The case study for “off-the-grid” fashion was created by Alabama Chanin who, in 2000, headed to Florence, Alabama, to work on what she thought would be a one-month project. Her idea, she says, was to make 200 one-of-a-kind T-shirts by hand, and she went home ‘to search for the elusive skills of hand-sewers who were raised in the quilting tradition.’ Twenty years later, she’s still there, an integral part of a community who is working with fashion responsibly and with transparency. She’s also deeply involved in philanthropy. ‘I never underestimate the value of this community and of being able to work in a global industry from my small town,’ says Chanin.” —Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue 

Though Alabama Chanin has evolved as an idea, company, business, and brand over the past 20 years, our commitment to responsible manufacturing, sustainable supply chain, and care for our team, community, and the environment has never wavered. Tomorrow, the release of the Florence Collection celebrates 20 years of sustainable design. Today we look back at who we’ve become as a company and share stories and inspiration in its anticipation. 

20 Years of Defining Sustainability

About Alabama Chanin 

On Design: William Morris + Arts & Crafts 

The Collection @ Vogue Runway 

How The #WFH Movement Could Reshape Fashion” 

Fish Soup 

Julie Gilhart + the Dalai Lama 

The Moth: Sewing, Singing, Suits, and Cemeteries 

Tee Jays and Terri Wylie 

The Alabama Chanin Story: American Fashion Podcast 


@ Alabama Chanin 

Look for the Florence Collection, arriving tomorrow on  

@ The School of Making 

A fixture in our company history, the Corset debuted in Alabama Stitch Book in 2008 and is now available as a stand-alone pattern. Our team has developed projects in tandem with the pattern: The Corset BundleThe Baby Doll Corset Bundle, and DIY Sister Shirts.  

@ The Factory  

Due to COVID-19, The Factory is open by appointment only. Guests are required to wear face masks throughout the duration of their appointments and we have masks available if needed. Until further notice, we will be checking temperatures for all guests, team members, and anyone entering The Factory. Should you have any questions about our safety procedures, please reach out during our store hours Monday – Friday from 10am – 2pm.       

Schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with our sales team.       

Catherine Counts 
+1.256.760.1090 x 114      

Carlisle Sandy  
+1.256.760.1090 x 105      

Contact us to learn more about local same-day delivery on select pieces, or with any other questions.      

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