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The limited-edition release is the latest officially-licensed collab with Slowtide, inspired by the band’s album art and iconography

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Update: Outdoor apparel and accessories brand Slowtide has discounted select towels, blankets, and accessories for a limited time. No promo code is needed to get the discount. Check out all the Grateful Dead merch on sale here, with select styles up to 30% off.

Grateful Dead have teamed up once again with Cali-based accessories brand, Slowtide, on a new towel collaboration, inspired by the band’s album art and iconography, and the laidback vibe of the West Coast.

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The brand-new launch is called the “Backstage” towel, and it features a soft velour side with the band’s large Steal Your Face icon printed in the center, along with a stitched corner patch. Measuring 64 x 34 inches, the limited-edition towel even features a convenient loop for easy drying. The new lightweight towel joins several other pieces in the Dead’s official Slowtide collection, which includes a group of other absorbent, soft towels and beach-ready blankets alike.

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In addition to the latest release, the Slowtide x Grateful Dead collaboration also includes a number of other towel options that Slowtide says are “influenced by the ocean and beach culture.” Multiple different Dead-inspired prints are still available on the website, with each design superimposed on an oversized beach towel. For some of the towels, the designs are printed on a single side (the other side is a solo color) and Slowtide says it uses reactive dye that helps prevent fading.

The limited-edition collab came out several seasons ago, and many styles immediately sold out online, making each of these pieces a true collector’s item. A number of styles are now stocked on Slowtide.co, but once again selling quickly.

The towels are all made with sustainably sourced cotton, and are designed for the beach or use at home (also great for outdoor concerts and music festivals whenever those start up again).

Slowtide says all its cotton is certified through the The Cotton LEADS program, which promotes responsible cotton production through the use of best practices and traceability in the supply chain. All Slowtide products also pass the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification, meaning they are safely produced and do not contain any harmful chemicals or allergic substances.

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Two throw blankets are also available on Slowtide.co right now, both inspired by the counterculture movement of the Sixties, and made from a soft, sustainable cotton. The “Filmore” blanket (available here) is inspired by the band’s legendary shows at the Filmore Auditorium in San Francisco in 1969. The shows, which took place between February and March of that year, were later released as the Filmore West 1969 album — widely believed to be one of the first live recordings of the Grateful Dead.

The Filmore blanket features a hippie-inspired print, with the Dead’s familiar skull motif and 13-point lightning bolt seen throughout. Made in the USA, the blanket features a reversible design and fringe finish. The blanket was sold out when it was first released, but you can find it here for $175.

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The Skull & Roses Bertha Blanket, meantime, is a heavyweight blanket that riffs on the iconic album art from the Dead’s 1971 release, known as the Skulls and Roses album. Both blankets measure 50 x 68 inches and can be used as a throw blanket, bedding, or hung as wall art.

The Grateful Dead collection is an officially licensed collaboration between Slowtide and the band. The blankets and towels follow several other collaborations for the group, including a limited-edition Grateful Dead phone case with tech accessories brand Casely, that recently got restocked online.

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