Hamilton Carhartt, founder of Carhartt in the late 1800’s, once said, “I believe that when a man wears an article that I manufacture, his self-respect is increased because he knows that it is made by an honest manufacturer, who is honest with his employees.”
While Hamilton didn’t realize several aspects of his personal credo would one day become core tenants of North America’s most cult-like brands, his integrity, commitment to remarkable product quality, and emphasis on employee culture remain foundational to Carhartt’s 120+ year success.
Still a U.S.-based, family-owned business, the Carhartt brand is tops amongst the working class, and is even beloved by the ‘anti-fashion’ crowd within grunge, punk, hip hop and rap given its no-nonsense ruggability. The brand runs their own manufacturing, retail stores, full women’s line, and extremely successful lines of flame-resistant garments and other innovative technologies to defend against the elements.
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