To many that attended last evening’s opening party for the very first Carhartt Work In Progress (or Carhartt WIP) store in the U.S., there was more than mere jubilation; there was a sense of relief. For expats living in New York, the store means a bit less luggage to carry on their next trip to Europe. For fans of the brand, it means no more exorbitant surcharges on shipping and taxes from Internet purchases. Still for others, the store serves a purpose of convenience. Hosted by Arnaud Faeh, Carhartt WIP’s creative director, last night’s simple fare of conversations over beers brought out the notables from ALIFE, Nike Stadium, Reed Space, Staple Design, GILT, New York Times, and much more. Individuals like jeweler Gabriel Urist, DJ Alex from Tokyo, and artist Kostas Seremetis stopped for a visit as well. As for those who couldn’t attend last night’s event, the Carhartt WIP NYC Store will open its doors today for the first time. Finally, it’s here!
Photography: Poe for Freshness