STAZ Industries was founded in May of 2016 by business partners and best friends Antonio Sanchez and Rafael Robles. Antonio and Rafael grew up together in the Midwest and shared a passion for design, fashion, and art. Near the end of their high school days, they decided to fully embrace their passions and pursue an apparel company.


Antonio, who comes from both a Black and Mexican descent, and Rafael, whose parents are both from Mexico, both grew up in an area where their ethnicities were severely underrepresented. In turn, they faced weekly, sometimes even daily, prejudice towards their background, culture, and color. They learned to deal with this negativity by laughing it off or hiding their differences. They soon realized that they should be doing the complete opposite, and should instead embrace the qualities that make them unique. Staz was born out of this idea to express one’s culture and differences rather than hide them.


In a world where racial tension continues to act as a divider, it is often difficult to see the beauty in our differences and the power of unity. Staz aims to eliminate inequalities and injustices, and envisions a future where we are all one.