Usually, archetypal heritage garments rise through the ranks of function and fashion while navigating several fields, industries, and subcultures. Leather jackets were used by daredevils and distinguished professors to military personnel and fringe rebels. Workwear outfitted manual laborers of all sorts from railroaders and factory employees to prisoners doing hard time. But with so many variations disseminating through so many facets of life, is it really that shocking that the chambray work shirt went from the farm to the decks of battleships, to Hollywood sets, and to your closet? It was, in other words, bound to happen.
There are many cases of this within vintage, but none capture the specificity, the niche-ness that one garment from one organization, in one field managed to grow from the ground up. We’re talking about the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Jacket.
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