Add These Slow Fashion Basics to Your Fall Fashion Wishlist

Here’s good news for those who covet the slow fashion ethos of pioneering eco brand Alabama Chanin but need a more accessible price point: this month marks the expansion of the brand’s machine-made line.

As founder Natalie Chanin says on Spirit of 608 podcast (hear her in EP 133), the handsewn garments produced in their Florence, Alabama home base aren’t cheap. That’s not surprising considering the fair wages they pay for their collections, handwork techniques adapted from traditional quilting and details inspired by artists like Lee Bontecou, whose take on geometric patterns runs through the fall collection.

While the company’s dedication to meticulously crafted clothing made by hand using 100 percent organic cotton grown in the USA hasn’t waned a bit, revving up the machine-made garments means more basics at closer-to-everyday prices. Pieces such as tees, tanks and a pullover inspired by James Beard award-winning Atlanta chef Ashley Christensen will fit seamlessly into your year-round wardrobe and even step up for formal occasions when styled just right. And of course, all pair perfectly with the luxe, hand-stitched statement pieces the brand is known for.

You’ll find the collection online at and in retailers Here are a few of our Alabama Chanin favorites for fall:

Known for her abstract geometric and graphic patterns, artist Lee Bontecou, the inspiration for a number of pieces in the current collection, was a prominent figure in the New York art scene in the 60’s. The powerful shapes and flowing energy seen in her pieces are reincarnated in Alabama Chanin’s latest collection in draped silhouettes that exude simple and comfortable elegance.

Each piece in the collection is made from 100 percent organic jersey cotton or chambray – all ethically sourced from seed to factory. It’s this kind of attention to detail and unique supply chain that makes pieces from Alabama Chanin’s core collection achieve near-heirloom status in their wearers’ closets.


Learn more about the brand and hear founder Natalie’s story from growing up in a small Alabama town to becoming an international stylist and back again on the Spirit of 608 podcast.

Images courtesy of Alabama Chanin



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