Category Archives: TRAVEL + OTHER NEWS

NEWSLETTER #17

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Newsletter #17 features our One-of-a-Kind Indigo, a selection of hand-dyed garments. We also have new products like our A. Chanin Racerback Tunic and DIY Pig Apron.

For Father’s Day, we have a selection of gifts for dad, discounted through the week. Our Friends of the Cafe Dinner featuring Chris Hastings this Thursday at The Factory also makes a great Father’s Day present. You can purchase tickets here.

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xo Natalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

 

MAKESHIFT 2014: A RECAP

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Two weeks ago, our team left New York feeling excited and energized—and with the conversation at The Standard the night before fresh on our minds. This was the third annual Makeshift, held in New York each spring during Design Week. Over the years the conversation has shifted—but our goal of learning how certain themes cross industries (and how they learn from each other and work together) stays the same.

Makeshift began as a conversation about the intersection of the disciplines of design, craft, art, fashion, and DIY—and, on a bigger level, using this intersection as an agent of change in the world. Since then, we’ve explored making as individuals, and how making as a group can open conversations, build communities, and help us co-design a future that is filled with love and promise—for planet, community, and one another.

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MAKESHIFT 2014

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MAKESHIFT began three years ago as a conversation about the intersection of the disciplines of design, craft, art, fashion, and DIY—and, on a bigger level, using this intersection as an agent of change in the world. Since then, we’ve explored making as individuals, and how making as a group can open conversations and build communities.

For MAKESHIFT 2014, we have once again partnered with Standard Talks in New York to host the conversation, and will cover a range of topics, including raw materials, craft, fashion, global communities, food, and the act of making. 2014 James Beard award-winning chef Ashley Christensen will also participate in the discussion, helping answer the question: What can design learn from food?

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MAKESHIFT POP-UP SHOP + ALLISON MOORER

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We are in New York City this week for our third year of the MAKESHIFT initiative. MAKESHIFT is, at its core, a conversation about the intersections of fashion, design, craft, and food, and how each discipline can better work together to elevate those principles.

Alabama Chanin has set up shop at our friend Lisa Fox’s beautiful East Village store, lf8, for the month of May. lf8 (elevate) is also featuring the work of photographer Mary Ellen Mark, as well as a special performance piece by musician and friend Allison Moorer. Event details are as follows:

Store Hours
Tuesday – Sunday
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Closed Mondays

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80 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003

The pop-up features works by Mary Ellen Mark, the Alabama Chanin collection, and one-of-a kind, indigo-dyed Alabama Chanin garments and accessories, alongside the lf8 collection. Visit in the afternoons from 2:00pm until 4:00pm through Friday, May 16 to sit with Allison Moorer and sew, talk, sing, and conspire.

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SOUTHERN MAKERS 2014

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Last weekend, some of our team traveled down to Montgomery, Alabama for the second annual Southern Makers event. Southern Makers is a one-day experience that celebrates innovation and creativity of all types of makers in Alabama. The day is filled with everything from panel discussions and live music, to cooking demonstrations and workshops. Some of the top talents working in design, architecture, fashion, and food throughout the state are celebrated each year.

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Maker booths are organized by region; North, Central, and South Alabama were all represented at this year’s event. Alabama Chanin set up shop next to our several of our neighbors and friends, including artist Audwin McGee, Scout By Two, Billy Reid, Zkano, and Butch Anthony.

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NEWSLETTER #16

Newsletter #16

Newsletter #16 features our Mother’s Day Gift Guide, workshop specials, and more new products (like Short Stack Editions and additions to our DIY Kits).

Stop in to The Factory Café this month as we feature The Kitchen Sisters—Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva—as part of The Factory Café Chef Series.

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xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

 

THE FACTORY CAFÉ CHEF SERIES: THE KITCHEN SISTERS

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This May, Alabama Chanin is featuring two of my personal heroines (and, now, dear friends) as part of our ongoing Chef Series at the café. They might not be chefs, but Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva are The Kitchen Sisters—independent producers who create radio stories for NPR and other public broadcast outlets. Davia and Nikki are two of the most genuine and real women I know. Without their dedication to telling the real story, I would not be the person I am today. Route 66 changed my perception of storytelling in the autumn of 1994. I remember the first moment I heard their tracks: in the third story of a rented house on a square in Savannah, Georgia. Just like that, my life changed.

Davia and Nikki met and began collaborating in the late 1970s, hosting a weekly radio program in Santa Cruz, California. Their name was taken from two eccentric brothers—Kenneth and Raymond Kitchen—who were stonemasons in Santa Cruz in the 1940s. One night, they were discussing the Kitchen Brothers, who were featured in a book about Santa Cruz architects, as prep for an interview with the book’s author—while also cooking dinner for a group of people on the commune where Nikki lived—and got caught up in legends of local masonry (chimneys, yogi temples, Byzantine bungalows…), and food prep fell to the wayside. Dinner that evening was a disaster, and The Kitchen Sisters were (laughingly) born.

Oral histories heavily influenced their style of radio production. Over the years, they have produced a number of series, such as Lost & Found Sound, The Sonic Memorial Project, The Hidden World of Girls, and Hidden Kitchens. Regardless of topic, Davia and Nikki find a way to build community through storytelling.

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CLOSED TODAY

CLOSED TODAY

Due to potentially hazardous weather, Alabama Chanin and The Factory will be closed Monday, April 28th.

We are asking all of our friends, family, and team members to be cautious and stay safe.

xoNatalie

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS + WORKSHOPS

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We host events and workshops year-round and in all parts of the world. Get your bags packed to join us.

xoNatalie

Trunk Show @ RedBird, Berkeley, CA
Join us at RedBird this weekend to view and shop the new Alabama Chanin Collection.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 – Friday, April 25, 2014

For more information, visit here.

Studio Style DIY Trunk Show @ A Verb for Keeping Warm, Oakland, CA
Please join us for a Studio Style DIY Trunk Show at A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – Wednesday, April 30, 2014

For more information, visit here.

SOLD OUT – One-Day Retreat @ The Edible Schoolyard, Berkeley, CA

DIY Chair Workshop @ Southern Makers, Montgomery, AL
Join us Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at Southern Makers for an Alabama Chanin DIY Chair Workshop.

This workshop offers guests the opportunity to work with Natalie and team to repurpose and redesign a selection of (gently) used chairs using fabric scraps, paint and stencils, markers, nails, and assortment of tools. This workshop models itself after Alabama Chanin’s Makeshift workshop series: Crafting Design, featured in the New York Times. Conducted in a casual, open forum, the workshop will cover a wide range of topics from craft, design, and DIY. This workshop is open to all skill levels. Guests will enjoy inspiring instruction and provided materials. Purchase of this workshop includes materials, tools, instruction from the Alabama Chanin team and one ticket for admission to Southern Makers.

Register for the workshop here.

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