MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Mother’s Day—a holiday we learned has a deep-rooted history—is a favorite here at Alabama Chanin. Perhaps because we are company that is 100% woman owned and 86% women run (not that we don’t love our men), we like to celebrate a day dedicated to the women who birthed us, the friends who raised us, the aunts who befriended us, and the sisters (true and adopted) who keep us on the right track. Every. Single. Day. If you’ve followed us on our journey, you are likely also aware that Alabama Chanin practices slow design and that we make our products in the most responsible and sustainable ways possible. For this reason, it can take up to six weeks for an item to be made by local artisans, hand-cutting and stitching each piece from seam to appliqué, beaded embellishment to final label.

We’ve also chosen a selection of our favorite items for the 2015 Mother’s Day Gift Guide. (Check back Thursday for our DIY Gift Guide through The School of Making.)

Also note that while our hand-sewn garments have a longer production time, we have other more readily available pieces such as our A. Chanin garments, books, and some of our home goods.

Call +1.256.760.1090 M-F from 8:00am – 4:30pm CST for help celebrating Mom.

And if you place an order online, let us know if it is a gift for someone special; we will package it beautifully and add a note of thanks.

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

P.S.: Only after planning our Mother’s Day Gift Guide for this week, did we learn that the United Kingdom celebrates what they call Mothering Sunday on March 15th. Having roots in the church, it is held every year on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Now you know.

THÉRÈSE DE DILLMONT (AND GAUGUIN)

THERESE DE DILLMONT (AND GAUGUIN)

While writing this post about March and our Swatch of the Month, I mentioned the Encyclopedia of Needlework by Thérèse de Dillmont which I am currently reading in preparation for a new book we are writing (yes, another book) on the tools of handwork. I became curious about the life of Thérèse de Dillmont who so meticulously documented the types and processes of handwork in the 1880s. I did a Google search and fell into a rabbit hole of handwork and feminist backlash. I’m still working my way out of this hole but I wanted to show you how a sewing needle or a spool of thread can take you from honored hobby to exercising naked in the fresh air to the feminist act of running a business.

From Wikipedia:

Thérèse de Dillmont (10 October 1846 – 22 May 1890) was an Austrian needleworker and writer. Dillmont’s Encyclopedia of Needlework (1886) has been translated into 17 languages.[1] She owned a string of shops in European capitals and she was “one of the most important pioneers in the international and multicultural enterprise of hobby needlework in the late nineteenth century”.[2]

That last sentence struck me, …”one of the most important pioneers in the international and multicultural enterprise of hobby needlework in the late nineteenth century”.

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 3.9.2015 – 3.14.2015

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 3.9.2015 – 3.14.2015

“I’m all about finding free space for people to be themselves so that they can then choose, consciously, to contribute to others around them.” – from A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Managing Ourselves by Ari Weinzweig

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

STORE
Join us on Monday, March 9 for the next conversation in our On Design Series. Register now to reserve your seat for our conversation on the design collaborative Memphis in the 1980s. Registration includes admission, participation in the conversation, and a cup of coffee or tea.

Be on the lookout for our site-side Mother’s Day Sale beginning at midnight on Thursday, March 12.

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 new menu every day.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler—fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and our carrot and 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

View our Saturday Brunch menu here.

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

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Read: Shop Class as Soulcraft

The Art of Rebellion

Explore Natalie’s Picks

Hot and Cold Tea Cocktails

The Bitter Southerner: The Meat and Three

On Design: 1980 + Memphis Design

Embroidery’s Back

Catch up with Newsletter #26

Alabama Chanin @ lf8

NEWSLETTER #26

Newsletter-#26

In Newsletter #26, we announce our Mother’s Day sale (beginning midnight next Thursday), as well as new events and workshop programming like our Pop-up Shop at lf8 in New York and a One-Day Sewing Workshop at Heath Ceramics, San Francisco. We’ve also shared Natalie’s thoughts on trends in fashion—and Natalie’s Essential Picks: what you are likely to find in her closet and home this season.

Join our mailing list to receive our Newsletter each month and stay up-to-date on all the happenings at Alabama Chanin. Please note that you can update your mailing subscription at any time, and choose to opt in (or out of) certain mailings.

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

ON DESIGN: 1980 + MEMPHIS DESIGN

ON DESIGN: 1980 + MEMPHIS DESIGN

Join us Monday, March 9 at The Factory for the next conversation in our On Design Series. Last month, Natalie spoke about the business of artisan work. This month, the conversation continues with a lecture about the design collaborative known as Memphis, founded in Milan, Italy by Ettore Sottsass in the 1980s. Join us:

Monday, March 9, 2015
10:30am – 11:30am

Alabama Chanin @ The Factory
462 Lane Drive
Florence, AL 35630

$7.00

Open-to-the-public, the cost includes admission, participation in the conversation, and a cup of The Factory blend coffee, a cold drink, or tea.

Register here for this event.

P.S. Look for more information on this and other upcoming Makeshift events on our Journal and/or join our mailing list.

*Photo by Abraham Rowe of the (gorgeous) book: Ettore Sottsass by Phillipe Thome

HOT AND COLD TEA COCKTAILS

HOT AND COLD TEA COCKTAILS

For this month’s cocktail selection, contributor Jesse Goldstein focuses on something that most Southerners hold dear: a glass of tea. Here he provides us with both hot and cold options that are delicious and simple to prepare—for one or for a whole group.

From Jesse:

When most think of tea and cocktails, the first thing that comes to mind is a good hot toddy. There’s nothing wrong with a classic, but if that’s the extent of your use of tea in cocktails, you’re missing out on a beautiful spectrum of flavors just waiting to be incorporated into all types of boozy beverages.

For me, a great cocktail must have balance. This most commonly comes in the form of balancing boozy sharpness with sugar and citrus, but even that can still fall flat on the palate. Think of a well-balanced cocktail like your favorite meal in a restaurant. The spices and seasonings enhance the main ingredients that make that dish so memorable. When it comes to cocktails, freshly brewed black, green, and herbal teas can impart bright herbal notes and bitter tannins that supplement just a few simple ingredients and compliment many spirits.

If you’ve read the previous blog post, Reclaiming Church Punch, you know that teas have a place in cocktail history. Much like the punches of yesteryear, these new tea cocktails can also be made in large batches for entertaining—or just a lazy weekend afternoon on the porch with friends. Just be sure to always start with fresh, high-quality teas and chill them prior to making iced cocktails.

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SHOP CLASS AS SOULCRAFT

SHOP CLASS AS SOULCRAFT

On May 21,2009, Matthew B. Crawford published an article in The New York Times Magazine titled, “The Case for Working With Your Hands.” Later that month, Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work arrived on my desk at work.

Three paragraphs down in the New York Times piece, Crawford describes our situation:

“High-school shop-class programs were widely dismantled in the 1990s as educators prepared students to become “knowledge workers.” The imperative of the last 20 years to round up every warm body and send it to college, then to the cubicle, was tied to a vision of the future in which we somehow take leave of material reality and glide about in a pure information economy. This has not come to pass. To begin with, such work often feels more enervating than gliding. More fundamentally, now as ever, somebody has to actually do things: fix our cars, unclog our toilets, build our houses.”

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 3.2.2015 – 3.7.2015

The Factory This Week

“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” – Tom Brokaw

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, March 2 – Saturday, March 7:

STORE

Our favorite A. Chanin pieces—including the V-Neck Tank, Long Sleeve Raglan, and Racerback Tunic—have been restocked in various sizes and colors, perfect for layering through the last bit of winter.

Join us in our studio space for First Mondays to work on your latest sewing project in the company of fellow sewers. Coffee, tea and light breakfast will be available for purchase from The Factory Café.

Join us Thursday for our first Makeshift Dinner of 2015, featuring special ingredients and recipes from Zingerman’s with special guest Ari Weinzweig, Co-Founding Partner and CEO of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses.

We will be hosting a Two-Hour Business Workshop on Friday, presented by Zingerman’s Ari Weinzweig. Ari will share his approach to business that has led Zingerman’s to success.

Try out a new free Craftsy sewing class here.

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 try our customer-favorite Petite Homemade Meatloaf.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler—fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and our carrot and 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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