Category Archives: TRAVEL + OTHER NEWS



We are excited to be a part of the first-ever Made in the South Weekend, hosted by Garden & Gun magazine in Charleston, South Carolina, next month. The Jubilee will be a lively mix of sporting, shopping, food, music, and art, and will feature an Alabama Chanin Trunk Show and Two-Hour Workshop. Make plans to join us.



The Alabama Chanin Collection table at the Made in the South Marketplace will feature an array of holiday gifts including knotted necklaces, scarves, ponchos, cocktail napkins, tea towels, books, and socks.

You can also shop our selection of Studio Style DIY items, including fabric, notions, sewing kits, DIY kits, studio books, and Handmade Holiday.

Special orders and custom order DIY kits will also be available.

Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8

Friday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Charles Towne Landing
1500 Old Towne Road
Charleston, SC 29407

(*Early, private access begins at 9:00am on Friday)


Sunday, December 8, 2013
10:00am – 1:00pm

Charles Towne Landing
1500 Old Towne Road
Charleston, SC 29407

Join Natalie and the Alabama Chanin team for a two-hour sewing workshop at the Jubilee. Choose from three projects: a Journal Cover, a Scarf, or Placemats. The workshop is suited to beginning and experienced sewers alike. Materials, instructions, stories, and laughter are included.



Newsletter-#10--WNewsletter #10 announces The Factory Grand Opening on November 18th, featuring the 2013 Holiday Market, live music, and cocktails, and also celebrates our recent CFDA/Lexus Eco-Challenge Award for work in sustainable fashion.

Read about our recent DIY projects on the Journal, and shop our Handmade Holiday collection of holiday-inspired DIY projects and kits.

Join our mailing list to receive our Monthly Newsletter, or update your mailing subscription to include the newsletter (and our new Daily Journal) here.

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin




Alabama Chanin invites you to The Factory Store and Café Grand Opening

Join us for an evening of shopping, live music, good company, and cocktails.

Monday, November 18th, 2013
5pm – 9pm

462 Lane Drive
Florence, AL 35630




Over the years, our Journal has developed a growing community of readers. What began as an occasional post about the progress of my garden or a favorite book has become a six-year,1,000 post chronicle of everything from DIY projects and recipes to important conversations on sustainable design and fashion. The Journal is our platform to connect with and learn from our readers. Our always-growing readership allows us to write about an expanding range of topics and explore new people and places; this provides constant inspiration and education for us.

Recently, we added a new option to our mailing list subscription: DAILY JOURNAL. By signing up, you will receive daily Journal posts, sent directly to your inbox. Join our mailing list to receive our Daily Journal, or update your subscription to include it here.

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin



In addition to showcasing the new Alabama Chanin collection at Worthwhile in Charleston, South Carolina this week, we are also hosting a Studio Style DIY Trunk Show at SpaceCraft Studios.

October 10, 2013 – October 12, 2013

SpaceCraft Studios
8 Avondale Avenue
Charleston, South Carolina 29407

Thursday and Friday: 11:00am to 5:30pm and 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am to 3:30pm

Come browse through our swatch books and see ready-made garments for inspiration and sizing, then create a customized DIY project. Our DIY kits, fabric, sewing notions, and the Alabama Chanin Studio book series will be available for order at the Trunk Show.

There will also be an Open Sewing Night on Thursday and Friday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00pm. The sewing nights are free with the purchase of an Alabama Chanin DIY Kit during the Trunk Show, or $20 without purchase. There is no instruction, and registration is required in advance. We hope to see you there.

For more information, contact SpaceCraft Studios: +1.843.284.6253.




We had a One-Day Workshop in Charleston, South Carolina back in June, and now we are returning this week to showcase the new Alabama Chanin Collection at a Trunk Show hosted by our friends at Worthwhile. Make plans to join us.

Thursday, October 10
12:00pm through 5:00pm
Opening Reception 5:00 to 7:00pm

Friday, October 11
10:00am through 5:00pm

268 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401

For more information, please contact press (at), or call +1.256.760.1090.




Newsletter #9 announces our upcoming Studio Style DIY Handmade Holiday and the addition of Daily Journal updates to our mailing list.

Read about our recent DIY projects on the Journal, shop our long sleeve Basics for the cooler months, and view our upcoming Events.

Join our mailing list to receive our Monthly Newsletter, or update your mailing subscription to include the newsletter (and our new Daily Journal) here.

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin



One Day Workshop - The Factory

This year we’ve traveled to Los Angeles, Berkeley, Ann Arbor, Charleston, Chattanooga, San Francisco, and Woodstock for our One-Day Workshops. Our last One-Day of the year is this Saturday at The Factory in Florence. It’s not too late to register and spend the day with Natalie and the Alabama Chanin team. Registration closes at noon tomorrow.

Saturday, September, 21 2013
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Factory
462 Lane Drive
Florence, AL 35630

Cost includes materials, instruction from the Alabama Chanin team, and locally sourced lunch.

For more information, contact Alabama Chanin: workshops (at) or call Olivia at +1.256.760.1090, M-F 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CST.

P.S.: If you can’t make it for our One-Day, we have a few openings left for our Studio Weekend and Studio Week in November – both at The Factory in Florence. 

*Photo thanks to Rinne Allen




As the Alabama Chanin team rushes around Manhattan with our new collection during New York Fashion Week, it is impossible not to remember this day twelve years ago. Twelve years of healing is not long enough. For most of us, this day will remain very personal for the rest of our lives. And yet, a dozen years is time enough for a new generation to grow up largely uninformed or dispassionate, if only because our reality has become a story to them, a tale, the way Pearl Harbor has become, to many, a history lesson and a bank holiday.

However, we will always remember those who perished that day, those who lost friends and loved ones, and all of the heroes who saved lives and found the humanity in recovery efforts. We recall the pain, but also the national pride as we joined together in silence and exercised resilience. We take the PeaceBuilders Pledge (again) with the continued hope that there will be an end to war and hate-driven tragedies in America and across the world.

Many of us on the Alabama Chanin team have lived in Manhattan. Some of us watched the towers burn from a few blocks away. Others arrived years later to a changed city skyline. But, no matter where each of us lived on that day, and since, we have watched America change. For so many, New York represents an opportunity for growth and transcendence. This day is a moment to remember compassion, love, and gratitude.




Last October, we held a One-Day Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia. DIY Kits for the workshop had been cut, packaged, and shipped days before the event, but they never arrived in Atlanta, lost in transit. This was a workshop crisis. However, this particular workshop turned out to be one of our best to date. In a beautiful expression of communal crafting, twelve people collaborated to create two Alabama Chanin Swing Skirts from the only kits I happened to carry with me. While we were initially disappointed over the lost box, we soon learned of the people in the Northeast who lost lives and homes as Hurricane Sandy beat down on the New Jersey and New York shores. We didn’t know how lucky we were.


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