Alabama Chanin is a lifestyle company producing well-designed and thoughtfully made goods for the person and the home. We use 100% organic cotton fabric in our designs, sourced sustainably from seed to fabric—along with repurposed and reclaimed materials.
About Alabama Chanin
The company that has become what Alabama Chanin is today began early in 2000 with the creation of hand-sewn garments made from cotton jersey t-shirts by founder and slow design pioneer Natalie Chanin.
We are a leader in elevated craft due to a strong belief in tradition and dedication to locally sewn garments and goods—both hand and machine-sewn. We maintain responsible, ethical, and sustainable practices holding ourselves to the highest standards for quality. We are makers and educators, working to elevate and merge design, craft, and fashion.
At Alabama Chanin, we preserve traditions of community, design, producing, and living arts by examining work and life through the acts of storytelling, photography, education, and making.
The School of Making
The School of Making is an overseeing body that directs and innovates Alabama Chanin's learning initiatives and educational programs. This arm of the Alabama Chanin Family of Businesses oversees DIY, Host a Party, Build a Wardrobe, and workshop programming, format, and content; it acts as a researching body for new subjects and new ways of disseminating information. The School of Making is an active voice in our local community, our state, and the making community, at large.
Alabama Chanin, as a concept and a company, began as a DIY enterprise. In the 2000s, our workshop programming was a natural outgrowth of the emerging DIY initiative growing around us. Our experiences showed us that face-to-face and hand-to-hand contact helped our customers better understand the what, why, and how of our making processes and the importance of an organic supply chain. DIY offerings expanded, our workshop offerings became more diverse, and our Journal content added additional DIY instruction, stories, and ideas. Natalie's The School of Making Book Series open sources our techniques and materials, which grew from our commitment to sustainability. Doing so allows us to make living arts accessible to all consumers.
Located in Florence, Alabama, The Factory is home to Alabama Chanin's flagship store and a full-service café, along with the Alabama Chanin design and production studios and Bldg. 14 Design + Manufacturing division.
The Factory Store features the newest Alabama Chanin Collection, accessories, home goods, dinnerware, kitchenwares from local artisans, as well as a selection of fabrics, sewing notions and tools, books, and more. Stop by to meet our helpful sales team and learn more about each of our locally and regionally made products.
The Factory Café offers seasonal, local, and organic fare that highlights the best of the new southern kitchen. The daily menu highlights simple soups and salads, fresh vegetables, homemade pimento cheese, fresh bread, and a host of sandwiches and entrees. Cold drinks, coffee, wine, and beer are served alongside delicious desserts like cake, pies, and cookies. Guided tours are offered each day at 2:00 pm.
Our hand-manufacturing operation grew to include machine manufacturing with the launch of Bldg. 14 and our machine-made line in the summer of 2013. The machine skills, once so prolific in our community, needed to be honed. Our design team has developed a new language for stitches and machine parts that have been forgotten since the signing of NAFTA changed the textile industry in our community. Because of our machine-sewn manufacturing, we've re-dedicated ourselves to our own education, which has brought about our partnership with non-profit organization, Nest—appropriately called The School of Making Project.