Carhartt was founded by Hamilton Carhartt in 1889 – a time of steel, smoke and locomotives. Hamilton began with just two sewing machines in a loft in Detroit and, after several failed attempts at making workwear, realised that the key to great product lay in research. So, Mr. Carhartt began to talk directly with railroad workers to find out what was needed. Under the motto: “Honest value for an honest dollar,” the Carhartt overall became the item that would spark the beginning of a monumental journey. 

Carhartt is still, to this day, known for providing extremely high-quality men’s workwear for great prices, but the plan has grown since 1889. Carhartt now plays a central role in popular culture, somehow becoming the go-to label for skaters, rappers, and modern-day workers alike. The wide-reaching influence of Carhartt has been compounded by Carhartt WIP.

Carhartt WIP rolled into action around 100 years after Carhartt was founded. The off-shoot label was used to modify the classic workwear products, instilling them with a contemporary edge for a European audience which looked for more refined design that also stayed true to the roots of the original brand.

Carhartt WIP is joined to a label so deeply rooted in the tradition of durable, long-lasting clothing that’s made to stand up to a beating while also offering a stylish twist – we think this positions it as the first place to look for any men’s spring coats and jackets. Here are the best men’s coats of the season from Carhartt WIP.

Carhartt WIP Classic Vest

Cut from extremely hard-wearing Dearborn Canvas, the Carhartt WIP Classic Vest amounts to the perfect coat for spring. Whether you’re looking for an intermediate layer or something to fend the wind off, opt for this classic men’s vest. With Dearborn Canvas now made from 100% organic cotton, this iconic piece now even counts as sustainable men’s clothing. 

Detroit Jacket

Many Carhartt garments go through several rounds of redesigns to earn the WIP tag. The Carhartt Detroit Jacket, however, is almost unchanged. This men’s jacket is a workwear icon thanks to its heavyweight canvas construction and classic corduroy collar. To pay homage to the history of workwear, opt for the Hamilton Brown colourway. 

Carhartt WIP Madison Jacket 

The men’s Harrington jacket has been a stalwart in the world of men’s spring coats since it was first designed. The Madison Jacket is constructed from a 9oz Questa cotton twill and features subtle branding to the left chest. This may well be the ideal lightweight men’s jacket for spring.

Michigan Coat

Boasting a similar utilitarian charm as the Detroit Jacket, the Carhartt WIP Michigan Coat is an unlined men’s chore coat for spring but features a heavyweight organic cotton canvas shell ready to fight off anything – really, anything – thrown at it. Classic detailing like a corduroy collar trim and a button front closure add to the timeless appeal of this men’s spring jacket.

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