Work is tough, Key is tougher.

To meet the workwear clothing needs of farmers and ranchers who were toiling sunup to sundown on the eastern edge of America’s Great Plains, C. A. Lakin and Harry McKey established the Lakin-McKey Manufacturing Company in Fort Scott, Kansas in 1908.

Knowing the rugged lives these men endured, the two company founders built their first pair of bib overalls with heavy-duty denim and triple-needle stitched seams. But Lakin-McKey clothing was built to move easy, too, throughout long days on the plains. And it carried a price that hardworking men considered a fair deal.

While the name was later shortened to “Key,” the company’s reputation for longwearing quality, comfort and value grew – so much so that the brand became known as “The Nation’s Finest” work clothes.

Today, Key satisfies America’s need for tough clothing with Lakin McKey Trading and Tuf-Nut® apparel for men, women and children; Wolf Mountain® gear for hunters; Polar King® clothes for extreme conditions; and, of course, Key and Key FR (fire-resistant) workwear.

But while the names may be different and some styles newer, you’ll find the original values of C. A. Lakin and Harry McKey endure in every shirt, pant, jacket, overall or other piece of rugged clothing: Work is tough, Key is tougher.