As you all know the brand Carhartt, you all should know the long history behind The Carhartt Company. It started more than 120 years ago, but have a look at our history board below to have a full overview.
Carhartt Workwear – History
1855: Hamilton Carhartt is born in Macedon Locks – New York
1889: With only 4 sewing machine and 5 employees, Hamilton Carhartt has begun to manufacture working clothes. Especially overalls in duck and denim, but under trade union conditions.
1910: The small Carhartt Company expands. That included two cotton mills in Georgia and South Carolina and factories in Detroit, Dallas and San Francisco.
1911: Something different happened – beside sewing working clothes: The Carhartt Automobile Corporation produces around 300 “Pleasure Cars” a year under the topic “The last word in motor construction”.
1914: During World War I, Carhartt has produced working man uniforms for the military. With 17 factories, the Carhartt Company reaches the height of its economic success in the first two decades of the 20th century.
1923: The iconic Chore Coat is advertised for the first time – from now on a key part of Carhartt collections.
1932: Carhartt has opened a new factory in Irvine, Kentucky. They wanted to offer workers better conditions – away from the slums, sweat shop and the general distress of large industrial town.
1937: Hamilton Brown has died in a car crash in Michigan. At age 82, he was leaving the company to his sons Hamilton Jr. and Wylie.
1941: The USA entered World War II – factories experienced a boost as factories back the war effort. Thus sturdy and durable apparel is needed, home and abroad.
1966: The spring collection contained a line of classic sports apparel, casual jackets, jeans and shirts – “Hugger pants” and “Surfer” were upcoming names.
1989: Carhartt celebrated its centennial anniversay. 100 years of Carhartt working wear.
Carhartt Work in Progress – History
1989: Titled with “All American Concept”, Edwin Faeh has started to introduce American products to the European market.
1992: Carhartt’s street credibility has risen ultimately. This trend and street fame is brought by a group of trendsetters which will be forever connected with hip hop.
1994: WIP – Work in Progress was established by Edwin Faeh to become a distributor of Carhartt in Europe.
1995: “La Hain” (The Hatred) by Mathieu Kassovitz featured Carhartt due to its rise in the underground street culture.
1996: WIP acquired the license to manfacture Carhartt products outside of the USA.
1997: London – Neal Street. The first store that exclusively featured Carhartt WIP products and Carhartt WIP Skate and BMX Teams were founded.
1999: Evan Hecox has kicked off a series of illustrated ad campaigns. His designs set the standard for Carhartt WIP Campaigns.
2000: Combination Records was established as an open platform for new electronic music and the first collection for women was presented.
2003: The first issue of Rugged Magazine was published.
2010: Collaborations with many brands (e.g. APC, Vans, London Undercover etc., etc.) and Carhartt WIP Heritage line was introduced.
2011: “Brown Duck” embroidery was introduced as a nod to its long-lasting tradition and a store was opened in New York City.
2014: Carhartt WIP – 25th anniversary.
2016: The Carhartt WIP Archives were released. The first extensive book for the Carhartt WIP collections.
The Carhartt WIP evolution continues…
But Carhartt WIP even produces accessoires for daily use. Their collections feature tote bags, neck pouches and essential bags.
The Tote Bags are made from a sturdy and durable Polyester/Canvas mix. They last nearly every condition due to their material!
The Essential Bags are made from Polyester to ensure water repellent properties. All of the Carhartt products feature a small brand label – embroidered, flag label or as a woven square patch.