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OG Workwear Label Carhartt Is Having A Moment Right Now

At the forefront of fashion's recent affinity for hyper-utilitarian fits is American label Carhartt which has found a place in the wardrobes of some of the coolest names in music and fashion. Here, a peek at the label's latest offerings as well as a look at how fashion brands from Dior to Chloe are all inspired by the brand's iconic khaki jacket for Pre-Fall.

Founded in Michigan, Carhartt is the label serving the uniform needs of those in various blue-collar trades (farmers, firefighters, construction workers – you know, the people who help keep societies functioning) since 1889, only to be embraced by rappers like Kanye And A$AP Rocky as off-duty staples in recent years. It also opened a boutique carrying its more fashion-forward Carhartt WIP line at Mandarin Gallery last December. This Pre-fall, a diverse range of luxury houses is proposing a similarly no-nonsense, hyper-utilitarian approach to womenswear.


(Foreground, from left) Camel-toned, multi-cargo-pocket pieces from Dior, Ferragamo and Chloe, the Marc Jacobs’ playful pink take on a chore jacket paired with a matching skirt; and a more classic padded version from Burberry. (Background) Pages from The Carhartt WIP Archives (2016, Rizzoli) that documents the evolution of the American label from workwear specialist to streetwear staple and cultural icon.

Cue the camel-toned; multi- cargo-pocket separates at Dior, Salvatore Ferragamo and Chloe. Burberry offers chore jackets and coats 
in signature workman beige with contrasting brown collars while the Marc Jacobs – MJ’s new friendlier priced line – does too (though, true to his cheekiness, as part of a cotton candy pink skirt suit). Call these pieces fortuitously apt for a time when what we crave most is protection and dependability. They’re also a celebration of the world’s hidden everyday heroes – the kind of people behind the scenes who deserve that most, if you were to ask us.

Product Photography Darren Chang

This article first appeared in the May 2020 BTS Edition of FEMALE.

Carhartt WIP Spring/Summer 2020 Lookbook
Carhartt's Spring/Summer 2020 Lookbook
Carhartt's Spring/Summer 2020 Lookbook
Carhartt's Spring/Summer 2020 Lookbook
Carhartt's Spring/Summer 2020 Lookbook