NEWBURYPORT, Mass. — The American worker is rugged but the apparel he wears isn’t designed to stand up to the job site for more than a few weeks. Massachusetts-based 1620 Workwear is determined to change the quality and durability expectations within the trades with American-made, American-sourced premium designs that last 10 times longer and simply fit and perform better than any other brand.
The company, named after the year that Massachusetts was settled, was co-founded five years ago by business partners Ted De Innocentis and Josh Walker who previously worked in the outdoor apparel and equipment industry. De Innocentis directed product development and ran factories in China for brands such as Arc’Teryx and Norrona for more than a decade. He saw an opportunity to take his manufacturing expertise in the outdoor performance category and apply the same construction, fabrication and performance attributes to workwear with a mission to make it in American with American-made materials.
1620’s higher, premium price points were a first for the workwear industry which is accustomed to low cost products that are designed to be destroyed on the job site. The founders are bent on minimizing waste and providing apparel that will last 10 times longer than the competition and are designed form to the body over time. To further minimize waste, 1620 has a Patina program in place where a second or third life are given to previously worn products.
“Workers live in their clothes and are conditioned to throwing them away after a short time on the job,” Walker said. “We’re finding success in the value that workers put on durability, comfort and performance. It’s worth investing more upfront for a product that is going to comfort and keep you safe at work for years.”
1620’s newest introduction, The Overall ($248 MSRP), is a fully-featured design made with 1620-exclusive stretch NYCO (nylon-cotton) fabrics that provide full mobility, breathability and protection from the most demanding work environments. The water- and grease-repellent, abrasion-resistant fabrics protect from weather, rough surfaces and won’t melt even from extreme heat. The overalls are completed with a true, full double-layer knee and thigh, a gusseted crotch, articulated legs and multiple pockets.
“Durability and sustainability go hand-in-hand,” Walker said. “We have a responsibility to protect workers and our environment. It’s a new mindset in the workwear category but our continued growth proves that we’re going in the right direction.”
Visit 1620USA.com to purchase the goods and join the movement.