Manufacturing & Sourcing

Manufacturing & Sourcing

We have had a number of questions about our textile sourcing, where our products are made, and what our corporate standards are related to our manufacturing. Here are the answers. Please don’t hesitate to contact our product team for more information. They can be reached at bestpractices@stio.com

Where do we make our products?

We manufacture Stio® products in the USA, Canada and China.

Where do we source our textiles?

We currently utilize textiles sourced from the USA, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, Portugal, China, Taiwan, and Korea. We work with partner textile mills such as Polartec®, schoeller® and Toray®, which are among the most sophisticated and advanced mills operating in the apparel business. We continually strive to source environmentally friendly textiles, and many of them are BlueSign® approved, contain natural fibers, and/or contain high levels of recycled content.

What do we believe?

We believe in health and safety, a clean and safe work environment, human and employee rights, and workplaces free of intimidation or discrimination. We employ and work with manufacturing partners that adhere to high levels of environmental and social standards.

Why do we make our products where we make them?

Our garments are designed and developed in Jackson, Wyoming. They are spec’d to high levels of quality for ultimate performance in outdoor environments and manufactured with trusted partners in the USA, Canada and China.

Many people have a belief that apparel companies build products in China simply because it is “cheap” to do so. Straight up, that is a myth - it isn’t cheap to build technical outdoor garments anywhere in the world – it is actually very expensive. China just happens to be the country that emerged to fill the void when the U.S. apparel manufacturing base began eroding in the 1980’s, and some of the most highly skilled and technical labor and machinery, along with some of the best business practices, now exist in China.

Where we construct each garment is dependent upon a wide variety of factors, including but not limited to where the textiles are fabricated, the technical construction expertise and equipment of the manufacturer, export/import logistics, etc.

What are our relationships like with our manufacturing partners?

Thanks to the breadth of experience of our founder and product team members, we work with folks who we have longstanding relationships with. People who are our friends, that we know and trust, and have shared meals and time with outside of the workplace for almost two decades. We communicate with our manufacturing partners on a daily basis.

How do we insure compliance with our standards?

Regardless of our longstanding relationships with our manufacturing partners, we employ a detailed Stio® Vendor Standards and Compliance Manual that is updated frequently and that each of our manufacturing partners must review and sign annually. We conduct periodic scheduled and surprise audits of each factory we partner with. We personally visit each of our factories frequently, on average two – four times per year, as well as employ an experienced quality assurance and quality control firm to conduct spot checks and inspections of social and environmental conditions to insure compliance.


As we move into the future, we will continue to diligently evaluate and refine our standards to insure that they are among the highest in the industry. We will continue to communicate and work with each and every one of our textile and manufacturing partners to improve their and our best practices, and we will always remain committed to producing our goods with people of the highest integrity so that we, and you, can feel good about your purchase and the products that Stio® produces.


Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) - www.wrapapparel.org

Fair Labor Association - www.fairlabor.org

OIA - www.outdoorindustry.org/responsibility/swg/index.html

Bluesign - www.bluesign.com

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