Carhartt | 1889
Hamilton Carhartt founded the clothing company that still bears his name (and is still run by his descendants) in Michigan to create honest goods that would work as hard as the people who wore them. His chore coat, which was introduced in 1917, has been a top seller for a solid century—and hasn’t really had many design changes. A blanket lining was added for warmth in 1949, and so was the duck brown color this jacket is known for.
The company has stayed relevant to the non-workwear set by offering street-friendly takes on its iconic designs through its secondary label, Work in Progress, and by collaborating with brands and designers who sit pretty far forward on the bleeding edge of cool. Just this year, both the Japanese designer Junya Watanabe and the ascendant French brand Vetements have paid homage to Carhartt’s groundbreaking designs. But the original versions will cost you a lot less—and last just as long.
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