Ron Finley, known as the “Gangsta Gardener” is a visionary who gained fame a decade ago by transforming the sidewalks of his South Central Los Angeles neighborhood into organic urban food gardens, in the process battling local bureaucrats over land-use laws. “It’s amazing what a sunflower could do,” he reflected in one of his TED Talks in which he preaches the gospel of healthy natural produce over the junk foods responsible for the health issues endemic in his community. “Just plant some shit,” he advises. “Get a shovel and get gansta with it. Become a renegade.”
Finley also had an early career in fashion design. Inspired by his vision and activism, Taylor Stitch is launching a collaboration with Finley called the Digging In Capsule, “work-ready pieces engineered for those prepared to get their hands dirty in the name of change.” A portion of proceeds benefits the Ron Finley Project.
Here are some standouts in the collection, now available for pre-order:
The Task Jacket available in patchwork or solid navy is made from 100% organic cotton and an innovative 100% plant-based wax.
The Boss Duck canvas Carpenter Pant was created expressly for Taylor Stitch from a blend of hemp, organic cotton, and recycled polyester. They feature plenty of clever details like double-level coin pockets and reinforced stitching at stress points. They're stonewashed so they've got plenty of character from the start.
These garment-dyed tees are made from upcycled cotton and recycled polyester in two colorways: chlorophyll and hibiscus. The graphic is a Finley-designed font.
Shop the whole collection here.