The Cargo Shorts


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  • 100% organic cotton from Italy
  • 6 practical pockets
  • Regular fit made in Portugal



You told us where some Cargo Shorts had let you down before and what to avoid:


Shoddy fabric


Poorly designed pockets


Approximative cut



The Roll Call

Tough stuff

It goes without saying that cargo shorts need to be built to last, so we spent a good while searching for the right fabric for the job. Our hunt led us to cotton sateen. This is a tried and tested fabric that’s tough, with a smooth, crisp finish—ideal for our Cargo Shorts then. We opted for 300 g/m2, double twisted organic sateen from Italy. Perfecto.

Handy haulage

Want pockets? You’re in the right place. Our Cargo Shorts have not one, not two, but six ultra-functional pockets, ready to be stuffed with whatever you see fit. You have the two flap pockets on the back, heavy-duty pockets on the thighs, and two side pockets. Leave the satchel at home—these will easily do the job.

A sharper shape

Old army surplus gear is great for inspiration, but it often needs to be neatened up a bit for civilian use. We trimmed our shorts down a touch to make them a bit smarter for everyday special ops. There’s still plenty of room to move, but they’re a bit more grown-up.

A world of comfort

Hardy fabrics don’t always make for the most comfortable of clothes, so we laundered our shorts to up the comfort stakes. This basically means they feel really nice and soft—good news for your legs.

Heavy-duty detailing

As if that super hard-wearing yet soft cotton wasn’t enough, we went to town on the details on these. That means a chunky YKK zip on the fly, bar-tacks around the pocket entries and some sturdy stitching on the waist. These shorts aren’t going AWOL after one summer, they’ll be sticking around for years to come.

Make it snappy

All those pockets aren’t much use if you can’t get into them. Any hardened veterans of the cargo short scene will know that the big buttons on the thigh pockets can often be pretty fiddly, so we replaced them with some snappy press-studs instead. Not only are these a breeze to use, but they’ve got a cleaner, sharper look too.

Bags of flavour

Tired of your pocket bags flapping about every time you reach for your keys? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve secured ours firmly in place, meaning they’re going nowhere. It’s a small detail, but one that makes a big difference.

Sharp and subtle

We wanted these to be functional, yet wearable, so we stripped back a few details for a slightly more subtle look. That meant no cinch-adjusters on the waist, fewer buttons and some particularly tasteful tonal stitching. Sophisticated isn’t usually a word associated with military-inspired clothing, but we reckon that’s exactly what these are. Ambassador, you’re spoiling us.

Highly versatile

Thanks to their slightly slicker shape, these aren’t just for long hikes and bike rides, and they work just as well with a hoodie in the park as they do with a button-down on a city break.

Production step for your Cargo Shorts

What goes into making your Cargo Shorts.

The materials have travelled a total of 6 569 km (4,081 miles) from field to doormat.

Production of raw material

Diverses coopératives agricoles Turkey

Social and environmental certifications : OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and an extra certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.

Spinning of raw material

Italie et Turquie

Label social et environnemental : Certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.


Gaspard Tronconi SRL Italie

Social and environmental certifications: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and an extra certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.

By Gaspare Tronconi, a stone’s throw from Beppetex.


Beppetex Italy

Social & environmental certifications: Certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.They've been at it since 1957, so it’s no surprise to us how well the fabric scored on all the durability tests. This collaboration was meant to be.

Knitting and garment make

Pinha Mansa Just outside of Porto in Portugal.

They've been going for 20 years, specialising in workwear. They're up there with the best, making hard-wearing clothes with finesse.


Road Haulage.

Environmental Impact

Our aim is to always give you as much information as possible on the clothes we make so you can make an informed decision before preordering. This includes the environmental impact of each pair of Cargo Shorts we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it:

6,59 kg

of CO2 emitted

equivalent to 119 kms travelled by car.

77 L

water consumption

The equivalent of 1 x 5 min shower.

114 MJ

energy depletion

equivalent to 39h of heating for a flat.

No Sweat !

Delivery costs

We deliver worldwide. For orders in selected European countries* including the UK, we charge a flat fee of 9€ irrespective of how many pieces of the same item you order. For deliveries in the rest of Europe and outside of the EU, the cost is 15€.

Easy to change sizes

If you get the wrong size, fear not, we accept returns and exchanges. For orders in Europe these are free, and for countries, in the rest of the world we ask you to pay the return and we will take care of the cost of sending out an exchange. Just log into your Asphalte account and we’ll get that sorted.


Sure, we work hard on our products, but we won’t take it personally if, for whatever reason, you change your mind about the item you’ve preordered. We’re all friends here, you can be honest with us. So long as the item is in its original condition, with tags and packaging intact, you can send it back to us for a full refund. No worries.

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