Construction Workwear Highlight: Red Kap


Red Kap’s origins started a century ago when two brothers and their cousin set up shop to sell bib overalls under a sign reading ‘Harlin Bros. & Williams’, according to the company website. It business values were ‘great service, comfort, and durability”.

The company’s catalog expanded to encompass a new line of premium workwear. The name change to Red Kap resulted from one of the two brothers reaching for a Red Cap Brazil Smoking Tobacco in his pocket, leading to the formation of the company’s name and logo.

Business was going well until WWII, when the company diverted its efforts to manufacture gas mask carriers, combat fatigues, and field jackets. Post-war, Red Kap paired with laundry services to supply fresh uniforms to various businesses. By 1960, the company became a major player in the workwear industry having outfitted nearly 16 million workers in its existence and to this day, stands among other iconic brands such as Blaklader, Carhartt, and Dickies.

Red Kap Workwear Selection

These days, the company provides workwear to a number of industries: automotive, transportation; culinary, food service and food processing; construction; landscaping; manufacturing; maintenance; specialty trade; waste management; healthcare, and housekeeping.

Apparel features include visibility and high visibility clothing and uniforms, MIMIX for mobility, OilBlok for fluid repellency, ZeroSkratch, water repellent (DWR), big and tall, ripstop fabric, and stain release. Products can be customized with logos and name badges.

Red Kap stocks 900 styles and colors of workwear, including shirts, pants, outerwear, coverings and accessories. The company states it has the broadest range of female offerings in the industry. Women will find many options, including apparel designed for fit, function and safety from stretch material that flatters all shapes.

Red Kap Workwear for Construction

Those working in the construction industry will find 75 offerings, including construction pants, shirt and high-visibility vests.

One top seller is the Men's Short Sleeve Pro+ Work Shirt with Oilblok and MIMIX technologies. The OilBlok Technology is designed to repel the toughest vehicle fluids. The lightweight and breathable ripstop fabric is designed to be 75 percent stronger than common workwear fabrics.

The shirt’s mesh flex panels and underarm mesh gussets provide increased range of motion and breathable comfort. The shirt also features a scooped hem designed to provide maximum coverage and MIMIX for enhanced mobility. Two patch chest pockets and a sleeve pocket keeps pens, gauges and small tools within reach. Touchtex Technology is designed to provide breathable comfort, lasting colors and stain resistance. A mesh-lined racer collar keeps those wearing the shirt cool and comfortable. The shirt is industrial-laundry friendly.

Another top-selling option is the Long Sleeve Hi-Visibility Ripstop Work Shirt With MIMIX + Oilblok, Type R Class 2. MIMIX flex mesh panels on back improve mobility. Performance mesh provides additional breathability where needed. The shirt is designed for 360-degree visibility with front and back two-inch silver reflective striping. The shirt is fashioned from the only 65/35 poly/cotton blend ANSI-compliant ripstop fabric on the market.

The industrial-friendly ripstop fabric is 75 percent stronger than other poplin workwear fabrics. The shirt is designed to be nearly 35 percent more breathable and 15 percent lighter weight than traditional 100 percent polyester. The shirt features Touchtex Technology for optimal color retention, soil release and wickability. It is UPF 40 and complies with Type R Class 2 requirements of ANSI/ISEA 107.

Red Kap Workwear for Women

An option for women is the Women's Utility Pant With MIMIX. It features Touchtex Technology for breathable comfort, lasting colors and stain resistance. The built-in MIMIX flex panels are designed to provide superior mobility and a comfortable fit so the woman working in it can bend, squat, and stretch without restriction.

The straight fit features an updated rise that sits slightly below the waist. The utility pant has a slim through seat and thigh with a leg opening that fits over work boots, color-matched MIMIX flex panels, a wider center back belt loop and exterior brand label on the right hip.

The brand has introduced 30 new arrivals. Those working in construction have new choices in a work hoodie, short- and long-sleeve shirts for men and women, shorts, and several high-visibility choices such as a soft shell jacket, hoodie, short-sleeve and long-sleeve color block ripstop Type R, Class 2 work shirts.

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