Last month a group of eleven women, including HGTV personality Kimberly Lacy, traveled to Haiti with The Fuller Center for Housing to build homes for displaced people still living in tent cities after the 2010 earthquake. Thanks to a generous clothing donation by Carhartt, a family-owned clothing company founded in 1889, the women were clad in durable clothes while carrying out the work.
“We admire the work that the Fuller Center For Housing and Kimberly Lacy are doing to help families around the world build and repair homes,” said Tony Ambroza, Carhartt’s vice president of marketing. “When you are working on job sites like these, high-quality work wear is essential. We outfitted Kimberly and her crew in Carhartt apparel, which is extremely durable. We consider our work wear as a tool that will help the group succeed in building communities.”
The women were able to choose from a variety of options online from the “Carhartt for Women” line, which was launched in 2007.
“This isn’t about Carhartt clothing in feminine colors, it’s about creating tough work wear that actually fits women,” explained Jill Makinen, Carhartt’s Women’s Category Product Manager in a press release.
The women’s group took notice of that customized quality.
"The ladies were concerned about the right clothes to wear to work in Haiti, all were looking for comfort, durability and work dry fabrics," Lacy said. "I wear Carhartt clothing every day I’m working in yards on ‘Curb Appeal: The Block,’ so it was a no-brainer for me. I called Carhartt and told them about the All Women’s Build to Haiti, the graciousness I received just hearing we were going to build in Haiti lead to an immediate ‘tell us what you need and we will make it happen!’
"We worked hard in the Haiti heat; to many of the ladies’ surprise, as they worked the fabrics began to contour, taking their bodies form, making the clothing even more comfortable. Comfortable clothes makes hard laboring work much more pleasurable, especially when you’re dripping sweat. All the ladies outfitted send a big thank you!"