'"