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Established in 1994 by Edwin Faeh, Carhartt Work In Progress (WIP) develops its own collections based on original Carhartt workwear. The brand combines authentic adaptations of these robust American archetypes, while engaging with the subcultures that have embraced it. This, in turn, has seen Carhartt WIP place itself in a new context and bring forth its own classics. Carhartt WIP opened its first store in London in 1997 and today operates over 80 brick and mortar locations worldwide. It also has its own skate team and music department, while supporting an array of artists and releasing various in-house publications. Since 2010, Carhartt WIP has worked with a number of like-minded collaborators, including A.P.C., Converse, Fragment Design, Junya Watanabe, Nike, Underground Resistance, and Motown.


1989 - Under the title “All American Concept”, Edwin Faeh begins to introduce distinctly American products, such as Carhartt, to the European market.

1992 - The rise of Carhartt’s street credibility happens when it is adopted by rappers, graffiti writers and corner boys, for its robust qualities and utilitarian aesthetic.

1994 - Work in Progress (WIP) is established by Edwin Faeh to become the exclusive distributor of Carhartt in Europe.

1995 - Mathieu Kassovitz’s “La Haine” becomes one of the first movies to feature Carhartt, coinciding with its rising popularity in un- derground music and cultural scenes throughout Europe.

1996 - Work In Progress acquires the license to manufacture Carhartt products outside of the USA, and releases its first collection the following year.

1997 - The first Carhartt WIP store opens on Neal Street in London.

1997 - Carhartt WIP launches its own skate and BMX teams.

1999 - Evan Hecox creates a series of illustrated ad campaigns for the brand, with this style becoming synonymous with Carhartt WIP campaigns of that era.

2000 - Carhartt WIP presents its first women’s collection. 2000 Combination Records is established by Edwin Faeh, Oliver Drewes, and Philipp Maiburg for Carhartt WIP as an open platform for new electronic music.

2003 - The first issue of Rugged Magazine, a publication by Carhartt WIP, is launched. It would continue for a further 19 issues.

2007 - “Dirt Ollies: A Skateboard Trip to Mongolia” by Alexander Basile, Pontus Alv and Bertrand Trichet is released. (Published by Bildschöne Bücher and Carhartt WIP).

2008 - Carhartt WIP Radio is launched, providing a new platform to showcase record labels and artists.

2010 - Carhartt WIP first begins to work on capsule collections and special projects with other like-minded brands. Over the years, the brand would go on to collaborate with the likes of A.P.C., Converse, Fragment Design, Junya Watanabe, Nike, Patta, Vans, Vestax, and Vetements.

2011 - Carhartt WIP opens a store in New York City, coming full circle with its American origins.

2013 - Carhartt WIP collaborates with Antiz Skateboards.

2014 - Carhartt WIP celebrates its 25th anniversary.

2015 - The book “From Dirt to Dust”is released, which revisits Mongolia a decade on from “Dirt Ollies.”

2016 - “The Carhartt WIP Archives” book is released. Published by Rizzoli, it is the first extensive look inside the world of Carhartt WIP. The brand’s skate team, meanwhile, welcomes its first skaters from the US and Australia.

2017 - Carhartt WIP works with Isle Skateboards on an exclusive capsule collection and “Paving Space” – a skateable art installation by Raphaël Zarka. The brand also becomes a member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and commits to source more sustainable cot- ton year on year. Additionally, Carhartt WIP collaborates with Detroit techno icons Underground Resistance, and launches WIP magazine, a new biannual publication.

2018 - Carhartt WIP collaborates with Russian skate brand PACCBET and pays tribute to UK reggae and dub label Trojan with a special capsule collection. The brand also presents Soul Skate – a documentary filmed at Moodymann’s Detroit festival. Carhartt WIP Radio, meanwhile, celebrates its 10th anniversary.

2019 - Carhartt WIP opens its second store in the USA, located in Los Angeles. The brand also introduces organic cotton to its collections and collaborates with Australian label PASS-PORT Skateboards. Additionally, Carhartt WIP creates two collaborative capsule collections that pay tribute to the legacies of Motown and Fela Kuti.

2020 - Carhartt WIP continues to expand its product range, through ongoing partnerships with GORE-TEX INFINIUM and Converse. The brand also collaborates with Awake NYC, as well as Galleria Continua, releasing a range of products, skate film, and publication to mark the opening of the gallery’s new concrete skate run at its location in Boissy-le-Châtel near Paris.

2021 - Carhartt WIP opens its latest Paris store located in St-Germain-Des-Prés. The second vol- ume of the brand’s Relevant Parties podcast series is launched. The brand also collaborates with artist Lucas Price on a series of oil paintings for its Fall campaign, Berlin skate imprint Civilist, and L’Art de l’Automobile.

2022 - Carhartt WIP collaborates with vaunted London design studio and brand Toogood, presenting the collection at Salone del Mobile, while also working with New Balance and Liberty Fabrics later in the year. Additionally, a capsule collection is released with skate imprint Quartersnacks. The brand rounds out the year with new flagship stores in Hamburg and Barcelona.

2023 - A collaboration with sacai sees the Japanese brand rework archetypal Carhartt WIP silhouettes and fabrics. The brand also releases Many Hands, One Double Knee Pant, a video documenting the iconic pant’s manufacturing process at one of three Carhartt WIP-owned production facilities in Tunisia.

Code of Conduct

As a premium brand, Carhartt WIP is committed to conducting business in a fair and ethical manner. Consistent with this commitment, we have established this Code of Conduct as a minimum set of standards for both our internal operations as well as our business partners. This Code is based on internationally accepted labour standards, including the International Labour Organization’s Core Conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

While this Code establishes minimum standards, we aspire to partner with companies that share our corporate values and are committed to continuously improving and environmental practices.

As used herein, the term supplier is defined broadly to cover the full range of Carhartt WIP's supply chain partners, including cut and sew suppliers that provide finished garments, direct and “nominated” suppliers of fabrics, trims and other raw materials, licensing partners, transportation and logistics providers and other supply chain partners.

Employment Relationship - Carhartt WIP suppliers and their authorized subcontractors will adopt and adhere to rules and conditions of employment that respect workers and, at a minimum, safeguard their rights under national and international labour and social security laws and regulations.

Compliance with Laws and Workplace Regulations - Carhartt WIP suppliers and their authorized subcontractors comply with laws and regulations in all locations where business is conducted, including those relating to employment, social security, health and safety, and the environment. It is also expected that suppliers and their authorized subcontractors will cooperate fully with Carhartt WIP in its compliance with local laws applicable in countries where Carhartt WIP does business.

Prohibition of Forced Labour - Carhartt WIP suppliers and their authorized subcontractors will not employ involuntary workers, prisoners or trafficked workers or labour that has been obtained by force, fraud, coercion, slavery or otherwise.

Prohibition of Child Labour - Carhartt WIP suppliers and their authorized subcontractors will not hire any employees under the age of 15, who are still at the age of compulsory schooling, or those who are under the minimum working age established by law.

Prohibition of Harassment or Abuse - Carhartt WIP suppliers and their authorized subcontractors strive to establish workplaces where every employee is treated with respect and dignity. No employee shall be subjected to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment, abuse or corporal punishment.

Compensation and Benefits - Carhartt WIP suppliers and their authorized subcontractors will pay at least the minimum wage established by local law, including all statutory wages, allowances and benefits.

Hours of Work - Carhartt WIP suppliers and their authorized subcontractors comply with daily and weekly workings hours that do not exceed the legal restrictions in the countries in which they do business. Suppliers will provide at least one day (24 hours) off in every seven-day period, unless urgent requirements in the company must be met. Suppliers are requested to limit the total weekly working amount for all employees to 60 hours and to only allow overtime if it is worked voluntarily.

Prohibition of Discrimination - Carhartt WIP suppliers and their authorized subcontractors will employ, reward, promote, and dismiss workers based on their ability to do the job and not on the basis of personal characteristics or beliefs. No one shall be subject to any discrimination based on sex, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, social group or ethnic origin in the workplace. Nor will any personal characteristics affect recruitment, salary, promotion, reprimand, dismissal or resignation.

Health and Safety - Carhartt WIP vendors and their authorized subcontractors will provide a safe and healthy working environment to prevent accidents and injuries resulting from, associated with or occurring during work or as a result of the operation of the employer’s facilities. Carhartt WIP production is prohibited in multi-floor factories with more than one tenant. If employees are provided with accommodation, it is the supplier’s responsibility to ensure that the accommodation is safe and healthy.

Freedom of Association & Collective Bargaining - Carhartt WIP suppliers and their authorized subcontractors shall recognize and respect the rights of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.

Environmental - Carhartt WIP suppliers and their authorized subcontractors will comply with environmental rules, regulations and standards applicable to their operations, and will adopt responsible measures to mitigate negative impacts that the workplace has on the environment.

Customs Compliance - Carhartt WIP suppliers and their authorized subcontractors will comply with applicable customs law and, in particular, will establish and maintain programs to comply with customs laws regarding illegal transshipment of apparel.

Security - Carhartt WIP suppliers and their authorized subcontractors will maintain facility security procedures for the facilities to prevent non-listed cargo from entering outbound shipments (e.g. drugs, explosives, biohazards, and/or other contraband). Suppliers are further expected to cooperate with WIP in meeting Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) supply chain security & safety standards.

Bribery and Corruption - Carhartt WIP suppliers and their authorized subcontractors will not, in connection with any aspect of their business with Carhartt WIP, directly or indirectly offer bribes or any other improper form of payment or benefit to influence another individual, company, organization, government official or body, or political party or candidate, regardless of whether it is officially tolerated or condoned.

As noted in this Code of Conduct, Carhartt WIP aspires to partner with companies that share its corporate values and are committed to continuous improvement of social and environmental practices. It is our intent that the standards outlined in this Workplace Code of Conduct be applied throughout the global network of suppliers involved in the development, manufacture and transport of Carhartt WIP products. Suppliers with which Carhartt WIP has a direct contractual relationship are expected to extend these standards to all sub-tier suppliers and to initiate practices to assure that aligned standards are adopted throughout the global supply network supporting Carhartt WIP.

Corporate Responsibility

When Carhartt was founded in 1889, Hamilton Carhartt spoke about the role of a responsible business, doing "the just and honest thing, gainful if possible." These core principles underpinned Carhartt's approach to business from the very beginning.

Swiss national Edwin Faeh started to import a small range of Carhartt workwear in 1989 through his agency “All American Concept,” alongside a collection of other brands.

In 1994, a distribution network for Carhartt was established in Europe (Work In Progress Textilhandels GmbH), introducing a selection of classic products from the original workwear collection.

Building on the roots from the American company, Carhartt WIP products are today manufactured and sold globally. Production is centered around a company-owned factory in Tunisia with the support of suppliers around the world.

We are very aware of the environmental and human rights challenges presented by global sourcing and we have taken a number of important steps to help ensure that our principles are upheld throughout the global network of factories supporting our business. Key steps include:

Adopting a Code of Conduct that establishes expectations for all of our suppliers. This code provides key baseline expectations for environmental protection, responsible working conditions and fundamental human rights. It is based on the Core Conventions of the International Labour Organisation and the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Prior to working with Carhartt WIP, suppliers agree to align their operations with this code and are encouraged to extend the code upstream to their suppliers. Carhartt WIP requires all business partners to periodically renew their commitment to this code.


Statement on Supply Chain Due Diligence


GCC - US Certificates of Compliance

Welcome to CARHARTT WORK IN PROGRESS's Database of CPSIA Compliance Certificates

How to find the US Compliance Certificate:

To locate on this Website - a CPSIA General Certificate of Conformity (GCC) for products as Support and assistance of staff with regard to social security and tax issues required by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, Section 102(a) and 16 CFR Part 1110, can be accessed by entering a Carhartt Purchase Order number (9 character numeric/alpha).How to search - Enter the 9 character P.O. number into the search box at the upper middle of the page in this format: 13PO01810

Where to find the P.O. number:

On a Carhartt product label - This number can be found across the top of the care label tag. See example below

Important: All certificates for product should be available on this site. However, if a search does not return the certificate you are seeking please contact Carhartt Vendor Compliance at

Compliance with Laws and Workplace Regulations - Carhartt WIP vendors and their authorized subcontractors will comply with laws and regulations in all locations where they conduct business including those relating to labor, social insurances/security, worker health and safety, and the environment. It is further expected that vendors and their authorized subcontractors will cooperate fully with Carhartt in its compliance with laws applicable to Carhartt in countries where Carhartt does business.