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TRUNK SHOW @ WORTHWHILE, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

CHARLESTON POSTCARD FINAL GRAPHIC

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

Worthwhile
268 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401

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

 

NEWSLETTER #9

Newsletter-#9

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

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) alabamachanin.com 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

 

9/11

9/11

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.

 

WHOLESOME WAVE GEORGIA + TWO SKIRTS

WHOLESOME WAVE GEORGIA

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.

WHOLESOME WAVE GEORGIA

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NEWSLETTER #8

NEWSLETTER-#8

Newsletter #8 announces our annual Labor Day sale. Beginning this Thursday, August 29 at midnight CST, take 20% off all your online purchases. Join our mailing list to receive the sale code and stay up-to-date on all our news and events.

It also highlights a new product to our Studio Style DIY store; our Stenciled Fat Eighths are now available in the Anna’s Garden and Paisley designs. We welcome you to visit our Press page to see our features in publications. Stop by our studio for Open Studio Fridays, where we invite you to shop our collection of hand-sewn garments and gifts (take 20% off all in-studio purchases, including special orders) and visit our new machine-manufacturing facility.

Join our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletter, or update your subscription to include the newsletter here.

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

 

EMILY SPIVACK + WORN STORIES

EMILY SPIVACK + WORN STORIES

Last year at MAKESHIFT 2012, one of our gatherings revolved around “Worn Stories,” an idea based on the blog, Sentimental Value, by Emily Spivack, friend of Jessamyn Hatcher. Spivack’s blog – and soon to be book, titled Worn Stories – shares the stories of garments purchased from Ebay. Those anecdotes were written by each item’s respective seller and, “are a window into people’s lives,” Spivack told the New York Times in a recent article highlighting her “Sentimental Value” exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance.

Spivack also created and writes Threaded, the Smithsonian’s fashion history blog. Needless to say, Spivack has become an authority on connecting stories and clothing, which she views as works of art. Anyone who has ever made or purchased an Alabama Chanin garment knows the value we place on the quality, timelessness, and story of each project. Spivack’s mission rings very true for us.

Emily Spivack’s exhibit, Sentimental Value is on display through August 23,2013.

For more information, click here.

 

STUDIO STYLE DIY TRUNK SHOW

STUDIO STYLE TRUNK SHOW

Join us for our first ever Studio Style DIY Trunk Show

August 14 – August 26, 2013

@ A Verb for keeping warm
6328 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94608

For more information, contact: office (at) alabamachanin.com or A Verb for Keeping Warm + 510.595.8372.

Trunk shows have long been a part of the Alabama Chanin business model. It’s a rewarding experience to share the Collection with fashion enthusiasts and loyal customers, to watch them fall in love with the details and intricacies of our hand-sewn, hand-embroidered garments.

Now, for the first time ever, we are hosting a trunk show solely for our Studio Style DIY customers. Makers will have the opportunity to handle and try on the basic, unadorned pieces in a range of sizes, while reviewing a selection of fabric swatches that can be made into custom DIY Kits.  Additionally, there will be a selection of our embellished garments, Studio Style books, fabric swatches, fabric, and a variety of notions for sale.

If you know a knit shop or sewing store in your community where you’d like to see our Studio Style DIY fabrics, kits, and supplies, or a Studio Style DIY Trunk Show, reach out and let us know. For more information on wholesale accounts and for setting up a Trunk Show, contact office (at) alabamachanin.com or call +1.256.760.1090 and ask for Betsy.

STUDIO STYLE TRUNK SHOW

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NEWSLETTER #7

NEWSLETTER #7

Newsletter #7 highlights Custom DIY –for makers who want to build their own DIY Kit from a variety of projects, stencils, techniques, and more. The newsletter also touches on supply concerns we are currently experiencing with our lightweight organic cotton jersey fabric.

Read about a new monthly feature to our Journal – Local Playlist – where we share a musical selection from local artists in The Shoals. Find out what our favorite books are by viewing our Reading List. And be sure to check our Journal next Thursday when we introduce a new Men’s DIY Kit, the first in a series.

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

Update your mailing subscription to include the newsletter here.

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

A RECIPE FOR BARBEQUED DRESSES (CHATTANOOGA)

A RECIPE FOR BARBEQUED DRESSES (CHATTANOOGA)

Next week, as part of the Crafted by Southern Hands event and workshop, our Barbeque-inspired Collection will be on display at Warehouse Row, a historic, old stone fort turned community retail center in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. The couture dresses were originally a part of the 15th Annual Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium’s Punch, Pictures, and ‘Cue Couture, and were smoked in collaboration with Drew Robinson of Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, Birmingham, Alabama.

Since the SFA Symposium last fall, the dresses have been at our home studio in Florence, waiting for the perfect place to display again. They still have as rich a hickory smell as the day they were smoked.

Expect award-winning barbeque from Jim ‘N Nick’s, cocktails and beer, and live music to celebrate the evening. Make sure to bring an appetite.

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