I first heard of Alabama Chanin when founder, Natalie Chanin told her story on The Moth - absolutely my favorite radio show.
Founded in 2000 in Florence, AL, Alabama Chanin began as a small collection of handmade garments stitched from recycled t shirt jersey. As interest grew, so did the company, and Alabama Chanin now includes a gorgeous hand sewn high fashion line, a machine sewn ready-to-wear organic cotton jersey line, and The School of Making.
Alabama Chanin releases two high end fashion collections a year. Made from organic, american grown, spun and knit cotton jersey, the high end Alabama Chanin line builds on the signature techniques and aesthetics. All printing, painting, beading, stitching and seams are done entirely by hand by skilled craftspeople in the Southern United States.
In 2013, Alabama Chanin introduced Building 14, where their ready to wear, machine sewn line is produced. The timeless silhouettes are the same as in the Collection, but the styling is simplified, without the intricate handwork. A simpler line of clothing, still made entirely in the United States from organic cotton jersey these pieces can be mixed with the Collection, or worn alone.
If DIY is more your scene, Alabama Chanin produces DIY kits that allow you to make some of their heirloom Collection pieces yourself.