“We press onward to design and produce in a way that will stand the test of time and holistically benefit the environment, people, and global communities.”
A Note to our Guests:
Last month, we shared a message about the care we are taking for our team members, our unwavering supply chain, and our value system amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. All of us at Alabama Chanin and The School of Making continue to look to our guiding principles of quality, impeccable service, unified teams, organic, local, regional, and domestic sourcing during this uncertain time.
We value you and your support, and wholeheartedly understand the urgent need for face masks right now. We are proud that we can make these items, supporting our team members and communities across our country and around the globe.
Our sewing team in Building 14 sets BIG goals daily and is working diligently to reach them. Last week, we began working with our independent contractors—our talented artisans—to support us in producing more masks. We have scaled every part of our entire operation to manage the influx of orders in the most efficient manner. Our production and fulfillment process takes a careful synchronization; as you can imagine, it’s a puzzle with a lot of moving parts.
We also heard lots of requests for us to release our face mask pattern. When it comes to developing our open-source patterns and projects, our process is meticulous. Putting something together quickly at this time is not possible to meet and maintain our quality standards. Every team member who is able is currently working hard to make masks for our guests and institutions across the nation. If you are able and want to make a mask, we encourage you to seek out the hundreds of resources that have been made available through generous organizations, businesses, and individuals over the past few weeks.
Here’s an updated list of sources:
Fashion Girls for Humanity – To address the shortage of PPE, they have compiled a list of free patterns and video tutorials for masks and gowns, including home sew patterns and open source Gerber and 3d printer files. In less than a week, they received over 10,000 downloads.
State the Label – Our friends in Athens, Georgia, have adapted a pattern design that has been approved by their local hospital. They share it along with instructions and images.
The New York Times – how to make your own fabric face mask from common household materials with a downloadable pattern
CDC – They also offer answers to commonly asked questions like how to properly wear a mask and safely take one off.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns.
Our guest experience team is hard at work and has had an influx of emails and calls, so it might be a minute until they are able to get back to you, but be assured your care is a top priority for us.
Stay well this season,
All of us @ Alabama Chanin