Workwear is on trend right now. Like gorpcore, normcore and all the other -cores, workwear has become a fashion statement. Patagonia recently launched its own line of hard-wearing clothing aimed at craftsmen and woodworkers, but the pieces are more likely to show up on college campuses than they are on your local contractor. Carhartt is old guard in the workwear world and, as such, carries certain stigmas. 1620 Workwear is a new brand aimed at bridging that gap. Its line of technical workwear is designed for professionals, but offers a modern fit and a fresh brand identity.
The company was founded by two outdoor industry vets and takes its name from the year that the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. 1620’s aesthetic feels as if Carhartt married Arc’teryx and had a fling with Patagonia’s new workwear line. Each of the brand’s garments (they currently offer pants, a sweatshirt, a t-shirt and a hat) are made in the U.S. from some of the finest textiles available — particularly those developed for use by military forces. The pieces aren’t cheap, but when you consider that they’re designed to outlive your standard cotton Carhartts — and be twice as comfortable — it’s a small price to pay.
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