THE T-SHIRTS may say ‘Run For The Hills’, but unlike the Iron Maiden song Run to the Hills that had people running for the off button, the latest offering from cult American workwear label Carhartt, has come across all west coast this season and should have you running for the shop.
With delightful splashes of colour, patterns and prints, these are exciting times from the label that hails from New York, but brought it’s hardworking garments to the world and is always pushing at that envelope.
The real wonder about the latest line is the garments utilising other items, combining it with blazers, shorts and trainers for a more relaxed summer style.
Concentrating on the tops from the range the Planet Palm print rinsed shirt in Cayman green is the first piece that catches the eye, the button down all-over print with chest pocket just wreaks of the beach, or at least transferring that look into everyday wear. The shirt also comes in a dark blue, with black as well green and I want one.
Drop the shirts in alongside say the evening blue Gant Rugger or the Minimum Sam medium blue for the green shirt, or the Matinique Selkirk or maybe the Minimum DK EDI Screamin for the dark blue shirt, ping on a pair of Universal Works floral twill shorts or the sand deck shorts or penguin faded denim shorts and your add a choice of Shoes like Pottery canvas trainers … or drop on the delicious Detroit black rigid jacket … just a thought.
The slim fit Detroit zip through jacket is a perfect canvas for alternate seasonal colours, sporting one chest pocket (zip), Carhartt branding on the chest, with corduroy collars, two angled front hand pockets with adjustable hem is a blockbuster.
Maintaining the light print angle, the Langley is a piece of pastel perfection with all over print, perfect for fitting into any relaxed look.
Then there is the Detroit Lions t-shirts coming in blue penny and burgundy, a classic full cotton T, with brand patch on the hem.
The Contract t-shirt coming in grey Heather and red has a very relaxed feel about it, while the monochrome S/S Crest t-shirts with alternate crests on against the white or black t-shirt bodies hints at a more preppy look.
All the crew neck t-shirts of course fit in perfectly with any of the Carhartt jeans, but I cannot shake the feeling of seeing this working with other items, from different brands, which the label has not so superbly for some time.
The Run for The Hills grey Heather or navy t-shirt just shouts vibrancy and the Doubleday & Cartwright print on the front is a delight, while the House Rockin shirt complete with its nod to one of the most historic record covers ever released in the Motor City (Detroit), this shirt shows the cover from The Gories 1989 album entitled House Rockin'.
Then if you fancy a bit of house rocking, or body popping the Postcard sweat shirt in grey, which sports a print of the Detroit cityscape and Carhartt emblazoned across the chest below it in red, is all very Grand Master Flash.
It's time to get shirty then.