Eco Friendly Designers Natalie Chanin and Monique Pean Are 2009 CFDA/Vogue Finalists!


Congratulations to Natalie Chanin and her line, Alabama Chanin and Monique Pean for being among the top ten finalists recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue Magazine.

“The ten finalists we selected are a talented, diverse group, who are building healthy independent businesses in challenging times.” –Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief, Vogue

The winner (and two runners-up) will be announced at a gala dinner in NYC on November 16, 2009

Natalie Chanin wearing and holding her designs, which are hand-sewn by women from their homes in the American Southeast.

Here is the complete list of finalists:

ALABAMA CHANIN – Natalie Chanin

ESQUIVEL SHOES – George Esquivel

GARY GRAHAM – Gary Graham

HOUSE OF WARIS – Waris Ahluwalia

MONIQUE PEAN – Monique Péan

OHNE TITEL – Flora Gill and Alexa Adams

PATRIK ERVELL – Patrik Ervell

SOPHIE THEALLET – Sophie Theallet

SPURR – Simon Spurr

WAYNE – Wayne Lee

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.