Feb 24, 2023
by Karl Smith
Dickies and Sky High Farm Give Old Workwear New Life
by Karl Smith
Feb 24, 2023

Dickies is all about work. And, I think we can all agree, Sky High Farma non-profit organization dedicated to growing and supplying fresh, nutritious, and high-quality foods for donation purposes – does good work. That the two should come together, then, is less a surprise than a match made in workwear heaven.

Put together from donated deadstock pieces, the Sky High Farm x Dickies icons collection has its foundations in some of the Texas-headquartered brand’s most recognizable and most enduring garments. Pieces like the 874 Work Pants, Short Sleeve Work Shirt, and the Eisenhower Jacket, which are all so unmistakable as Dickies offerings.

Or, at least, they were.

Retaining their shape and tough-wearing composition, the collection – which comes in base colors of “Dark Navy” and “Lincoln Green” – enlists the talents of New York-based artist Brian Blakely to add a little something extra to the staple pieces.

The upcycling customization effort leans on Blakely’s artisanal skills, featuring a colorful assortment of hand-chain stitched strawberries, crescent moons, “SHF” in cloud-form lettering, and the Dickies ox-collar logo.

Campaign imagery comes courtesy of longtime friend of the Farm, photographer Ryan McGinley – who also appears in the images, sporting the “Dark Navy” jacket and pants – and leans on SHF’s agricultural roots for its low-key aesthetic.

Speaking on the collection, Daphne Seybold, CMO and co-CEO of Sky High Farm Workwear reenforced the organization’s mission and how the Dickies brand fits into that: “Sky High Farm Workwear was created to support the urgent food access and sovereignty work of Sky High Farm 501(c)(3). Through committed and generous partners such as Dickies — and creatives who have lent their energies to helping us tell our story — we are able to activate donated products in service of a greater end: transforming every customer into a donor and walking advocate for equity in our food system.”

While, from the Dickies side, CMO Sarah Crockett followed suit, adding: “Dickies has over 100 years of history supporting communities and those committed to making their mark. Sky High Farm’s commitment to improving access to resources through the sustainable cultivation of food is a mission that Dickies is proud to support through our platform and brand.”

Sky High Farm – which, it’s worth mentioning, already had its own workwear division pre-dating the Dickies link – also reached out to illustrator and frequent collaborator Joana Avillez, whose unique logo lockup is screen printed on to each (limited) piece by the Williamsburg-based LQQK Studios. All of which follows the SHF ethos of keeping things local and looking after your chosen family.

The Sky High Farm x Dickies “Icons” collection is available now, directly from SHF, as well as Dover Street Market webstores and DSM physical locations — with prices ranging from $190-$335 USD. Elsewhere, in other deadstock news, Stockholm’s Our Legacy has released a selection of upcycled crochet bags.