Designer Natalie Chanin has transformed the appeal of handmade clothes into an economic-redevelopment model with her Project Alabama line. Chanin is a former film stylist (she handled costumes) who, while on hiatus in New York City, needed an outfit for a party. That's when she deconstructed and refashioned a T shirt using the quilt-stitching techniques that she learned growing up in the Appalachian foothills of northern Alabama. Individual style soon turned into a high-demand fashion business. She eventually created a line of dresses, skirts, jackets and T shirts, but she couldn't find anyone in New York to hand render her...
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