Carhartt Inc. is a U.S. based clothing company known for its workwear founded by Hamilton Carhartt. Carhartt Work In Progress was formed in 1994, and they began distributing outside of the American continent for the very first time. It was under the license that Carhartt Streetwear was also formed to meet the worldwide demands of the burgeoning urban fashion culture, delivering more streamlines silhouettes and contemporary cuts. Learn more about Carhartt HK below.

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What You Need to Know About Carhartt Hong Kong

Founded in Michigan in the late 19th century, Carhartt focused on making practical clothing for manual labourers and workers- particularly on the need for industrious workers to have durable and strong clothing.

Designing a wide range of outerwear such as jackets, coats and boots, Carhartt also specializes in footwear and accessories such as aprons, bags and hats. Although downsizing during the Great Depression, Carhartt expanded again after World War II to Canada, the United Kingdom and beyond- evolving its trademark to be the extended durability of its clothing, a material resistant to water, flame and abrasions, and heavy-duty threads. Carhartt products can most commonly be seen today on industrious sites such as construction and farms.

What does Carhartt WIP mean?

WIP stands for work in progress, and Carhartt WIP offers a refined and reimagined interpretation of its classic American heritage. WIP was initially launched and distributed in the 1990s with selected versions of original garments tailored specifically for a European market, offering tailored refining of classics such as slim-fit trousers, overalls and hoodies.

Carhartt WIP’s principle function is to allow for a modernized aesthetic that establishes a more expansive and progressive outlook on contemporary men’s fashion while emphasizing its distinct, American heritage.

Is Carhartt waterproof?

Carhartt makes sure to clearly define the difference between its water-resistant and waterproof articles. The water-resistant articles of clothing hold really well against water, beading up moisture before it rolls off the material of the clothing- such as the Rain Defender, that retain a 70% strength after being washed over 20 times. Nonetheless, water-resistant clothing by Carhartt is not designed to be fully submersible. On the other hand, waterproof articles by Carhartt are totally waterproof- allowing for sweat to escape through a breathable membrane while keeping you fully protected against water.

What are Carhartt jackets and how long do they last?

There are a number of different materials used by Carhartt for their clothing, constructed from very durable outer fabrics. This includes cotton canvas (lightweight 9-ounce, 100% cotton canvas), cotton duck (heavy-weight, 12-ounce, 100% cotton duck) and 8-ounce, 100% cotton white drill.

Due to their expert construction and the material used, Carhartt jackets are said to have lifelong durability, such as the J133 Carhartt Men’s Extreme Active Jac with Arctic-Quilt lining- that has a warm insulation lining, is water-repellent, blocks wind, has ribbed cuffs and an attached hood.