Carhartt Inc. was established in 1889 in Detroit, Michigan USA by Hamilton Carhartt and for over 120 years, Carhartt has been dedicated to its mission of providing Best In Class apparel for the active worker. Since 1994, Carhartt has been distributed in Europe through Work In Progress Textilhandels GmbH. With a more frequent distribution of the original Carhartt Inc. collection, Work In Progress was processed quickly to adapt Carhartt to the European market. In 1997, the first selection of pieces made specifically for the European market were added to the regular collection. With this transition into a new market, the heritage and modern styles of WIP were ironically merged together for a remarkable, streetwear breakthrough. Today, Carhartt boasts the high reputation of their WIP collection, as workwear practicality became convenient and considered a refined aesthetic of apparel.