After reading yesterday about the role and ethics of photojournalism (an oft-discussed topic here at Groundswell) it’s opportune to hear news of the new Alabama Chanin line. The eco-fashion studio is currently showing for Fall/Winter ’08 at LF8 Studio in New York City alongside civil rights photographer Charles Moore‘s work. Designer Natalie Chanin chose to create this season’s work as an “homage to Charles and all of the people of this nation who stood – and walked – together for change.” Alabama Chanin uniquely focuses:
not only on sustainable textiles, but also on preserving the traditional crafts techniques of rural America. Working with artisans in Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi, where the civil rights movement was born, their mission is to create treasured life-long clothing steeped in history, but with a “contemporary design aesthetic”.
Alabama Chanin is also showing with Italian accessory designer Henry Beguelin, whose handmade work makes use of recycled materials.