About Steteco

The Steteco was invented in the Meiji period to wear under a kimono or hakama. Even after Western-style clothes became widespread, steteco remained an integral part of everyday wear among the Japanese. The men would put on steteco under the trousers or as loungewear after taking a bath. Steteco's design is perfect for Japan's hot and humid weather, and has long been cherished as functional underwear that was born as a result of history. It is precisely the distinct seasonal changes in Japan that gave birth to steteco, reflecting the uniqueness of Japanese sensibilities. Since the ancient times, they have taken in the beauty and trials of the nature that surrounds them into their everyday lives. Although it was a common item for the summer season, in recent years, steteco has sadly come to be regarded as “tacky” and “passé.” Somehow, it has become a thing of the past.
Steteco keeps you dry, getting rid of that sweaty and sticky feeling from perspiration. It protects your favorite suits too. At home you simply undress down to your steteco and relax.


To revive the degenerated culture of steteco and offer innovative products that builds on its heritage, as Corporation launched as a project that centers on the concept of Steteco Research Lab. The company is a manufacturer that takes pride in its expert craft of making underwear and “relaxing wear” for the last 70 years, of which 50 years are attributed to the development of steteco, a mainstay summer product. Its launch of in 2008 has occasioned a reappraisal of steteco in Japan, drawing attention once again to its comfort. In particular, the print steteco series -- extremely popular among the products -- has reversed the prevailing negative image of steteco. In addition to the standard way of wearing them under the trousers, steteco has now reemerged as a new type of “relaxing wear” for Japanese people today of all ages and gender.

Our Craftmanship

The bumpy texture in our steteco's fabric is a traditional Japanese material that is known as “crepe” or chijimi. Steteco is a product born in Japan. In a time when outsourcing production overseas continues to increase, remains steadfast to the principle of “Made in Japan” to deliver true comfort and quality. Guided by this thinking, we continue to develop our product line-up.

Promises of Our Steteco

1. Material that is truly comfortable to wear.
2. Cutting that is truly functional.
3. Sewing that is truly durable.

The yarn is spun approximately 1000 times per 1m. As such, a combed yarn is used for its long fiber.

Our own factory in Oita where steteco has been sewn since 1968.

A finished textile is textured, a critical process in creping.

A triple rolling & hemming sewing machine that has been developed by our company.


- the uneven surface of the fabric- is the most important aspect of crepe. It gives the wearer a comfortable, incredibly refreshing feeling. Characteristics of the steteco fabric

Shops in Japan

We deploy 3 directly-managed shops named “ LABO”. These shops offer many modern traditional products gathered throughout Japan other than steteco.

TOKYO RELAXING by - ecute TOKYO in South Court, Tokyo Station 1F -
1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan
Tel: +81-(0)3-3211-8938
Open hours: mon-sat 9:00-22:00 / sun, holiday 9:00-21:00 SOLA LABO - Tokyo Solamachi 4F in TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN -
1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0045, Japan
Tel: +81-(0)3-5809-7071
Open hours: 10:00-21:00

Native Cotton by - AEON MALL Okayama 5F -
1-2-1-5010, Shimoishii, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi , Okayama 700-0907, Japan
Tel: +81-(0)86-206-7288
Open hours: 10:00-21:00

Shops in Overseas

04-27 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road Singapore 238897
Tel: +65-6887-4138