What started with a rain jacket in 1983 has evolved into a nationally recognized brand that provides a wide-ranging collection of comfortable and stylish apparel for the whole family. As we celebrate our 35th year in business, we are proud of the legacy we have built with our family, employees, and customers, and look forward to growing the business and giving back to our community for generations to come. 

Founder and Chairman, Walter Lipsett, and current CEO and owner, Barry Lipsett, envisioned a clothing line rooted in the New England ideals of value, commitment, and performance. This dedication to our local heritage has guided us through the years to always produce a clothing line that could withstand the toughest New England climates while making the most of everyday moments.

              Photo Credit: Tracy Aiguier

At Charles River, we are committed to creating authentic products, provide outstanding service, and helping our customers reach success. We strive to foster a sense of family with our peers through sustainable relationships and compassion within the workplace environment and throughout the community at large. The result of this mission is to enable our customers, and those who wear our products, to reach their fullest potential.