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New Business Born Out of Frustration

Sarah Calhoun grew up on a farm in eastern Canada and has worked outdoors for most of her life.  She used to wear her dads old hand-me-downs as work pants but was constantly having to pull them up or adjust them.  Four years ago she was working on a fire-restoration project in California, and had to keep stopping her work to hitch up her pants.  This experience inspired Calhoun to create her own line of rugged work wear for women called Red Ants Pants.

Calhoun says, “Ever since the gold rush, women have been wearing men’s work clothes when we’ve needed to get serious work done.  We thought it was about time to provide another option.” 

What makes Red Ants Pants different?  “The big thing in the design is fit,” Calhoun replied. “Fit, function and flattery.”  And while most folks don’t want ants in their pants, there are more and more women who want the trademark red ant on their pants.

The chocolate brown pants with the embroidered red ant logo are designed to fit all shapes — coming in 70 different sizes.  For those who ride a horse, build trail, wield a shovel, a chainsaw or a hammer — Calhoun designed these pants for you.  Made of 12-ounce-cotton canvas duck with a contoured waist, double-front knees, a reinforced seat and “lots of pockets,” they fit both the worker and any tough work situation.

“One, lone red ant is embroidered in a different place on each pair of pants,” said Calhoun.  To read more about this story visit the Helena Independent Record or Red Ants Pants.

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