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Designing Functional Workwear for Women, with Sarah Calhoun, Red Ants Pants

Designing Functional Workwear for Women, with Sarah Calhoun, Red Ants Pants

Red Ants Pants is the pioneer in manufacturing functional women’s workwear that fits and flatters, and their products are all made in the USA. In 2000, Sarah Calhoun was leading trail crews in the backcountry of Montana when she ran into a problem. The only pants available for the kind of rugged, physical work she was doing were made for men. As Sarah points out, “Curvy women don’t fit very well into square men’s pants.” She took her idea for a line of women’s workwear to several companies, but no one was interested. Undaunted by a lack experience in business, textiles or manufacturing, Sarah bought a copy of Small Business for Dummies and set out to create the line on her own, thinking, “Start a business? How hard could that be?” As luck would have it, a former designer for Patagonia noticed Sarah reading the …Dummies book in a Bozeman coffee shop, and soon became her mentor. He offered access to his contacts in the industry and invaluable advice, suggesting that she learn the ropes o

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