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THE CLEAN TEES: MODERN MANUFACTURING

Florence, Alabama, was known as the “T-Shirt Capital of the World” during its prime as a textile manufacturing center during the 1980s and 1990s. (If you are new to the Journal, read back here, here, and here to learn more about that history.) Our team in Bldg. 14—part of the Alabama Chanin Family of Businesses—works to not only preserve that history but to tell a new story of modern manufacturing in our community and in the United States.

Our design and production team in Bldg. 14 has been working for over a year—sourcing fabrics, creating samples, and testing fits to bring you The Clean Tees.

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The Clean Tees are created using the same quality standards and local, ethical manufacturing practices we utilize in the Alabama Chanin Collection. The T-shirts are unisex styles, for women and men alike. Expect a relaxed fit, straight cut, and longer length. ­­­

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We’ve created three styles: Classic, Crew, and Ringer—each with their own unique details. These styles are available in two fabric types: Super-soft 7’s and Varsity weight.

Our new Super-soft 7’s organic cotton fabric is a knit jersey that falls in between our lightweight (4.76 ounces) and medium-weight (9.8 ounces). At 7 – 7.5 ounces per linear yard, this fabric feels like your favorite worn-in T-shirt. It is soft to touch and moves well with you. It is made from 100% certified organic cotton that is grown and spun overseas, and knit and dyed in California. We’ve carefully sourced it to provide another sustainable option in our rotation of organic fabrics.

If you are familiar with Alabama Chanin, you likely know our signature 100% organic medium-weight cotton jersey. It’s the fabric that we’ve sourced for over a decade from farmers in Texas. The weight of this knit jersey, referred to as Varsity weight for our Crew and Ringer T-shirts, is 9.8 ounces per linear yard, giving it a sturdy and heavier feel for a T-shirt; it often referred to as “heavy weight” in the industry, though we call it medium-weight. It is made from 100% certified organic cotton that is grown in Texas, spun in North Carolina, knit and dyed in South Carolina— proudly grown-to-sewn in the US.

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The Classic Tee

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The Crew Tee

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The Ringer Tee

Shop The Clean Tees in the Bldg. 14 section of our website and learn more about our manufacturing initiatives, services, and partners.

P.S. – Our T-shirts are styled with American-made cone denim jeans from Imogene + Willie—a kindred company that also values the beauty of design, craftsmanship, and American manufacturing. Dress shoes are by Freda Salvador, who designs in California and handmakes their shoes in Spain.

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