Although it's over 125 years since Hamilton Carhartt established the Carhartt brand in Detroit, Michigan the core workwear aesthetic is still very much at the forefront of everything they stand for. Of course, the brand the majority of us now know and love now is less concerned with equipping railroad workers with suitable overalls as it was initial intended for, but instead maintaining a number of the core Carhartt styles and updating them with contemporary fits and fabrics. In fact, it was with this idea in mind that Carhartt Work In Progress was launched in the early 90s as a response to the growing popularity of the brand within urban street culture.
Carhartt WIP launched in 1994 across Europe and by 1997 it was met with huge success with both fans of traditional US heritage wear lapping up the new collections just as much as the emerging European urban scene of skaters, bmxers, graffiti artists and more.
While Carhartt continue to go from strength to strength, open new stores around the world, all the while experimenting with new fits and fabrics, one thing is for certain and that's quality, durability and comfort are still key ensuring that a Carhartt garment is one that's sure to stand the test of time.
In addition to the knack of maintaining an unwavering level of quality season after season - not to mention a constant collection of statement pieces as well as wardrobe staples - Carhartt has also made a name for itself through its plethora of collaborations with an array of key streetwear and high end labels including Paris-based A.P.C, Tokyo's Neighbourhood, Amsterdam stalwarts Patta and most recently with Italian fashion and lifestyle store, Slam Jam.
For a brand with such an impressive heritage we're over the moon to be welcoming Carhartt to THE IDLE MAN for SS15 with its no nonsense selection of staples and statement pieces which are sure to be very versatile additions to your wardrobe. Stay tuned for Carhartt landing in store imminently.