SATURDAY BRUNCH + THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Saturday Brunch + The Week in Review

Join us tomorrow, February 14, for Saturday Brunch at The Factory Café. This week’s Brunch features our Factory Quiche topped with a homemade puff pastry and a side of The Factory Salad, and our favorite Farm Breakfast which includes cheesy scrambled eggs and bacon.

As always, we will have selection of seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

View our Saturday Brunch menu here or check below.

Saturday Store Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Café Hours: 11:00am – 2:00pm

The Factory Store + Café
462 Lane Drive
Florence, Alabama 35630

Call us: +1.256.760.1090 or email office (at) alabamachanin.com

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BLACKBERRY FARM SUMMER (PART 2)

BLACKBERRY FARM SUMMER (PART 2)

There’s a peace that surrounds you when you drive through the gates at Blackberry Farm. The sense of calm grows as you settle in. It’s the kind of feeling that comes from a combination of quiet reflection and good fellowship. The Smoky Mountain setting feels almost magical, but the people at Blackberry Farm are warm, hospitable, and grounding. The 4,200-acre working farm makes an impressive effort to preserve Appalachian foods and culture; the authentic atmosphere and delicious food are enough to make even the most citified visitor feel like a native—if only for a short time.

BLACKBERRY FARM SUMMER (PART 2)

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COMING SOON: ALABAMA STUDIO SEWING PATTERNS

COMING SOON: ALABAMA STUDIO SEWING PATTERNS

The School of Making is firmly in place.

2015 Workshops are already in the works.

Our new collection of DIY Kits if being loved (and completed) by many.

The occasional frustration of writing a book is now replaced with the joy and pride of making something new and beautiful.

Now, we can hardly believe that the arrival of Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns is just around the corner.

COMING SOON: ALABAMA STUDIO SEWING PATTERNS

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THE HEART: ZACHARIAH CHANIN

THE HEART: ZACHARIAH CHANIN

At almost any workplace, you can hear employees talk about their co-workers with a closeness and familiarity; after years of working alongside one another, your officemates can (in some cases) begin to feel like family. In the past, that has actually been the case here at Alabama Chanin. Studio and dye house directress Diane Hall has worked alongside her daughter—who has also been one of our artisan stitchers. Some of our other artisans have been sisters, mothers and daughters, aunts and nieces, cousins, and almost any other combination of relations. And all these years, it never occurred to me that I would have the opportunity to work with my son, Zachariah, known by everyone here as “Zach.”

The company that has become Alabama Chanin started in New York City, first in Brooklyn Heights and then at the Hotel Chelsea on 23rd street, in a borrowed apartment that was my first hand-sewing studio. The apartment was three rooms and a tiny kitchen. The front room, looking out over 23rd street, housed my bed, ironing board, and sewing center; the middle room was Zach’s. In those early days, he was enlisted to carry wet fabrics to the laundromat around the corner, keep me company on jaunts to the 26th Street Flea Market, and generally assist where needed.

I guess I should have known that he would eventually come to assist me in my design efforts. In fact, at my graduation from the School of Design at North Carolina State University, they asked Zach to stand, as he had completed most of my college education with me. He stood to a round of applause as the youngest “designer” to graduate from the program. (He is blushing as I write this…)

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INSPIRATION: APPLE

INSPIRATION: APPLE
INSPIRATION: APPLE

Red—the color of extremes.

Difficult for some to see; more difficult to paint.

It’s the color of blood, violence, and revolution—of danger, adventure, and the almost universal sign to stop.

Red is full of energy. It is exciting and awakening.

It denotes power and confidence.

It’s been called the color of temptation and desire.

In some cultures, it is the color of luck; in others districts, the color of lust and seduction.

This week, it is the color of love.

And, of course, the apple.

Apple Red—our newest collection color.

Take a bite.

INSPIRATION: APPLE

P.S.: For a limited time, our A. Chanin Long Sleeve Cardigan is now available in our newest color Apple (just in time for Valentine’s Day) as well as Pewter. Eames: Beautiful Details is now available in Studio Books from The School of Making (more on the Eames and inspiration coming soon).

P.S.S.: Barnett Newman here and here.

PAUL RAND + THOUGHTS ON DESIGN

PAUL RAND + THOUGHTS ON DESIGN

Paul Rand is considered by many to be one of the most significant visual communicators and commercial artists in history. His first book, Thoughts on Design, is one that invigorated the design world and has become a seminal text for design students and professionals. Rand’s simple, straightforward approach to design eventually helped him create some of the most iconic corporate logos, many of which are still in use today (think IBM, the American Broadcasting Company, Westinghouse, and the United Parcel Service).

Rand was just 33 years-of-age, with much of this notable work still ahead of him, when he published Thoughts on Design in 1947. The book is an idealistic, passionate call to arms for designers to integrate form and function. Rand summarizes this simply, saying that design should reflect “the integration of the beautiful and the useful,” and asserts that one’s work “is not good design if it is irrelevant.” Furthermore, he urges designers to create from their singular point of view: “The system that regards aesthetics as irrelevant, which separates the artist from his product… will, in the long run, diminish not only the product but the maker as well.”

PAUL RAND + THOUGHTS ON DESIGN

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 2.9.2015 – 2.13.2015

The Factory This Week 02.09.2015 - 02.13.2015

“Doubt thou the stars are fire, doubt that the sun doth move, doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love.” – William Shakespeare

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, February 9 – Saturday, February 14:

STORE

Join us as we discuss The Business of Artisan Work at our OnDesign event Monday, February 9. Buy your ticket now to reserve your seat; cost includes admission, participation in the conversation, and a cup of coffee or tea.

On Tuesday, February 10, we launch our new collection color Apple. Visit us online or in-store.

Our pop-up shop at Billy Reid in Austin, Texas, will be open through the 22nd of this month. Visit us there and receive 30% off our limited-edition pieces.

Monday, February 16, join us to sew and socialize at Third Mondays @ The Factory. Work on your latest sewing projects in our extended studio space while enjoying the company of fellow sewers and a cup of coffee.

STORE HOURS

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

TOURS

Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ

Join us for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a fresh menu every day.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler—fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like Magpie and Ruth’s Pimento Cheese and our Carrot Ginger Soup.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

Café Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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SATURDAY BRUNCH + THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Saturday Brunch + The Week in Review

Join us tomorrow, February 7, for Saturday Brunch at The Factory Café. This week’s Brunch features our French Toast made from ciabatta bread in a cinnamon custard, topped with maple syrup and freshly whipped cream; or try our House Made Granola, served with local honey and vanilla yogurt.

As always, we will have a selection of seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

View our Saturday Brunch menu here or check below.

Saturday Store Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Café Hours: 11:00am – 2:00pm

The Factory Store + Café
462 Lane Drive
Florence, Alabama 35630

Call us: +1.256.760.1090 or email office (at) alabamachanin.com

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ON DESIGN: THE HISTORY OF STENCILING

ON DESIGN: THE HISTORY OF STENCILING

Our On Design conversation in December focused on the practice of stenciling—including examples of designs throughout history and various techniques used over time. Stenciling is at the core of our Alabama Chanin collections; currently it is the sole means by which we transfer decorative patterns onto our fabrics. We have explored DIY stenciling in our Studio Book series, and are even offering a one-day workshop on the topic next year.

The use of stencils dates back over 37 thousand years, as evident in Neanderthal cave art found in Spain. These paintings are outlines of hand prints; it is theorized that Prehistoric man or woman would place their hand against the wall, and then blow finely crushed pigment around it. These stencils were accompanied by shapes from the natural world and daily life: animals, hunting scenes, and ritual all figure prominently.

ON DESIGN: THE HISTORY OF STENCILINGThe photo above, by Stephen Alvarez, can be downloaded to use as wallpaper for you desktop here. Link through to see the color version and see more of his caving photos here.

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