San Francisco-based Taylor Stitch will sprout out a new collaborative collection on February 17.
Called the “Digging In Capsule,” the series consists of two T-shirts, a hoodie, a pant and two jackets co-designed with Ron Finley, who rose to fame in 2010 after turning an unused strip of grass between his sidewalk and the road into an organic garden. He invited neighbors in his community to take freely from his crop of fresh fruits and vegetables, eager to educate them and offer a readily available alternative to the ubiquitous fast food of the area. He later received a cease and desist notice from the city, claiming that though he owned the strip of land, it was in their custody. He fought back and won by getting the LA land-use laws changed thereby opening up the possibility of community gardens in unused lots for the entire city.
Now known as “The Gangsta Gardener,” he has hosted TED talks and a founded a non-profit organization committed to cultivating community gardens.
Each piece in the capsule is created with materials that are upcycled, recycled, organic or responsibly sourced.
Highlights include a tee that says PLANT SOME SHIT and a hoodie embroidered with a sunflower design created by Finley’s son, Kohshin. There’s also a waxed jacket and duck carpenter pant.
It will be available for pre-order exclusively through the Taylor Stitch Workshop, with a portion of every sale donated back to The Ron Finley Project to help support urban gardening initiatives nationwide.