Back in 1971 Kokatat startet making sportswear and -gear in Arcata, CA. The founder and President, Steve O'Meara, acknowledged from the start that it was necessary to keep production local in order to control quality and continuously develop the finest and driest paddle clothing in the world.
Today, more than 90% of Kokatat's annual turnover comes from sales of products handmade in the Arcata factory (now 196 employees) and from local and regional production partners. Yes, they make products in Asia. But only products that are not possible to produce in the United States, and to help preserve the environment by using Gaia® PVC-free foam for all life jackets, exclusively available through an Asian manufacturer.
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