Fabric swatches in development for Alabama Chanin Fall 2020 Collection (coming soon).

“A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.” – Diana Vreeland

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, or the CFDA, was founded in 1962 by Eleanor Lambert, who had a prolific career and impact on American fashion that spanned over 75 years. A celebration of American designers and fashion, the CFDA (a not-for-profit trade association) leads several philanthropic initiatives and honors American designers in their yearly CFDA Awards with a mission to strengthen the impact of American fashion in the global economy. In 2003, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund was created in response to 9/11 and how the crisis impacted emerging talent. At the onset of COVID-19 earlier this year, they repurposed the fund into “A Common Thread, a fundraiser to aid fashion businesses most impacted by the pandemic.

In 2009, Natalie was a semi-finalist for their prestigious Fashion Fund Award, and in 2013 she won their Eco-Fashion Challenge that identifies and celebrates American designers working in the realm of sustainable fashion. She has been a longtime member of the CFDA.

This week, in anticipation of the launch of their new digital platform, RUNWAY360, we share a bit of background on the CFDA and take a look into the archives of Natalie’s involvement with the organization. Look for Alabama Chanin on RUNWAY360 tomorrow.

“Our mission is to strengthen the impact of American fashion in the global economy”: About the CFDA


The CFDA Fashion Awards

From the Archives:

“Meet the 2009 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists: Alabama Chanin”; Vogue, 2009

”CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge Award”; The Journal, 2013

”Eco-Fashion Tour De Force Natalie Chanin Has The CFDA In Her Corner”; Elle, 2013

“Alabama Chanin Chanin Wins This Year’s CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge”; Fashionista, 2013

“Natalie Chanin on Art, Artisans and Made in America”; CFDA 2017

“CFDA Loves Sustainability: Alabama Chanin”; CFDA, 2018

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@ Alabama Chanin

Explore our new capsule collection of Reclaimed Down Accessories in partnership with Patagonia, alongside sustainable Alabama Chanin pieces.

Look for a Collection update tomorrow in anticipation of our upcoming Fall Collection.

Read Vogue’s recent story “How the #WFH Movement Could Reshape Fashion”featuring an interview with Natalie.

@ The School of Making

Our 100% organic medium-weight cotton jersey fabric has been restocked. Find fabric by the yard and offered in precut and stenciled in our DIY Kits.

@ The Factory

Due to COVID-19, The Factory is open by appointment only. Guests are required to wear face masks throughout the duration of their appointments and we have masks available if needed. Until further notice, we will be checking temperatures for all guests, team members, and anyone entering The Factory. Should you have any questions about our safety procedures, please reach out during our store hours Monday – Friday from 10am – 2pm.   

Schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with our sales team.   

Catherine Counts
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Contact us to learn more about local same-day delivery on select pieces, or with any other questions.  

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