In 1927, Earl Beard, a father of four was made redundant from his work, Kalman Machine Co. In his final days he purchased a number of sewing machines and launched his own workwear company, Stan Ray (named after his youngest son). In just twelve months he took over his former employer’s factory and built a mass following while also supply military uniforms up until the 1980’s. Drawing heavy inspiration from their military archives and the American working class Earl’s painter and fatigue pants were a huge hit, some were sold as far as Japan. Today Stan Ray stays true to their origins by creating durable American made product while adapting to modern silhouettes.