In the age of steel, steam and coal, Hamilton Carhartt met a railroad engineer who complained about the poor quality of the work clothes of the day. Intrigued by the challenge of making more rugged clothing, he founded Carhartt in 1889 in Detroit, Michigan. Determined to make quality clothing from the start, Hamilton Carhartt’s distinctive brown workwear set a new standard in the railroad industry. Built from the strongest canvas duck and denim, Hamilton Carhartt’s clothing fulfilled his vision to make the toughest workwear out there.
The same qualities that make Carhartt a leading brand at work also make it a great choice for cutting the grass, working on the farm, or kicking back at barbeques. Whether it’s worn on workdays or weekends, people are assured of Carhartt garments’ quality. Today, Carhartt is owned and managed by the descendants of Hamilton Carhartt, who ensure that his mission is carried on in every garment.