I’ve barked time and time again about Dickies being one of my favorite companies. Like most true work-wear garment companies, they stick to chore coats, khaki trousers, carpenter jeans, overalls, work shirts, etc. While some of their offerings, like the trousers, can’t hardly be beat…however, the carpenter jeans certainly can.
With that said, I’m torn to pieces about the new direction Dickies have taken. Like Carhartt, it looks like a European selection is coming. The first of the line are a pair of selvedge jeans, notably named the California. Selevedge can be had anywhere, but with Dickies it’s not the same ball game. At least I wouldn’t hesitate to wear ’em down and fuck ’em up. Unlike some “raw selvedge denim” companies I’ve experienced in the past. Plus, I love labels…dynamite! A really informative brand history and loom rundown is below as well.
C.N. Williamson and E.E. “Colonel” Dickie began their business careers in the “vehicle and harness” business in Bryan, Texas.
In 1918, the name changed to U.S. Overall Company and in 1922, C. Don Williamson joined with his father and cousin. Then renaming it the Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co. From its conception as a bib overall company, today Dickies has grown to be the number one manufacturer of work apparel worldwide.
Made from the finest Zimbabwean cotton and then woven into red selvage denim fabric on Japanese vintage shuttle looms. The denim is then constructed by a small family run Japanese manufacturer (whom Dickies are their only US clients).