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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 12.22.2014 – 12.27.2014


“As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.”  – Donald E. Westlake

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, December 22 – Saturday, December 27:

As Christmas inches closer, the to-do list grows and, somehow, the gift list, too. Avoid the lines and give the gift of an Alabama Chanin digital gift card with just the click of a button. Simply specify the email address you would like to send the card to, add a special note, and – just like that – one more amazing gift and one less thing on the to-do list.

This week we will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as we celebrate the joys of life, love, and holiday with our immediate families, the Alabama Chanin family, and our extended family all across the globe.

We will be open during regular shop hours on Friday, December 26, and continuing with the holiday spirit, we will hold our much anticipated annual Inventory Sale both in-store and online, starting on Friday, December 26th.

Make post-holiday plans to visit us at The Factory:
462 Lane Drive,
Florence, AL 35630

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Find year-end savings at our annual Inventory Sale,
both in-store and online, starting on Friday, December 26th.

One-of-a-kind pieces, specialty fabrics, and a selection of accessories and books—all first-come, first-served.

Make post-holiday plans to visit us at The Factory:
462 Lane Drive
Florence, AL 35630

Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Check back daily for new additions and growing savings each day:
Through Friday Midnight–30%
Through Sunday Midnight–40%
Through Monday Midnight–50%
Through Tuesday Midnight–60%
Through Wednesday Midnight–70%

As always, please contact us if you have any questions: orders [at], or call +1.256.760.1090



We are so grateful for everyone who has joined us for Saturday Brunch at the Factory Café and welcome you to stop by this Saturday for our fourth installment.

This week, we are featuring holiday dishes such as Sweet Potato and Apple Latkes, and our (already) popular French Toast. View our Saturday menu here or check out our menu board below.

Saturday Store Hours: 10am – 4pm
Café Hours: 11am – 2pm

The Factory Store + Café
462 Lane Drive
Florence, Alabama 35630

Call us: +1.256.760.1090 or email office (at)


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Register by December 24th for this One-Day Sewing workshop and receive 25% off this intimate, limited-seating workshop inside the Alabama Chanin shop at Billy Reid in Austin, Texas.

Sign up here.

More about the workshop:

Our One-Day Sewing Workshop @ Austin, Texas will take place at our Pop-Up Store inside the Billy Reid shop in Austin, Texas. The day includes discussion of the physics of sewing, reverse appliqué, garment construction, and an overview of other Alabama Chanin techniques. Work with Natalie Chanin to create a hand-sewn project from a selection of kits available from our Studio Book Series.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
1122 W. 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78703

The discounted rate of $356 includes workshop, materials, instruction, lunch, laughter, and fellowship.

For more information, contact: workshops (at), or call: +1.256.760.1090 Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm CST



Give the gift of membership to the Southern Foodways Alliance and give the gift of Gravy (plus so much more). And download the new Gravy podcast (for free) for your own weekly goodness.

—excerpted from Gravy 53: Food and Social Justice, page 42 

John Earl Reese, shot while dancing in a café in Mayflower, Texas, October 2, 1955.

Not for the wound, not for the bullet,
++power’s pale cowardice, but
for you, for the three full syllables
++of your name we hold whole
as a newborn by the feet, and so
++for the cry, the first note, the key
So every word to follow, the timbre,
++The tone, the voice that could sing
Nat King Cole’s “If I May,” and slow
++dance the flip side, the blossoms
fallen like a verdict to the jury’s lips,
++not to the blood or the broken
glass or the spiders silking juke-box
++wires in a junkman’s shed,
but the fingers’ heat still on the dime
++when it slides to the switch,
the lamp on the platter, the groove
++that tells the needle what to say,
and the pine boards of the café floor
++once moved by the locusts’ moan
now warm as a guitar’s wood, revived
++with all the prayers of songs, Amens
that flame when a blues turns bright,
++not for what was lost, but what
was lived, what is written here,
++in the night, in vinyl, in the air,
for the bead of sweat at the hair’s deckle,
++the evening star in the trees,
soda-pop sugar wild on your tongue and
++for the tongue telling Saturday night
something of Sunday morning, fluent
++as a mockingbird, and for the hand
that opens as if in praise, as if in prayer,
++asking for another to fill it there,
for the smile and for the smile of skin
++behind the ear where love might lip its name,
for you, if we may, pull back the arm
++and start the music once again.

Jake Adam York (1972-2012) was a poet from Glencoe, Alabama, whose work often focused on the civil rights movement in the American South. “Inscription for Air” was originally published in Abide, copyright 2014 by the Estate of Jake Adam York. Reproduced by permission of Southern Illinois University Press. The SFA thanks Sarah Skeen, Joe York, and Southern Illinois University Press. PHOTO BY Mike Garofalo.



It may be cliché to say, “I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas.” But, truthfully, I can’t. Once again, the holiday is upon me before I’ve had enough time to even drop a card in the mail. While I am sure you are all completely prepared, here are some options for last-minute gifts—just in case. While we practice slow design, we do have the ability to ship some items quickly. Each of these gift options have been made either here at The Factory, locally, or regionally. They are ready to be packed with care and shipped right to your door.




Harald Stoffers has been writing letters every day for over twenty years. Long ones. Short ones. Tall ones. Skinny ones. Some of them measure over ten feet high; others are only a few inches tall. Occasionally, he tears them apart. Most of them are addressed to his mother with the loving words, “Liebe Mutti” (Dear Mother), though he rarely sends them to her.

The substance of the letters varies from the banal activities and formalities of daily life—like what he is planning to wear the next day or the price of a cup of coffee—to personal thoughts and reflections. Most of the text is legible, but Stoffer’s process of writing and line-making sometimes obliterates what he has already written. At times the individual letters might be written so closely together that they become clouds of black ink.


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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 12.15.2014 – 12.20.2014


“We don’t beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully.”
– Randy Pausch

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, December 15 – Saturday, December 20:

Available for a short time at specially discounted prices, find our three brand new DIY Kits in the DIY Gift Guide.

Shop our Evergreen Collection for one-of-a-kind hand dyed garments, all available for a limited time.

We have also just added an exciting special on one of our most popular garments, the Organic Cotton Poncho. For a limited time, buy three ponchos and save 25%. Check out these and other special gift ideas in our Holiday Shop.

Give the Gift of Craftsy and save on Natalie’s Hand-Embellishing Knit Fabric online class on, as well as on our Craftsy Bundle, which includes all the materials required to complete Vogue Pattern 1263 from the Donna Karan Collection.

Now is the time to sign up for our 2015 Swatch of the Month Club. Sample a variety of our techniques and designs and receive ready-to-sew organic cotton jersey, along with detailed instructions to guide you.

Stay tuned for our Last Minute Gift Guide, coming this Tuesday, December 16.

Store Hours
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturdays, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Please note our upcoming Holiday Hours:
• We will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas day to spend time with our families and spread the holiday cheer
• We will be open with regular store hours on December 26
• On New Year’s Eve we will close at 2:00pm
• We will be closed on New Year’s Day

Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

Join us for brunch at The Factory Café this, and every Saturday, and enjoy our fresh, seasonal offerings.

Join us for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy our fresh, seasonal offerings.

Just in time for holiday celebrations, we now have freshly baked whole cakes available to purchase for $38 each from The Factory Café. Please give at least a 24-hour notice when placing your order.

Also, don’t forget to check out our ready-to-go items like fresh ciabatta bread, pimento cheese, and our soup of the day.

Café Hours
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am, but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”
― A.A. Milne

We’re serving up fresh biscuits with local honey for brunch today (yes, it’s 12-13-14), and every Saturday, at The Factory Café.

Saturday Store Hours: 10am – 4pm
Café Hours: 11am – 2pm

The Factory Store + Café
462 Lane Drive
Florence, Alabama 35630

Call us: +1.256.760.1090 or email office (at)

P.S.: Whisper the secret code “12-13-14″ for a special café treat.