The Carhartt WIP Archives

The Carhartt WIP Archives

Carhartt is one of the leading names in fashionable durable work clothing. Carhartt opened their doors in Detroit, Michigan at the end of the 19th century. The company was founded by Hamilton Carhartt and remains privately owned by the Carhartt family to ensure the company maintains true to its vision.

Carhartt clothes may not be the cheapest in the world, but the company has spent the past 125 years delivering the highest quality, most durable clothes to the hardworking people of America. Carhartt made their start with duck and denim fabric overalls. What makes Carhartt clothes so tough and durable is their signature hallmarks such as rugged construction, premium fabrics, and a comfortable fit.

Carhartt clothes serve workmen and workwomen around the world in a variety of industries including manufacturing, construction, and farming. They are also enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts and anyone else looking to wear something tough.

Carhartt isn’t all about the workwear however. One of the most famous product lines the company has ever produced is the Carhartt Work in Progress (WIP) line. Learn more about the history of Carhartt and their iconic WIP line with the Carhartt Work in Progress Archives compiled by Grotesk, Mos Def, Mathieu Kassovitz, and Gary Warnett.


Carhartt WIP Archives pages 194-195

Carhartt WIP Archives pages 248-249

The Carhartt Work in Progress Archives

It feels like denim has been around forever, but it was the 1980s when it really exploded and our streets were filled with a sea of blue denim. The antidote came in the form of the brown work coats of Carhartt as the company took their workwear and turned them into streetwear. Things really came together for the street/workwear hybrid following the launch of Work in Progress; spreading American workwear all across Europe.

Work in Progress: The Carhartt WIP Archives offers a comprehensive look at this revolution. It features over 350 photos straight from the archives including plenty of unpublished photographs, artwork, concepts, and more straight from the archives and private collections of the company. The WIP Archives offers a truly unparalleled look into the Carhartt universe.

Learn more about how Carhartt WIP became the fashion icon that it did thanks to major collaborations and support from the skate scenes around Europe and the hip-hop scene as a whole. It’s a fascinating insight into how everything came together to create the lifestyle brand everyone knows and loves. Not only does it offer an insight into how fashion labels develop, but it also offers a look at the development of youth culture.


Carhartt WIP Archives pages 288-289

Explore The History of Carhartt WIP

Every fan of Carhartt WIP – and indeed every fashion designer – owes it to themselves to read through the archives and see for themselves how the brand developed over time. There’s never been a deeper and richer insight into what it takes to create a fashion brand and turn it into a fashion icon. Carhartt were willing to try something different and go against the norm. It’s hard to dispute that they succeeded. Follow the journey yourself with the Carhartt Work in Progress Archives.


Carhartt WIP Archives logo designs

Carhartt WIP Archives jacket designs

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