FFA, or the Future Farmers of America, is an agricultural youth education organization founded in 1928 to "prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population." The blue corduroy jackets the Virginia-based group issues to this day are iconic in rural states, and vintage versions are highly prized by collectors.
One such classic was the inspiration for the latest style triumph from Taylor Stitch, the Piston Jacket in Indigo Corduroy. The vintage piece was acquired by one of Taylor Stitch's designers while on a trip home to Texas. Simply recreating it would have been too easy, however.
Keeping its essential Harrington pilot's jacket silhouette, Taylor Stitch rendered the Piston in 100% organic cotton indigo corduroy. The jacket is garment-dyed, meaning it is first cut and sewn and then washed in an indigo dye bath, which "softens up the fibers and builds a rich blue tone that will cool and fade with extended wear."
The "cornerstone of old school cool" comes with a two-way zipper so it "never bunches up at your waist if you’re sitting down, driving, or flying for that matter." Then there’s the leather detailing on the welt pockets, side pull tabs, and under the collar, that also puts this beauty above and beyond.
Time to get airborne....
(PS: We just caught wind that T.S. is auctioning off the three custom Piston jackets to raise money for the effort to help provide relief to the Australian wildfires. 100% of proceeds from the auction will benefit New South Wales Rural Fire Service. )