Category Archives: TRAVEL + OTHER NEWS

NEWSLETTER #5

NEWSLETTER #5

Newsletter #5 showcases our newest addition to our collection of workshops: the Studio Week. The first session is scheduled for November 2013. Also, our Father’s Day Gift Guide offers a selection of items specifically for Dad.

Read about Single Lock Records, a local indie record label in our community and browse our Library + Gifts for books on innovative business models from Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Join our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletter and keep up with our latest news, new products, and stories featured on our Journal.

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xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

 

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

CHARLESTON, SC - 1600 MEETING - photo by Olive Rae James

Charleston, South Carolina has its own style of “Southern-ness” that almost can’t be defined. And although it has been years (almost two decades) since I have been there, I definitely recognize Charleston when I see, hear, or smell it. Charlestonians sound like no other group of Southerners: “Chawlstun,” they say with their long middle vowels – a round, musical sound I love.

As a traveler at heart, no matter where I go, my list of things to do and see is always longer than my stay. The Tom Waits song, “Take The Long Way Home, comes to mind when I visit a new (or “old” new) place. And from afar, Charleston feels like a place where you can (should) get sidetracked, get lost, and then slowly find your way back home. The city is leading the game when it comes to delicious food (think Sean Brock, whose last meal on earth would be a sous vide roast chicken, Mike Latta, or Craig Diehl) and cocktails, like our favorite, Brooks Reitz of Jack Rudy. Our friends (and partners in cotton), Billy Reid, have a store there. All in all, it seems a deliciously sinful place to settle into for a week. I know I will never check off my entire to-do list, but perhaps Maggie and I will make it out to Bowen’s Island and spend an afternoon at the Halsey Museum.

CHARLESTON, SC - photo by Olivia Rae James

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NEWSLETTER #4

ALABAMA CHANIN NEWSLETTER #4

Newsletter #4 celebrates the launch of our newest Heath Ceramics collaboration: the hand etched Camellia pattern. You will also find a selection of perfect Mother’s Day gifts in our online sale, stories about mom on our Journal, and more exploration into the heart of Real Women.

Read about our week dedicated to Finnish design company Marimekko, a visit (and baseball game) from the Texas Playboys, and Zkano Organic Socks – another Alabama based company that is committed to local production using organic cotton.

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xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

GARAGE SALE 2013

GARAGE SALE NOW OPEN

The Alabama Chanin Garage Sale is back. Open at 9 am CST (now), we feature items from our recent sample sale, along with trims, notions, fabrics, DIY Kits, and treasures galore (yes, it’s an online sample sale).

Shop our Alabama Chanin Garage Sale for a select few one-of-a-kind garments and home goods.

Shop our DIY Garage Sale for special-dyed fabrics, notions, DIY Kits, and more.

If you participated in one of our previous garage sales, you know items go very quickly, and our inventory system is not always able to keep up. We have taken precautions and hope everything runs smoothly, but please be patient with us as we fill orders and keep up with the excitement.

THE RULES:

1) Most of our Garage Sale items are one-of-a-kind—meaning, there really is only one—except where indicated. If you buy it first, it’s yours. Just adding an item to your cart doesn’t mean it’s yours, you have to click purchase first.

2) Once you buy it, it’s yours. No returns, exchanges, or buyer’s remorse allowed. (You won’t want to anyway.)

3) Everything is sold as-is. We have done our best to give complete descriptions. If something is less than perfect, we have tried to let you know.  But then, we love less than perfect from time-to-time and are sure that you will love your purchase, too.

4) Be happy. Make good things. Love your neighbor. Share.

5) We’ve been enjoying these Garage Sales and having fun re-discovering what’s hiding in all of our storage boxes. As long as you keep coming back, we’ll keep having them.

Call us if you need our help, just call: +1.256.760.1090
Or email: office (at) alabamachanin.com

 

TEXAS PLAYBOYS: VISITING ARTISTS + BASEBALL

TEXAS PLAYBOYS @ THE FACTORY

The Texas Playboys Baseball Club is a collective of architects, artists, filmmakers, musicians, photographers and entrepreneurs based in Austin, Texas.  Member and long time friend, Jack Sanders and his crew have challenged Alabama Chanin and Billy Reid to one of their infamous baseball games. We welcome them to Florence and our studio, with a series of events – open to the public.

Join us Thursday, April 4th for an artist talk with the Texas Playboys as part of the Alabama Chanin Visiting Artist Series.

And Saturday, April 6th, the Alabama Slammers (aka the Billy Reid crew + the Alabama Chanin squad) take on the Texas Playboys in a (friendly) game of backyard baseball.

 

Free Admission to both events
All are welcome

 

Thursday, April 4, 2013 Visiting Artist Series
Good conversation + cocktails
7pm – 9pm
Artist Talk @ 7:30
The Factory
462 Lane Drive, Florence, Alabama

 

Saturday, April 6, 2013 Texas Playboys vs. Alabama Slammers
2 pm – until
Mike D. Lane Field
UNA Campus, Florence, Alabama

Learn more about the Texas Playboys here.

For more information contact: office(at)alabamachanin.com or call +1.256.760.1090

 

 

ALABAMA CHANIN @ SOUTHERN MAKERS

ALABAMA CHANIN @ SOUTHERN MAKERS

Southern Makers is a one day event that celebrates creativity of all types in Alabama. Our state has a rich artisanal history in textiles, food, farming, literature, art and design. Southern Makers will explore Alabama-based food and design with panel discussions, artist talks, cooking demonstrations and tastings, workshops, and a Market Place Bazaar featuring wares and goods from talented southern artisans and chefs.

Panel discussion with Natalie Chanin and other participants on Transportation and Traditional Industries @ 6pm.

Alabama Chanin Two-Hour Workshop with Natalie + staff @ 2:30 pm.

$155 includes all materials to complete an Alabama Chanin DIY kit for the workshop only.

Register here for the Two-Hour Workshop.

*Event is open to the general public – $10 advance ticket/ $20 at the door. Additional fees for workshops, beer garden, and purchase of craft items.

**All proceeds from the event will benefit EAT South, a non-profit organization, committed to promoting sustainable growth through education, agriculture, and sustainable design.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS + WORKSHOPS

UPCOMMING EVENTS + WORKSHOPS 2013

March 29-31, 2013

17th Annual Doonanny Festival

Art – Music – Experimental Architecture – Fire

Museum of Wonder
41 Poorhouse Road
Seale, Alabama

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/08/garden/08doonanny.html

For more information on Doonanny, visit here.

 

April 4, 2013
Visiting Artist Series: Texas Playboys Baseball Club @ The Factory

7pm-9pm
Artist Talk @ 7:30pm

462 Lane Drive, Florence, AL

The Texas Playboys are a group of artists, architects, photographers, writers, filmmakers and entrepreneurs based in Austin, Texas. Learn more about the players + artists here.

For more information contact office(at)alabamachanin.com or call +1.256.760.1090

 

April 6, 2013

Texas Playboys vs. Alabama Slammers

2pm

Mike D. Lane Field, UNA Campus

Florence, AL

Free Admission

Come watch the Texas Playboys baseball club take on the Alabama Slammers (Alabama Chanin + Billy Reid)

For more information contact office(at)alabamachanin.com or call +1.256.760.1090

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MAIDEN’S BLUSH (AND COCKTAIL NAPKINS)

MAIDEN'S BLUSH (AND COCKTAIL NAPKINS)

We’re not quite in the cocktail business (yet), though we seem to be sneaking behind the bar more and more lately. Our collaboration with Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. brought about the Jack Rudy Bar Towel, which we featured early last month along with the Jack Rudy Small Batch Tonic, both available for purchase on our website.

Last week, our friend Brooks Reitz of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. sent us a beautiful, hand-written thank you note, along with a bottle of their newest creation – Small Batch Grenadine. Handcrafted in Napa Valley, the grenadine arrived just in time for our latest addition: the Alabama Chanin Cocktail Napkin.

MAIDEN'S BLUSH (AND COCKTAIL NAPKINS)

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NEWSLETTER #1

ALABAMA CHANIN NEWSLETTER #1

We are pleased to introduce our first-ever Alabama Chanin newsletter. Each month (or so), you can expect updates about our newest designs, events, workshops, design projects, products, and other ideas and people we care deeply about.

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