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. Two Fridays ago, we asked for reader questions for this week's column. I am grateful for all the...

Natalie Chanin is owner and designer of the American couture line Alabama Chanin and author of three books including Alabama Stitch Book (2008), Alabama Studio Style (2010) and the upcoming Alabama Studio Sewing + Design which comes out spring 2012. Look for her bi-weekly column, Material...

in an Alabama Chanin garment. And, I can't tell you how proud that makes me – but I hope that she will also wear the piece while she is alive. Wear it a lot. Because the true beauty of our garments lies in the fact that they grow more beautiful with each wearing. Natalie Chanin is owner and...

Then, the next time someone offers you a t-shirt that isn't organically grown, don't accept it, get pissed, and ask, "Why would I want that?" Natalie Chanin is owner and designer of the American couture line Alabama Chanin and author of three books including Alabama Stitch Book (2008),...

What if we did this for fashion – what would it look like? Natalie Chanin is owner and designer of the American couture line Alabama Chanin and author of three books including Alabama Stitch Book (2008), Alabama Studio Style (2010) and the upcoming Alabama Studio Sewing + Design which...

If I can give my daughter one piece of advice, I will tell her to slow down, be calm, and wait. Good things – like good design – take time and good friends are worth waiting for. Natalie Chanin is owner and designer of the American couture line Alabama Chanin and author of three books...

Sometimes the best gift we can give is one we give to ourselves. I know this may sound trite, but sometimes a woman (a mother, a designer, an entrepreneur, a girl) just needs a trip of one's own. Natalie Chanin is owner and designer of the American couture line Alabama Chanin and author of...

So last night I was invited to a listening party for Ciara's new album, " One Woman Army." Ever the gracious host, Ciara danced to her tracks, all the while greeting guests and snapping pix with attendees and friends like Lala Anthony, L.A. Reid, Jermaine Dupri, and more. When I told...

But if money and space were freely available, with no limitations whatsoever, how would your dream closet take shape? One woman in Houston, Texas, has more or less constructed the dream closet that was bigger than the wildest construction our imaginations could house. Did your dream closet...

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. Two Fridays ago, we asked for reader questions for this week's column. I am grateful for all the...

 

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