Home Grown: Natalie Chanin Cultivates a New Denim Line

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There's nothing more American than a good pair of blue jeans—or so one might think. With all the fancy washes and foreign manufacturers out there, the art of denim has become a bit separated from its roots. Enter Alabama Denim, a new line debuting this month that is "grown-to-sewn" in the USA. Made of 100% organic cotton and completely hand-sewn, the fabric itself is dyed naturally with real indigo in collaboration with Goods of Conscience, an organization that provides work for the disadvantaged.
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Owner and designer Natalie Chanin is no stranger to artisan work—her Alabama Chanin lifestyle brand is a constantly changing collection of handmade, limited-edition products like tees, jewelry, and home decorations all made by local Florence, Alabama craftsmen. Chanin herself specializes in quilting and stitching techniques from the depression-era South. Her signature skilled embellishments add a special quality to the stylish denim jackets, dresses, and wrapskirts in the collection, which are decorated with meticulous stiching patterns. What could be a more fitting way to show your patriotism?

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