Cargo short creator to be awarded Order of Canada

This year, the Order of Canada will be awarded to the Canadian man who created the cargo short seventy years ago.
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This year, the Order of Canada will be awarded to the Canadian man who created the cargo short seventy years ago.

The iconic Canadian clothing staple was invented by Peter Carass of Red Deer, Alberta. A teenager in 1954, he began seeing fashion trending towards shorter shorts leaving something to be desired in terms of functionality.

"Yes, we need to be cool on our lower half," said Carass. "But we still have the need for pockets."

He saw the solution in designing the six pocket short that has become known as the cargo short. It's a hit in Canada, selling more than $50 million worth of cargo domestically each year.

But for Carass, the ultimate compliment came from a woman who told him she used her cargo shorts to carry her newborn baby for the first three months her child's life.

The timeless classic transcends fashion, says Carass: "They're a great equalizer, that we've all agreed to look our plainest."

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