After quitting his job in 1972, Earl Beard and his wife Billie Jean used his three month’s severance pay to rent building and a handful of sewing machines to established Earl’s Apparel under the principles of hard work and high quality, durable garments. Later the company changed its name to Stan Ray, inspired by the name of the Beard couple’s youngest son, Stanley. Stan Ray first specialized into production of military grade cotton sateen garments, painter overalls and natural drill pants – hardwearing garments for a no-fuss lifestyle. Stan Ray product are known for three attributes: durable, all-purpose, and honest. While lots of major US manufacturers have outsourced production overseas, the Stan Ray brand remains true to its roots, producing all garments in the family owned and run factory in Crockett, Texas USA.