Hamilton Carhartt founded Hamilton Carhartt & Company in Detroit in 1889. Though the brand had trouble getting off the ground at first, Carhartt polled local railroad workers to find out what they were missing from their workwear, and he struck gold when he created the union-made bib overall. By 1910, the company had outposts across the country and had begun to grow internationally. It continued to primarily focus on work clothing, and its factories were used for sewing military uniforms during both World Wars.
The company barely survived the Great Depression, but it was able to spring back to financial success by the mid-20th century. Carhartt stayed in the family even after the death of its founder, and it opened modern production facilities in the 1970s that allowed products to be distributed via major retailers for the first time. The rugged Carhartt look actually helped create the grunge style in the '80s and continues to be a popular fashion statement today. The brand's clothes also represent the uniform of America's blue-collar workers, and Carhartt takes pride in manufacturing millions of garments in the U.S. each year. The brand also has sponsorship agreements with organizations like the FFA, Helmets to Hardhats, SkillsUSA, the Union Sportsmen's Alliance, and more.
Carhartt makes clothes in a range of categories for both kids and adults. For babies and toddlers, you can find bodysuits and tees. Options for slightly older kids include overalls, fleece pants, dungarees, graphic tees, and more. Carhartt is a major manufacturer of apparel for hunting and fishing, so many of the clothes for kids (and for adults) feature camouflage print, and others are waterproof. Kids' outerwear options include sweatshirts, hoodies, vests, heavy coats, snowsuits, and more. Accessories like hats, gloves, thick socks, belts, and mittens are also available.
In women's sizes, many clothes are built for work. Options like button-down shirts, thermals, and scrubs are perfect for different active professions. Other apparel is geared toward more casual wear, including tees, henleys, and hoodies. Women's pants include rugged jeans, dungarees, and overalls perfect for the outdoors, as well as a selection of capris and shorts. Jackets and vests are given ratings to let you know whether they are suitable for rain, storms, work, and more. Some of the brand's clothes are also flame-resistant so that they can be worn by firefighters and first responders. Women's shoes include work boots and wellington boots, and accessories include hats, gloves, sunglasses, bags, and more.
The history of the Carhartt brand showcases the American dream at work. The family business has been headquartered in the country's heartland for more than 100 years, and its selection of apparel and accessories has evolved based on the needs of farmers, construction workers, ranchers, factory workers, and more. Today, Carhartt continues to serve these niches in addition to catering to men, women, and children who like to spend their time in the great outdoors. The brand is frequently coming up with new innovations that make its clothes more rugged and versatile, which is why we give it 4.5 stars out of 5.