Dickies & Salvation Army Team Up to Benefit Unemployed Detroit Workers
FORT WORTH, Texas – (Business Wire) Dickies®, the leading global work wear brand, today announced the retail availability of the Detroit 874, a limited-edition, U.S. made work pant benefiting unemployed workers in Detroit. For every pair of Detroit 874s sold, Dickies will donate a pair of Original 874® Work Pants to The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit to assist workers in need.
The Detroit 874 is a unique adaptation of Dickies’ classic 874 work pant and represents a program extension of the recently launched “874® Versus” integrated marketing campaign. Titled “874 vs. Unemployment,” the special program provides Detroit workers with a basic necessity to help secure a job and stay protected on the job site – a good, tough, reliable pair of work pants. Starting today, 5,000 pairs of the Detroit 874s are available for the purchase price of $50 (with free shipping) at http://www.dickies.com.
Made in the U.S., the limited edition Detroit 874 is a handcrafted, dark navy twill work pant with exclusive red contrast stitching, red pocketing, special logo and waistband branding. The pants retain the most popular features of the Original 874, including an original fit, 65/35 polycotton twill fabric, wrinkle resistance, stain release finish, permanent crease and distinctive tunnel belt loops.
“The 874 Versus campaign is about showcasing our flagship Original 874 work pant and how it resonates with workers across a broad spectrum of industries and their lifestyles,” said Tad Uchtman, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Merchandising and Licensing at Dickies. “874 vs. Unemployment is a very intuitive program and logical augmentation of that effort. Dickies makes hard working pants, and we want to get them to the people who need them the most.”
Dickies unveiled the special edition garment today in Detroit. Actor, Director and Detroit Native Vondie Curtis Hall was on site to show support for the program and the positive impact it will have in the city of Detroit. At the unveiling, Dickies made an initial donation of 5,000 pairs of Original 874s to The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit, as a call to action to consumers to help double that quantity through the sale of the Detroit 874. For every pair of Detroit 874s sold, Dickies will match that sale with another pair of Original 874s donated to The Salvation Army. If all 5,000 pairs of Detroit 874s are sold, Dickies will have contributed 10,000 pairs of Original 874s to help Detroit workers. Dickies also presented The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit with $25,000 to support their work in Detroit.
“This generous program comes in a time of economic crisis for our community, when the people we serve are struggling to find job opportunities and also lack the basic necessities to secure a job,” said Major Monty Wandling with The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. “We feed and shelter thousands of people a day. Having proper work clothing is a critical next step we can provide to those we’re helping get back on their feet. We are blessed to be able to provide Dickies work pants to Detroiters in need.”
Dickies has made its name providing reliable, no nonsense work wear to hard working people around the world for nearly 90 years. The brand’s timeless Original 874 has remained workers’ pant of choice for over 40 years, holding up to the rigorous wear and tear of the workplace. As a result, the 874 has evolved into 28 variants, including washed fabrics, distressed and pigment dyes; and has inspired a franchise of work wear including work shirts, slim and skinny fits, cutoffs, women’s and kids’ versions, and more.
The special edition Detroit 874 is part of the company’s ongoing branding efforts to showcase the strength, versatility and enduring spirit of the Dickies brand and its flagship product, the Original 874 Work Pant. Dickies’ “874 Versus” marketing campaign launched in July 2010 featuring a series of tough tests with the iconic pant.
“Dickies and Detroit have some inherent similarities. Both have the hallmarks of a classic American work ethic; both persevere no matter what obstacles arise; and both have an undeniable authenticity steeped in pride and independence,” added Uchtman. “There’s no question that Detroit has been severely impacted by the economic crisis, perhaps more than any other major city in the country. Given that, and the bonds we have in common, it’s only natural for Dickies to do something in Detroit. We are indebted to The Salvation Army for getting the pants in the hands of local workers.”
Dickies® is the leading global brand of innovative and trusted work wear. The brand has an unwavering commitment and proud heritage of providing tough, quality clothing to workers for more than 88 years. The Dickies brand has grown from bib overalls to World War II U.S. military uniforms to its iconic Original 874® Work Pant to footwear and much more. Embraced by workers everywhere, Dickies is defined by the people who wear our apparel–independent, no nonsense and a little rough around the edges. As the signature brand in the portfolio owned by Williamson-Dickie Mfg Co., Dickies products are available in more than 60 countries worldwide. For more about Dickies, visit dickies.com.
About The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit
Founded by William Booth in London, England in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. In 2009, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit was involved in providing 3,181,865 million meals and 724,134 nights of shelter for the homeless. The Salvation Army uses $.85 of every dollar raised to provide direct services to people in need each and every day of the year. For more information about The Salvation Army, please call 877-SAL-MICH, or visit us at http://www.salmich.org.