Southern Accents is proud of our Alabama roots. We are always thrilled when given the opportunity to both collaborate with, and lend support to, fellow makers from our home state. This week we received a stunning American flag quilt from one of those makers, Alabama Chanin. The quilt is completely hand-sewn from two layers of 100% organic cotton jersey and features Alabama Chanin’s signature reverse appliqué along with a beautiful blanket stitched border. This incredible work of art is currently on display in our showroom and available for special order.
One of many things that first impressed us about Natalie Chanin, founder and creative director of Alabama Chanin, is her vision. Natalie works from her hometown of Florence, Alabama. Florence has a long history of textile production. Sitting on the banks of the Tennessee River, the city was once home to one of the first textile centers in this part of the country. Alabama Chanin is headquartered in a building that was once a sewing, dyeing, and embroidery facility. Natalie’s vision is to see the return of the textile industry to the state of Alabama.
Building a business that is both environmentally and economically sustainable, encourages and supports the local economy which is an effort that Southern Accents can get behind. Alabama Chanin creates their fashions from 100% organic cotton jersey that is sourced sustainably from seed to fabric. Not unlike our own philosophy of rescuing and restoring architectural salvage, we share with Natalie a passion for helping to protect the environment by using and reusing local resources whenever possible.
Southern Accents collaboration with Alabama Chanin is a natural fit. The artistic aspect of architecture and fashion go hand in hand. The bigger connection for us, is the passion that we share for quality and our creativity that produces a back-to-your-roots awareness. Garlan and Natalie are both artists who think “out of the box.” Both recently participated in the highly curated Southern Makers Festival in Montgomery which celebrated the creative heritage that is Alabama.
Collaborations with like minded artists just makes sense to us which is why we are so excited to currently be working with Natalie on some of the interior design aspects of the manufacturing facility and up-and-coming event space, The Factory, in Florence. The manufacturing facility, working under the label of A. Chanin, is intended to make their items more accessible while continuing their focus on sustainable products and practices. We are looking forward to following the progress of Natalie’s newest ventures!
Stop by Southern Accents to view the beautiful Alabama Chanin quilt. You can also view the quilt online at: www.sa1969.com. To learn more about Alabama Chanin, visit them online at: www.alabamachanin.com.
Written by: Lisa Jones