First introduced in 2004, Urban Pipeline is a private brand of children's and men's apparel manufactured for exclusive sale at Kohl's. This modern classic brand is designed primarily with affordability and versatility in mind. Maxwell Kohl branched out into department stores in 1962 after many successful years owning and operating supermarkets. He founded the first Kohl's store in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and he positioned his wares at a price level between the discount retailers and high-end department stores. A controlling interest in Kohl's was acquired by the British-American Tobacco Company (BATUS) in 1972, and the retailer's new owners began to quickly expand the chain.
In 1986, a group of investors (which included several Kohl's executives) bought the company from BATUS and eventually took it public. By the 2000s, Kohl's had a presence across the entire country, and it began building up its portfolio of house brands. Today, the retailer offers a mix of major national brands and its own private labels. Kohl's is one of the largest department stores in the nation by retail sales. Urban Pipeline thrives alongside other Kohl's labels like Mudd, Apt. 9, Sonoma, So, and Arrow as one of the retailer's discount brands.
Urban Pipeline primarily caters to boys and men, and it features casualwear in a range of popular categories. Most of the clothes are similar between boys' and men's sizes, but pre-teens and teens will likely fit best into the adult options. In tops, you'll primarily find tees, tanks, and polos--some of which come in solid colors, while others have patterns or prints. Button-down shirts and henleys round out the brand's tops, and they are available in short- and long-sleeved varieties. For light outerwear, a number of different sweatshirts and hoodies provide some warmth, while still emphasizing the brand's commitment to an urban casual style.
Shorts are among the most popular bottoms, and you can find plenty of cargo shorts in different colors. Urban Pipeline also offers jeans in all the trendiest cuts and washes, and options include straight, boot, regular, skinny, relaxed, and more. Twill pants, chinos, canvas pants, and joggers are all available as well in colors like khaki, navy, and grey. The brand offers some novelty products like printed socks, which are designed to appeal specifically to younger shoppers. Other accessories that go beyond regular apparel include hats, belts, and more.
Among the many exclusive Kohl's brands, some are specifically designed with mass appeal in mind. Urban Pipeline doesn't take too many risks, but it offers clothes that are likely to be popular with most boys and men. Options like shorts and jeans are standard items in any male wardrobe, and the label's tees and other tops are great for everyday casual wear as well. Urban Pipeline isn't particularly expensive, and its clothes don't tend to have any embellishments that make them likely to go out of style, so it's a great brand to buy via consignment. All things considered, we give Urban Pipeline 4 stars out of 5.