Since launching our Ethical Fashion series here on the blog, we have kept our ears to the ground on all things sustainable and ethical as it relates to the fashion industry. We are committed to recognizing those designers and brands unwilling to compromise their eco-conscious standards and luxury quality. Among the designers we have featured thus far, Maiyet, Osklen, Westward Leaning, these two characteristics can in fact be synonymous.
The CFDA partnered with Lexus to establish the Eco Fashion Challenge which recognizes industry leaders in sustainable design. The Award is given to designers who best demonstrate an ecological responsibility and commitment to sustainable design, operation and production. Founded in 2010, previous winners include Costello Tagliapietra, Maria Cornejo, and Monique Péan. Yesterday, the industry’s finest gathered at ABC Kitchen to honor this year’s winner, Natalie Chanin, founder and designer of Alabama Chanin – a line of made-to-order, 100% organic collections designed and produced in Alabama. Runners up included Mark Davis and Svilu’s Britt Cosgrove and Marina Polo.
Former costume designer and stylist Natalie Chanin launched her collection in 2006 after moving back to her hometown Florence, Alabama from New York City. Currently housed in a reclaimed textile factory, Chanin employs a dozen full time employees and thirty independent contractors to fulfill her design vision through sustainable practices. In business for nearly a decade, producing and sourcing in the US, Chanin is committed to supporting her community of seamstresses and quilters while simultaneously delivering a high quality product to her consumer. Proving her eco-conscious ethos is more than just part of the business, Chanin regularly hosts sewing workshops and events at her factory open to everyone.
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