Do Carhartt WIP garments have to be washed before being worn for the first time?

Because we treat our garments with color, we recommend that you wash any item before wearing it for the first time. Please check the individual washing instructions for each item.

This does not apply to rigid / rinsed denim pants.

Please note that untreated and unwashed pants require special care. Denim should be washed as little as possible in order to avoid shrinking and fading. If you purchase these kind of pants, you should not wash them during the first 9-12 months. If, however, you might need to wash the pants, you will find a few important tips on how to do so under the section, “How should garments be washed”.

How should garments be washed?

Every item of clothing includes a label denoting the particular instructions for care. The recommended temperature should not be exceeded. It is also ok to wash our clothes at a lower temperature to the one stated in the washing instructions.

Rigid / rinsed denim:

  • Always wash inside-out
  • Separately from other garments
  • Leave for approximately 30 minutes in a bath of cold water with a mild liquid detergent
  • Stir gently before finishing the wash in order to remove deposits
  • Leave to dry on a clothesline

Please also note that rigid pants bleed out heavily if they are mishandled. This is because we use a natural dye called “Indigo”. You should also keep these pants away from lightly colored objects / furniture / garments. You can leave the pants in normal household vinegar for a few hours to help maintain the color.


We recommend washing knitted garments made of wool by hand, since they are also too sensitive for washing machines which have a gentle hand-wash function.

What kind of leather does Carhartt WIP use for its products?

We only use leather sourced as a by product of farm animals that are reared for their meat. We do not use leather sourced from endangered species.

Where does the down come from that Carhartt WIP uses?

In general, we only use down as a by-product of animals raised on farms for meat. Accordingly, the animals are not plucked alive for the production of the down.

Is real fur used in fur trimmings on jackets?

Our fur trimmings are made using faux fur.

Do Carhartt WIP sunglasses offer safe UV protection?

Our sunglasses provide 100% UV protection.

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