We've written about our friends at Alabama Chanin here many times; They are continually doing great things. Recently, alongside their friend and frequent collaborator Billy Reid, they've seen the launch of their first line of garments grown from their very own organic cotton.
Over two years ago, members of the Alabama Chanin and Billy Reid teams planted seeds for a 6.9 acre organic cotton crop, and tended the field with the help of friends & family. In the fall of that year, they celebrated the harvest by hosting a picking party for the 150+ friends who came to help pick this first batch of organically grown cotton. The cotton was then delivered to a nearby gin, and then traversed the south to various mills where it eventually became yards & yards of cotton jersey fabric.
Rinne documented the harvest and the crop's journey to becoming clothing designed, made and sold by Alabama Chanin and Billy Reid. Her work, alongside more photographs and details about the harvest can be found in the first installment of her New York Times series on harvests across the South.
photograph by rinne allen