Our Heritage
Outperforming Since 1923

From our very first set of bib overalls to our latest product innovations, Red Kap has always been focused on one thing – delivering quality workwear that comes through in the clutch. And that commitment has made us the workwear of choice for anyone who takes great pride in their work.

How we got here

It all started in 1923, when two brothers and a cousin teamed up to sell bib overalls under a sign that read "Harlin Bros. & Williams." Turns out comfort, durability and great service were valued every bit as much back then as they are today, so naturally the business grew quickly.

The family soon expanded their catalog to include a line of premium workwear. As they pondered the idea of what to name this new line, one of the founders pulled out his trusty pouch of Red Cap Brazil Smoking Tobacco. The bright red jockey cap on the tobacco label seemed like a perfect icon, and the brothers' own distinctive Red Kap logo was introduced in 1927.

An official name change followed in 1939. By this time, the family had continued to diversify even more. They now sold "matched sets" of work pants and shirts, along with the "Go-Getter" line of value-priced chambray shirts. Times were good.

Then suddenly, WWII threw the whole country into turmoil. Red Kap did their part, pitching in on the war effort by manufacturing gas mask carriers, combat fatigues and field jackets. All were made to the same high standards America had come to expect from Red Kap.

After the war, the company joined forces with a network of laundries to pick up, deliver and supply fresh uniforms to all sorts of businesses. Steady success followed, and by the 1960s, they had realized their dream of becoming a major player in the workwear industry.

Today, the Red Kap brand is stronger than ever. Proving once again that comfort, durability and doing things the right way simply never goes out of style.

Committed to the Craft
A Better Way To Work

Our workwear is inspired by the men and women who wear it. Which means it’s equipped to handle whatever the job throws your way. With nearly a century of industrial-grade workwear experience, we deliver solutions that work – and uniforms that are purpose-built for the job you do.

There's wannabees, and then there's the real deal. Red Kap makes gear for guys who know the difference.
— 
Greg Adler, owner, 4Wheel Parts
Made for Work
Solutions inspired by the job site
Our proven innovations are the result of thousands of hours actually spent on job sites - learning how bodies move, bend, twist and reach to tackle the day’s challenges. From there, we engineer solutions that are tailor-made for the body at work.
Our History
On The Job Since 1923
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Careers
Grow with us
The day-to-day experience is as rich and diverse as our broad portfolio of brands and our variety of locations around the world. Red Kap’s workplace is characterized by a distinctive culture of respect, collaboration and sharing — a strong, authentic culture that inspires innovation and enables us all to grow and succeed together.