On this special, live episode, Mary and Emma talk with Natalie Chanin, the founder and creative director of Alabama Chanin, about sustainability in the clothing industry. Natalie shares with us how difficult it is to maintain a small business that has grown into something much bigger and the conversations she has to endure to create balance.
11:00 - An introduction to Natalie and the trajectory of her career
14:40 - Natalie’s documentary, Stitch
18:00 - Issues in the fashion industry
21:00 - A reflection on food and clothing in past generations
28:00 - How Natalie has held on to older customs and techniques in her business
36:00 - Overcoming hardships as a sustainable business
43:45 - How community ties into Alabama Chanin
51:00 - Shifts of the fashion industry
58:00 - What is Natalie’s favorite piece of her brand to wear?
1:03:00 - Do you see a good future for more organic textile production in the US?
1:06:20 - Connection between Alabama Chanin and The Good Dirt
1:07:46 - Certifications and small businesses
1:13:00 - How often do you rotate your wardrobe?
1:14:30 - What is it that Natalie wants people to know about her work?