Sustainable fashion entrepreneur visits Brenau University

Aug 25, 2011
Rudi Kiefer

Natalie Chanin, fashion designer and sustainability advocate, will visit Brenau University on April 14, as part of its Earth Day festivities. She will be speaking at the Burd Center at 10:30 A.M. at an event that is open to the public. Her couture line, Alabama Chanin, has been well regarded in both fashion and environmental circles.

Since 2000, Chanin has made clothing from repurposed and locally sourced materials in her home of Florence, Alabama. All production is done within her community, and her employees range in age from their early 20s to their late 70s. In addition to using local labor, Alabama Chanin also strives to be a zero-waste company. These two factors alone make Chanin stand out from the rest of the fashion industry.

In addition to her career in fashion, she has produced a 22-minute documentary, “Stitch,” about quilting circles in her community. She is also the author of three books-the Alabama Stitch Book, Alabama Studio Style, and the upcoming Alabama Studio Design. These books will be for sale at the event.

Chanin began her career in New York City in 1988, but quickly moved to Europe, spending the 90’s as a stylist and costume designer for film and photography. Chanin has spent the last eleven years honing her business, and is currently featured in a zero-waste fashion exhibition at The Dowse Art Museum in New Zealand.

Rarely do business and sustainability interact so fluidly, and Brenau University is proud to host such a fierce talent.

Earth Day (April 14) events:

  • “Sustainable Business”, Hosch Theater 10:30 a.m.
  • “Sustainable Fashion”, Fashion Lab BCPA 302 2:30 p.m.
  • Book Signing & Reception, Lockett-Mitchell Parlor,
    5 p.m.