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See How (and Where) We Make

THE VIRTUAL FACTORY TOUR

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1/29 

Preview the Alabama Chanin Collection in-person at The Factory Store—our flagship location in Florence.

— Alabama Chanin Collection
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2/29 

Opened in 2013, The Factory has featured past art installations like our one-of-a-kind indigo quilts, Rinne Allen's Light Drawings, and Jim and Nancy's Massengill's Three for a Dime photographs from Institute 193, and photographer Pableaux Johnson's Mardi Gras Indians exhibition. Look for something new each time you visit. 

— Exhibitions
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3/29 

The Factory Store is one of the few retail spaces where Sausalito-made Heath Ceramics is available. Find etched pieces from our collaboration with Heath and artisan-made home and kitchen goods in-store. 

— Heath Ceramics
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4/29 

Our Fabric Library and Archives is on view at The Factory Store. Find thousands of textile designs from Natalie that represent over a decade of work.

— Fabric Library
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5/29 

Our sales team utilizes our Fabric Library and Archives to create custom-made garments. It's also a great source for design inspiration.

— Custom Orders
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6/29 

The Factory Store offers special occasion services—from dresses to catering. Call our sales team at 256-760-1090 to schedule a personal fitting at The Factory to design a custom-made dress for your special event. Our skilled team and artisans make the highest quality, one-of-a-kind garments from our organic cotton fabric. 

— For the Bride (and Other Special Occasions)
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7/29 
— Aspire to Inspire
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8/29 

The Factory is Alabama Chanin's headquarters and part of the operation includes a team dedicated to customer service, shipping, and receiving. The team is responsible for answering your questions and making sure your order gets to you with care. Each year we receive orders from all across the globe.

— Great Service
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9/29 

Once Natalie and the design team refine all of Alabama Chanin’s designs, the creation of our hand-sewn and DIY Kits starts in the cutting department, the first step of our in-house production. Completed patterns for current collections are passed to the department for easy access.

— Patterns
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10/29 

This is the first step in production for hand-sewn garments and DIY Kits. Our team carefully traces and cuts the pattern pieces from our organic fabric. 

— Cutting Department
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11/29 

Our designs are transferred onto the cut patterns pieces in the stenciling department. Each design is hand-painted onto the fabric using an airbrushing technique. This process is at the core of our lean-method manufactuirng process.

— Hands-on
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12/29 

Once fabric has been cut it is hand painted utilizing stencils that are either laser-cut from Mylar or cut in-house from our Pennant Felt. This stenciled fabric is then sewn into garments or packed into DIY Kits. All of the stencils offered on our Stencils + Resources page are the same ones we use here at The Factory.

— Stenciling
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13/29 

Our Design Studio is a creative space where Natalie and all memebers of the production and design teams work together to design the newest collection. The team works with our dye house to create custom colors and experiments in house with new treatments and beading patterns.

— Design Studio
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14/29 

Once a new garment, accessory, or home good has been designed, Natalie and her team work with different fabrics, patterns, and treatments to hone an idea into a finished product. 

— Product Development
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15/29 

Our design team is a collective of individuals who take a collaborative approach to making and who challenge one another in the best possible ways. We pride ourselves on fostering an environment that encourages creative freedom, innovation, and exploration.

— Design
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16/29 
— Development Samples
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17/29 

Natalie's office features a wall of inspiration sourced from in house designs and from outside artists, designers, and photographers—collected over years.

— Natalie's Office
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18/29 

Natalie's personal library of design, photography, and art books, as well as novels and cookbooks, serves as inspiration for the entire company. These books can be borrowed by employees and are a valued resource to Natalie and our designers.

— Design Library
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19/29 

The Pattern Archives boast nearly 1,000 patterns that span the life of Alabama Chanin. The patterns serve as stepping stones to current designs and past styles can be pulled for customers to create a custom, one-of-a-kind garment. We believe in preserving the past while working towards the future.

— Pattern Archives
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20/29 

Formed in 2014, Bldg. 14 facilitates the production of, and sources materials for, other companies that wish to produce responsibly. Bldg. 14 also produces Alabama Chanin's own line of machine-made garments, Core Essentials.

— Bldg. 14
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21/29 

"It takes a village."

— Production In Process
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22/29 

The machine manufacturing arm of Alabama Chanin production is unique in that one sewer completes an entire garment. All of our machine-sewn garments, accessories, and home goods are produced in small batches with the same excellence as the Alabama Chanin collection, but at a lower price point.

— Machine Manufacturing
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23/29 

Alabama Chanin is constantly inspired by other companies that understand the importance of designing and producing responsibly and ethically, and that employs those willing to work openly, honestly, and for the right reasons. One such company is Patagonia, which we work with to produce a line of scarves made from recycled Patagonia jackets.

— Special Projects
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24/29 

Our small group of experienced machine sewers creates each garment as it is ordered. This made-to-order system allows us to practice lean method manufacturing, helping reduce and even eliminate waste in our production process. 

— Small Batch Production
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25/29 

"Life is in the details." - wise person

— Finishing Details
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26/29 

As the communal making area within The Factory, this space hosts a variety of workshops throughout the year. Suitable for all skill levels, each workshop is taught by members of the Alabama Chanin team. The Workshop Headquarters is also home to our take on traditional sewing circles, First and Third Tuesdays.

— Workshop Headquarters
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27/29 

Always striving to be an extensive resource for home sewers, The School of Making offers blanks in complete size runs for all of the garments offered in our DIY Kits. 

— DIY Services
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28/29 

The initial decision to open source our techniques and materials grew from our commitment to sustainability and our desire to make living arts accessible to all consumers. We hope that you will use your work with us as a jumping-off place to spur your own creativity and bring that creativity to your own community.

— Creative Integrity
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29/29 

Come see us.

— Visit us at The Factory
slide image alt text
1/29 

Preview the Alabama Chanin Collection in-person at The Factory Store—our flagship location in Florence.

— Alabama Chanin Collection
slide image alt text
2/29 

Opened in 2013, The Factory has featured past art installations like our one-of-a-kind indigo quilts, Rinne Allen's Light Drawings, and Jim and Nancy's Massengill's Three for a Dime photographs from Institute 193, and photographer Pableaux Johnson's Mardi Gras Indians exhibition. Look for something new each time you visit. 

— Exhibitions
slide image alt text
3/29 

The Factory Store is one of the few retail spaces where Sausalito-made Heath Ceramics is available. Find etched pieces from our collaboration with Heath and artisan-made home and kitchen goods in-store. 

— Heath Ceramics
slide image alt text
4/29 

Our Fabric Library and Archives is on view at The Factory Store. Find thousands of textile designs from Natalie that represent over a decade of work.

— Fabric Library
slide image alt text
5/29 

Our sales team utilizes our Fabric Library and Archives to create custom-made garments. It's also a great source for design inspiration.

— Custom Orders
slide image alt text
6/29 

The Factory Store offers special occasion services—from dresses to catering. Call our sales team at 256-760-1090 to schedule a personal fitting at The Factory to design a custom-made dress for your special event. Our skilled team and artisans make the highest quality, one-of-a-kind garments from our organic cotton fabric. 

— For the Bride (and Other Special Occasions)
slide image alt text
7/29 
— Aspire to Inspire
slide image alt text
8/29 

The Factory is Alabama Chanin's headquarters and part of the operation includes a team dedicated to customer service, shipping, and receiving. The team is responsible for answering your questions and making sure your order gets to you with care. Each year we receive orders from all across the globe.

— Great Service
slide image alt text
9/29 

Once Natalie and the design team refine all of Alabama Chanin’s designs, the creation of our hand-sewn and DIY Kits starts in the cutting department, the first step of our in-house production. Completed patterns for current collections are passed to the department for easy access.

— Patterns
slide image alt text
10/29 

This is the first step in production for hand-sewn garments and DIY Kits. Our team carefully traces and cuts the pattern pieces from our organic fabric. 

— Cutting Department
slide image alt text
11/29 

Our designs are transferred onto the cut patterns pieces in the stenciling department. Each design is hand-painted onto the fabric using an airbrushing technique. This process is at the core of our lean-method manufactuirng process.

— Hands-on
slide image alt text
12/29 

Once fabric has been cut it is hand painted utilizing stencils that are either laser-cut from Mylar or cut in-house from our Pennant Felt. This stenciled fabric is then sewn into garments or packed into DIY Kits. All of the stencils offered on our Stencils + Resources page are the same ones we use here at The Factory.

— Stenciling
slide image alt text
13/29 

Our Design Studio is a creative space where Natalie and all memebers of the production and design teams work together to design the newest collection. The team works with our dye house to create custom colors and experiments in house with new treatments and beading patterns.

— Design Studio
slide image alt text
14/29 

Once a new garment, accessory, or home good has been designed, Natalie and her team work with different fabrics, patterns, and treatments to hone an idea into a finished product. 

— Product Development
slide image alt text
15/29 

Our design team is a collective of individuals who take a collaborative approach to making and who challenge one another in the best possible ways. We pride ourselves on fostering an environment that encourages creative freedom, innovation, and exploration.

— Design
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16/29 
— Development Samples
slide image alt text
17/29 

Natalie's office features a wall of inspiration sourced from in house designs and from outside artists, designers, and photographers—collected over years.

— Natalie's Office
slide image alt text
18/29 

Natalie's personal library of design, photography, and art books, as well as novels and cookbooks, serves as inspiration for the entire company. These books can be borrowed by employees and are a valued resource to Natalie and our designers.

— Design Library
slide image alt text
19/29 

The Pattern Archives boast nearly 1,000 patterns that span the life of Alabama Chanin. The patterns serve as stepping stones to current designs and past styles can be pulled for customers to create a custom, one-of-a-kind garment. We believe in preserving the past while working towards the future.

— Pattern Archives
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20/29 

Formed in 2014, Bldg. 14 facilitates the production of, and sources materials for, other companies that wish to produce responsibly. Bldg. 14 also produces Alabama Chanin's own line of machine-made garments, Core Essentials.

— Bldg. 14
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21/29 

"It takes a village."

— Production In Process
slide image alt text
22/29 

The machine manufacturing arm of Alabama Chanin production is unique in that one sewer completes an entire garment. All of our machine-sewn garments, accessories, and home goods are produced in small batches with the same excellence as the Alabama Chanin collection, but at a lower price point.

— Machine Manufacturing
slide image alt text
23/29 

Alabama Chanin is constantly inspired by other companies that understand the importance of designing and producing responsibly and ethically, and that employs those willing to work openly, honestly, and for the right reasons. One such company is Patagonia, which we work with to produce a line of scarves made from recycled Patagonia jackets.

— Special Projects
slide image alt text
24/29 

Our small group of experienced machine sewers creates each garment as it is ordered. This made-to-order system allows us to practice lean method manufacturing, helping reduce and even eliminate waste in our production process. 

— Small Batch Production
slide image alt text
25/29 

"Life is in the details." - wise person

— Finishing Details
slide image alt text
26/29 

As the communal making area within The Factory, this space hosts a variety of workshops throughout the year. Suitable for all skill levels, each workshop is taught by members of the Alabama Chanin team. The Workshop Headquarters is also home to our take on traditional sewing circles, First and Third Tuesdays.

— Workshop Headquarters
slide image alt text
27/29 

Always striving to be an extensive resource for home sewers, The School of Making offers blanks in complete size runs for all of the garments offered in our DIY Kits. 

— DIY Services
slide image alt text
28/29 

The initial decision to open source our techniques and materials grew from our commitment to sustainability and our desire to make living arts accessible to all consumers. We hope that you will use your work with us as a jumping-off place to spur your own creativity and bring that creativity to your own community.

— Creative Integrity
slide image alt text
29/29 

Come see us.

— Visit us at The Factory
slide image alt text
1/29 

Preview the Alabama Chanin Collection in-person at The Factory Store—our flagship location in Florence.

— Alabama Chanin Collection
slide image alt text
2/29 

Opened in 2013, The Factory has featured past art installations like our one-of-a-kind indigo quilts, Rinne Allen's Light Drawings, and Jim and Nancy's Massengill's Three for a Dime photographs from Institute 193, and photographer Pableaux Johnson's Mardi Gras Indians exhibition. Look for something new each time you visit. 

— Exhibitions
slide image alt text
3/29 

The Factory Store is one of the few retail spaces where Sausalito-made Heath Ceramics is available. Find etched pieces from our collaboration with Heath and artisan-made home and kitchen goods in-store. 

— Heath Ceramics
slide image alt text
4/29 

Our Fabric Library and Archives is on view at The Factory Store. Find thousands of textile designs from Natalie that represent over a decade of work.

— Fabric Library
slide image alt text
5/29 

Our sales team utilizes our Fabric Library and Archives to create custom-made garments. It's also a great source for design inspiration.

— Custom Orders
slide image alt text
6/29 

The Factory Store offers special occasion services—from dresses to catering. Call our sales team at 256-760-1090 to schedule a personal fitting at The Factory to design a custom-made dress for your special event. Our skilled team and artisans make the highest quality, one-of-a-kind garments from our organic cotton fabric. 

— For the Bride (and Other Special Occasions)
slide image alt text
7/29 
— Aspire to Inspire
slide image alt text
8/29 

The Factory is Alabama Chanin's headquarters and part of the operation includes a team dedicated to customer service, shipping, and receiving. The team is responsible for answering your questions and making sure your order gets to you with care. Each year we receive orders from all across the globe.

— Great Service
slide image alt text
9/29 

Once Natalie and the design team refine all of Alabama Chanin’s designs, the creation of our hand-sewn and DIY Kits starts in the cutting department, the first step of our in-house production. Completed patterns for current collections are passed to the department for easy access.

— Patterns
slide image alt text
10/29 

This is the first step in production for hand-sewn garments and DIY Kits. Our team carefully traces and cuts the pattern pieces from our organic fabric. 

— Cutting Department
slide image alt text
11/29 

Our designs are transferred onto the cut patterns pieces in the stenciling department. Each design is hand-painted onto the fabric using an airbrushing technique. This process is at the core of our lean-method manufactuirng process.

— Hands-on
slide image alt text
12/29 

Once fabric has been cut it is hand painted utilizing stencils that are either laser-cut from Mylar or cut in-house from our Pennant Felt. This stenciled fabric is then sewn into garments or packed into DIY Kits. All of the stencils offered on our Stencils + Resources page are the same ones we use here at The Factory.

— Stenciling
slide image alt text
13/29 

Our Design Studio is a creative space where Natalie and all memebers of the production and design teams work together to design the newest collection. The team works with our dye house to create custom colors and experiments in house with new treatments and beading patterns.

— Design Studio
slide image alt text
14/29 

Once a new garment, accessory, or home good has been designed, Natalie and her team work with different fabrics, patterns, and treatments to hone an idea into a finished product. 

— Product Development
slide image alt text
15/29 

Our design team is a collective of individuals who take a collaborative approach to making and who challenge one another in the best possible ways. We pride ourselves on fostering an environment that encourages creative freedom, innovation, and exploration.

— Design
slide image alt text
16/29 
— Development Samples
slide image alt text
17/29 

Natalie's office features a wall of inspiration sourced from in house designs and from outside artists, designers, and photographers—collected over years.

— Natalie's Office
slide image alt text
18/29 

Natalie's personal library of design, photography, and art books, as well as novels and cookbooks, serves as inspiration for the entire company. These books can be borrowed by employees and are a valued resource to Natalie and our designers.

— Design Library
slide image alt text
19/29 

The Pattern Archives boast nearly 1,000 patterns that span the life of Alabama Chanin. The patterns serve as stepping stones to current designs and past styles can be pulled for customers to create a custom, one-of-a-kind garment. We believe in preserving the past while working towards the future.

— Pattern Archives
slide image alt text
20/29 

Formed in 2014, Bldg. 14 facilitates the production of, and sources materials for, other companies that wish to produce responsibly. Bldg. 14 also produces Alabama Chanin's own line of machine-made garments, Core Essentials.

— Bldg. 14
slide image alt text
21/29 

"It takes a village."

— Production In Process
slide image alt text
22/29 

The machine manufacturing arm of Alabama Chanin production is unique in that one sewer completes an entire garment. All of our machine-sewn garments, accessories, and home goods are produced in small batches with the same excellence as the Alabama Chanin collection, but at a lower price point.

— Machine Manufacturing
slide image alt text
23/29 

Alabama Chanin is constantly inspired by other companies that understand the importance of designing and producing responsibly and ethically, and that employs those willing to work openly, honestly, and for the right reasons. One such company is Patagonia, which we work with to produce a line of scarves made from recycled Patagonia jackets.

— Special Projects
slide image alt text
24/29 

Our small group of experienced machine sewers creates each garment as it is ordered. This made-to-order system allows us to practice lean method manufacturing, helping reduce and even eliminate waste in our production process. 

— Small Batch Production
slide image alt text
25/29 

"Life is in the details." - wise person

— Finishing Details
slide image alt text
26/29 

As the communal making area within The Factory, this space hosts a variety of workshops throughout the year. Suitable for all skill levels, each workshop is taught by members of the Alabama Chanin team. The Workshop Headquarters is also home to our take on traditional sewing circles, First and Third Tuesdays.

— Workshop Headquarters
slide image alt text
27/29 

Always striving to be an extensive resource for home sewers, The School of Making offers blanks in complete size runs for all of the garments offered in our DIY Kits. 

— DIY Services
slide image alt text
28/29 

The initial decision to open source our techniques and materials grew from our commitment to sustainability and our desire to make living arts accessible to all consumers. We hope that you will use your work with us as a jumping-off place to spur your own creativity and bring that creativity to your own community.

— Creative Integrity
slide image alt text
29/29 

Come see us.

— Visit us at The Factory