Stan Ray USA. It sounds like something kids might shout in tandem about their favourite baseball player. Not that I would know mind. I’ve never been to a baseball game. The closest I’ve ever gotten to STEEERIKE 3 was watching Frank Drebin’s contentious officiating in the film ‘The Naked Gun’. These shirty jackets aren’t for sports though, or films, or any bed-wetting student who works in an organic coffee bar. Oh no, these shirty jackets are for real men. You know the type. Proper blue collar grafters who polish off raisin and biscuit Yorkie’s for breakfast, work in heavy industry and were born with hands the size of shovels.
But why all the manliness? Well, the brand produces fatigue and work pants specialising in sateen military work uniforms and durable painters pants. Yep, they’re as tough as they come. Now you’re likely to find a pair Stan Ray pants in most U.S. hardware stores, but on UK shores they’re a little more elusive. The company was founded over 40 years ago and is still privately owned by Earl Ray Beard who named the brand after his first son “Stan Ray” Beard.
What drew me in (other than the fact their name rhymes) was the basic simplicity and authenticity of their garments. There’s evidence of an effective formula comprising of hardwearing, functional clothing that transcends generations through a knowledge and understanding of military workwear and the iconic Olive Green 107 utility uniform, as worn by the U.S Army until it’s discontinuation 1989.
Add in the fact these featured pocket jackets retail at under £60 and you’ve got outstanding value for money in a market where most specialist work-wear outfitters are having your eyes out.
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