Carhartt was founded in Detroit, USA way back in 1889 by Hamilton Carhartt, specialising in work clothes, particularly overalls, made from the company’s traditional canvas material. The WIP (Work in Progress) brand was born in 1994, adapting Carhartt’s traditional workwear cuts for the the nascent European urban culture scene, and it soon became popular with graffiti writers, MCs and rappers.
Since the beginning, WIP has also been closely involved with the European skateboarding and BMX scene, helping showcase its cultural diversity and creativity and creating partnerships with many of the main action sports events held across Europe. It has also supported local scenes over the years, helping skateparks to develop and persist. The Fall/Winter 2013 collection includes pants, jackets, shirts, knits, sweats, T-shirts and accessories for both men and women.
The Carhartt WIP skate team features some of the sport’s most well-known names, including Bram de Cleen, David Martelleur, Deshi, Ferit Batir, Hugo Liard, Pontus Alv, Phil Zwijsen and Kingpin #120 cover star Gabriel Engelke. Danish teamrider Hjalte Halberg had a particularly impressive 2013, leading to a nomination for the 2014 Kingpin Reader’s European Skater Of The Year award.
Carhartt WIP has a close relationship with the independent European skateboarding brand Antiz, collaborating on a number of films and trips around Europe and further afield. The two companys’ latest project was a trip to the Alps with Liard, Engelke, Joseph Biais, Dominik Dietrich and Sylvain Tognelli to celebrate a new range of products.