From generation to generation we stay true to our New England roots,

designing outerwear that withstands the change in seasons so you can make the most of your everyday adventures. 

  • Family Owned

    Charles River Apparel, a 3rd generation family-owned business, has been designing stylish and quality apparel for men, women, and children since it was founded by Walter Lipsett in 1983. Barry Lipsett is the CEO and a 2nd generation family member.

  • Based in New England

    We stay true to our local roots and build on the heritage and traditions of New England. Our name was inspired by the famous river in Boston, the longest river in the state and home to the largest rowing regatta in the country.

  • Community Driven

    Our community is made up of our employees, customers, charitable partners, and local businesses. We are proud to support our community through our philanthropic endeavors, events, volunteering, and much more. Visit our Charles River Cares page to learn more.


    What started with a rain jacket in 1983 has evolved into a line of apparel suited for your everyday adventures. Rainwear continues to be core to our brand with the original New Englander leading the way as one of our best-selling styles.



It all started with a rain jacket in 1983 - not just any rain jacket, but one we believed in from its purpose to its performance. A rain jacket so inspired by our New England roots it later became known as “The New Englander.” Since 1983, we’ve expanded beyond that first rain jacket to create a line of high-quality apparel for the whole family. One thing that hasn’t changed, we continue to stay true to our New England roots, designing outerwear that withstands the change in seasons so you can make the most of your everyday adventures.

As New Englanders, we know one thing about the weather, it’s unpredictable. For over 35 years, we've been to fine-tuning our collection to equip and prepare you for your own everyday adventures. Our balance of stylish lifestyle designs and high-quality, reliable materials keeps you ready for whatever the day throws your way.

Rain or shine, we're here when you need us.





Respectful | Customer Obsessed | Building Genuine Relationships | Delivering Quality & Excellence | Striving for Continuous Improvement



We are committed to our customers by helping them reach success and delivering quality apparel.


We are committed to our communities by giving back to those in need.


We are committed to our employees by creating a culture that embraces family values.


We are committed to being a good global citizen and creating a sustainable work environment.


We are committed to you.

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