Backstory: It was Barneys that brought Kimmel and Carhartt together: the Upper East Side haute bazaar; the hip downtown art-world figure; and out in suburban Detroit, the grease-stained clothier to the stars of the American assembly line.
Founded: Spring/summer 2011. But hitting its stride this fall.
Striking a balance: “If I used Carhartt’s silhouette, I would do it in my fabric. If I used my silhouette, I would do it in Carhartt’s fabric.”
What sold us: In a marketplace crowded with one-off collabs, the ongoing Kimmel x Carhartt line is evolving. Expect it to get better every season.
Where to wear it: The fashiony cuts might limit range of motion on the assembly line. Totally cool for hanging your gallery show, however.
On Leo Fitzpatrick
On Nate Lowman
These stonewashed jeans—a very ’80s look that’s hard to find in a modern cut—are art-house slim and factory-floor tough. Consider undistressed an invitation.
On Adam Kimmel
Kimmel had fun with the placement of Carhartt’s logo, but other adjustments aren’t so obvious: a high-end fabric here, a slimmer sleeve there. You’ll feel the difference.