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NEWSLETTER #12 (ONE YEAR!)

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Newsletter #12 announces the upcoming launch of our new collection and A. Chanin line, as well as our new Two-Hour Workshop + Afternoon Tea. Please note The Factory Store + Café  will be closed until January 8th for a few updates and redecoration.

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xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

 

THE YEAR AHEAD

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As 2013 was a great year for Alabama Chanin—one full of new projects, studio expansions, awards, good times with friends, travel, workshops, and bringing ideas and visions to full fruition—we are equally excited about the upcoming events for 2014 (stay up-to-date by subscribing to our mailing list).

Our newest Collection will launch online at the end of this month, along with our line of machine-sewn garments under the label A. Chanin.

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2013: THE YEAR IN REVIEW

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Looking back at what we have accomplished this year at Alabama Chanin, I feel nothing short of overwhelmed. With the help of many friends, Alabama Chanin has grown in ways I only imagined. Our company is the best it has ever been, and will only get better. Over the summer, and on the heels of Camp Bacon at Zingerman’s, I wrote a 10 year vision for the company—a peek into what I wanted for the future of our family of businesses. Many of the things I envisioned happening years from now were accomplished by this year’s end, with much hard work, dedication, occasional pains of labor, trial and error, and the true grit and determination of our team. All this growth and success doesn’t come from nowhere, after all.

It is hard to believe that so much has happened in the past year. While we are busy wrapping up our year-end Inventory Sale here at The Factory, it is nice to take the time to reflect on all the projects, people, and places we have experienced in just twelve incredible months.

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MARKET HIGHLIGHT: SHOTWELL CANDY CO.

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The Memphis, Tennessee-based Shotwell Candy Co. produces delicious, hand-crafted caramels, soon to be some of your favorite things. I learned about the company from John T. Edge of the Southern Foodways Alliance. The company was launched last year in the home kitchen of Jerrod Smith – a corporate lawyer and, now also, confectioner. Jerrod was inspired to create his business by his great-grandfather, L. Shotwell George, also known as “Grandpa Shot”. Grandpa Shot owned a general store in Kentucky, which was always stocked with candy bins full of chewy caramels and other sweets. Jerrod (who admittedly has a sweet tooth, especially for caramels) has recreated timeless flavors through experimentation with complimentary ingredients, such as beer and pretzels, espresso, whiskey, and salt.

We love the Original Salted Caramels, featuring buttery, soft caramel infused with house-made Tennessee whiskey, vanilla extract, and finished with flaky Celtic grey salt. Purchase them in our café or through our online store here.

IT’S TIME: HEATH CERAMICS + ALABAMA CHANIN

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Heath Ceramics is celebrating 10 years of design by showcasing interpretations of time in the form of one-of-a-kind clocks designed by friends and collaborators. I was honored to design and contribute two clocks, featuring Alabama Chanin’s etched Camellia pattern.

It’s really common in my family to hang plates on the wall, and I was inspired by this tradition. I remember all the plates on the walls at my grandmother’s house, and I have continued the practice by hanging Heath + Alabama Chanin plates on the wall in my own kitchen. It made perfect sense to design clocks that reflected that tradition.

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The Alabama Chanin clocks will be available at Heath’s Design in Time show this weekend, along with several other collaborations and interpretations. The show opens this Saturday, December 7 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm at both the San Francisco and Los Angeles showrooms. More details and RSVP info can be found here.

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

Photos courtesy of Heath Ceramics.

GRATITUDE

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Thank you to everyone who graciously showed their support for Alabama Chanin over the last few weeks. Your purchases, emails, and love are the things that keep us going. It has been an incredible year and we appreciate your amazing show of kindness and loyalty as we move towards the holidays and the end of the year. You make a difference.

Our studio staff and artisans are working overtime to fill all of the orders, wrap beautiful packages, and get shipments out in the next days and weeks. Our timeline for production of garments is currently 4 to 6 weeks and while some may be completed before the holidays, please keep in mind our brand practices sustainable and Slow Design, producing our goods in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. (Learn more about our production methods here.)

If your order included any gift items that might not arrive before the holidays, let us know and we will be happy to send you a note card to give to the recipient, letting them know an Alabama Chanin garment is being created just for them and will soon be on its way.

Just email office [at] alabamachanin.com or phone us Monday – Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm CST at +1.256.760.1090 and we will get the holiday note card mailed to you as soon as possible.

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

NEWSLETTER #11

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Newsletter #11 highlights the Alabama Chanin 2013 Holiday Gift Guide – a selection of our favorite gift items. It also introduces new website features, including The Factory l On The Web and our new About page. Read about (and join) our Swatch of the Month Club, which launches this January.

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xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

 

2013 HOLIDAY MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

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We’ve updated our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide to include more of our favorite items from local artisans, purveyors, and friends of Alabama Chanin. If you aren’t able to make the trip out to The Factory before the holidays, these selections from the 2013 Holiday Market will be available online for a limited time.

Happy Holidays from all of us @ Alabama Chanin

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