Carhartt AW20: Collection Overview
Building upon this year's spring release which saw a refreshed selection of core classics suited to the warmer months with muted tones across lightweight yet practical fabrics, for AW20 Carhartt has followed a similar vibe but with greater encouragement for layering and staple silhouettes reimagined with arctic conditions in mind. With an international reputation that speaks for itself, Carhartt continually renews and refreshes a selection of their core pieces to ensure suitability for the changing seasons. Favoured throughout their colder weather collections, fabrics such as cosy sherpa fleece and naturally durable corduroy have been included once more with new season colour tones that enhance the premium finish of each style further, alongside signature logos which, in honour of their heritage, are reflective of certified quality and a better buy.
It goes without saying that the selection of Chase and American Script designs are a fundamental part of each collection thanks to their focus on quality and premium cotton jersey fabrics in reference to heritage sportswear designs. Whether it’s the versatile Chase T-Shirt, fleece-backed Chase Hoodie, or matching accessories such as the Chase Beanie or socks, branding remains low-key to encourage attention on the designs being part of the foundation of an everyday wardrobe.
Particularly impactful through a ‘Crossed Colours’ sub-collection which presents contrasting colour block decoration against classic Carhartt WIP jersey pieces, rich yellows, burgundys and greens take centre stage across the collection alongside a carryover hamilton brown tone and fresh cold viola. A key decorative technique that suits a seemingly never-ending resurge in ‘90s trends across contemporary releases, the Tricol collection invigorates staple cotton jersey t-shirts [with heavyweight sweatshirts, sportswear inspired hoodies and 5 panel caps all coming soon] with alternating colour block segments and bold embroidered branding that results in a lively upcycled effect. Similarly, the brushed polyester fleece chosen for the loose fitting United Script Hoodie offers a nostalgic, velour-like finish.
Helping to define sub collections within the range which individually explore archival pieces from both Carhartt’s own history and apparel design as a whole, textural fabrics such as sherpa fleece and corduroy - two fabrics associated with retro inspired trends that have made a strong comeback in recent years - have maintained their appeal during the last few seasons and demonstrate a natural versatility within aesthetic and wear, as well as a level of durability that complements the brand’s reputation for producing ‘made for life pieces’. Taking the humble workwear jacket one step further for winter, the Whitsome Shirt Jacket offers the perfect balance of style and warmth through a staple button through bulk-free silhouette with an insulating polyester lining and fine wale corduroy outer. For anyone wanting a non-insulated version, the Madison Shirt is a firm favourite and can be worn in formal and casual silhouettes with a button-down collar and neat box pleat below the shoulder yoke. Easy to mix and match with different styles depending on the conditions for everyday wear, both the jacket and shirt can be combined with a variety of t-shirt and hoodie styles which are being offered in abundance for this drop.
New for AW20, vest and sweatshirt variations have been introduced as part of the Prentis collection crafted from polyester sherpa fleece to deliver plush comfort and warmth. An undeniable favourite from the brand, woodland camouflage is the key print of choice, coloured in tones of green, brown and beige for a look that accurately portrays the patterns origins. An essential for when the temperature drops, the Prentis Vest Liner and Prentis Liner Jacket both feature practical taffeta pocket detailing, and breathable mesh linings whilst the Prentis Sweatshirt has a more relaxed design that adapts the classic pullover sweatshirt for winter with raglan sleeves, ribbed cuffs and signature Carhartt branding.
Continuing to support their global community during an unprecedented time, August sees the Carhartt WIP Radio Show release a special feature that delves into the work of multiple artists as part of the brands ongoing partnership with NTS radio. Carefully assembled by Charlie Bones who frequently leads presentations put on by the Hackney, London based radio station, the mix is accompanied by interviews with individual artists and the positive impact on their own progression that has been experienced through the help of NTS.
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