Everybody knows Carhartt: You probably have a pair of its overalls hanging in the garage right now, waiting for the next oil change, or perhaps a duck-canvas jacket covered in grease stains that’s stuffed in the trunk of your car. Well, this is the same Carhartt – but it’s made for putting on after you finish whatever you were doing with the other stuff. The new Heritage line is part of a division of the company called Work In Progress that takes the old-school construction of the Carhartt we know and love and adds just the right amount of refinement.
“Carhartt’s been around since 1889,” says Ben Baptiste, who oversees the line in the U.S. “And when we designed the Heritage collection, we had access to all the company archives in Dearborn, Michigan and pulled clothes from our early years and refitted them with higher-quality materials and better detailing than the normal Carhartt line.” At the end of the assembly line, this strategy produces shirts like the Hoover (pictured) that have the classic look of vintage workwear, the bulletproof workmanship that the company’s known for, and a washed-and-lived-in feel that would take years to achieve otherwise. [$208; sukauto.com]