One of America’s longest-standing workwear brands, Carhartt is also a firm favourite among street-stylers everywhere. Founded in 1889 by Hamilton Carhartt, the family owned-company fast became well known for its production of sturdy, practical pieces. In 1994, responding to the popularity of its XXL cuts in the hip-hop world, it launched a European 'Work In Progress' offshoot, focused more on the streetwear scene than the hardware store. To trace the evolution of the brand, we’ve had a look at the latest WIP range to see how it relates to the old-school pieces from the label that can be found on ASOS Marketplace.
CARHARTT WIP: VINTAGE VS NOW
By Lakeisha Goedluck, 15 March 2018
Returning to the brand's archive, these vintage workwear pieces from ASOS Marketplace are a testament to Carhartt WIP’s authenticity when it comes to design. From structured worker jackets to functional washed-denim overalls, Carhartt has consistently delivered durable, relaxed staples. This retro quarter-zip jumper, casual pair of dark-wash jeans and camel-coloured worker jacket wouldn’t seem out of place as part of the latest WIP offering.
In fact, by looking at Carhartt WIP’s most recent line in comparison, you’ll notice how much of its aesthetic has remained intact over the decades. The silhouette of this chore jacket has routinely been reissued by the brand – in a versatile navy hue, this wool-mix number makes for the ideal transitional outerwear option. This grey crewneck sweatshirt serves as an instant wardrobe staple, while the khaki cargo trousers and rust-coloured beanie hat adhere to the label’s signature earth-toned colour palette.