This Spring, workwear legends Carhartt continue their work with designer Adam Kimmel, with Kimmel working on a new collection of apparel utilising his high fashion experience to create a unique kind of premium workwear.
Kimmel’s work for Carhartt focuses on refining the brand’s traditionally rugged look, transforming it into something with a more ‘fashionable’ direction, but still very wearable, paying specific attention to the materials used, as well as the cut of each garment. Stand out pieces for me include the canvas Two Button Blazer – a prime example of the fusion of the two names, with the three front patch pockets and branded brass buttons adding a utilitarian feel to a much more formal piece – and the Summer Work Coat, an iconic Carhartt piece left unlined and with a more tailored fit instantly changing the look and feel of the piece. While items like the jersey sweater and trucker cap failed to win me over on their own, their inclusion is important in making this a feel like a full line, rather than a one-off. Finally, although simplistic, and without much to distinguish them from their regular counterpart, I really like the look of the premium cotton pocket tees as a simple introduction to the line.
The prices may be a tad prohibitive for some, but for those looking for a little extra from Carhartt, and not afraid to pay for it, Adam Kimmel’s line includes some great pieces, versatile enough to be worn smart or casual. The whole thing is another fine example of the diversity of the Carhartt brand – it’s out now and available at End Clothing.