Carhartts, Compassion & Cults of Exclusion

Jennifer M Koskinen
8 min readFeb 2, 2022

The loyalty I feel towards all things Carhartt was firmly established in the spring of 1997 with the purchase of my first pair of carpenter pants.

photo by Jennifer Koskinen

They were the real deal—camel-colored carpenter pants with extra pockets, a hammer-hook, and a second layer of denim attached with grommets to protect knees and thighs on the job and increase pant durability.