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Fire in the Kitchen: Grateful Dead Unveil Newest Apron Collection With Hedley & Bennett

The officially-licensed collaboration features denim and tie-dye aprons adorned with the band’s iconic motifs

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Jamming out to “Friend of the Devil” while cooking dinner isn’t the only way to bring the Grateful Dead into your kitchen. Now, Dead Heads can order a new, updated collection of Grateful Dead aprons from premium kitchen accessories company Hedley & Bennett.

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Diana Koenigsberg for Hedley and Bennett

Buy: Grateful Dead Apron at $105

The Grateful Dead x Hedley & Bennett Essential Aprons line officially launched last fall, but the new 2022 collection arrived this week, starting at $105 per apron.

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Diana Koenigsberg / Hedley and Bennett

Buy: Grateful Dead Apron at $105

The three newest apron additions all come in a tie-dye variation — Blue, Rainbow, and a touch of Grey — and are made with stretchy, tough cotton that can hold up in any cooking situation. Each piece comes with a different design, from dancing bears to dancing skeletons.

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Diana Koenigsberg for Hedley and Bennett

The psychedelic launch is an officially licensed collaboration with the band, and also features slightly stretchy tie-dye canvas aprons with the iconic dancing bears as chefs, holding kitchen essentials like whisks, knives and spatulas in hand.

Originally part of the 2021 collection launch, Hedley & Bennett’s denim apron, which was created using soft deadstock materials from Los Angeles, is also still available. Tie-dye patchwork pockets are stitched into the apron, so you can free up your hands and store utensils, a bottle opener or any other tools while you’re prepping a meal.

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Colin Bester

Buy: Hedley & Bennett Grateful Dead Apron at $105

“There is so much love for the Grateful Dead in the food world and amongst so many big huge chefs,” Hedley & Bennett’s founder and CEO Ellen Bennett previously told Rolling Stone.

In fact, Bennett also happens to be a Dead Head herself. “I discovered the Grateful Dead [around] the same time I got my start as a cook many years ago,” Bennett says.

“One of my first restaurant jobs ever was at this incredible two-Michelin star place called Providence, run by Chef Michael Cimarusti, who also happens to be a passionate Dead Head,” Bennett says. “Chef ran the tightest ship possible, always holding us to the highest standards of perfection all while the Dead would be blasting away in the background, keeping a creative spirit to the kitchen no matter how serious things got.”

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Colin Bester

Buy: Hedley & Bennett Grateful Dead Apron at $105

The latest apron launch comes on the heels of several other recent Grateful Dead merch collaborations. Last summer, the band teamed up with Levi’s for a collection of tie-dye tees, and recently released a Skull & Roses collectible bobblehead with Kollectico that celebrates the 1971 live album’s 50th anniversary.

The updated Hedley & Bennett collection is available to shop online now, including the previous releases. Because it’s a limited-edition run, you may want to scoop these up for the chef in your life before these sell out. And for more Grateful Dead merch, you can find more ideas in our gift guide here.

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