It started with a simple idea
It started with a simple idea: make the best darn shirt in the world. Period. We’ve never changed our philosophy. This is why Hanes® is always seen on people who appreciate quality. People like you.
Naturally you have high expectations of promotional textiles and we know you are careful where you put your name. That’s why each and every garment meets highest expectations with great styling and top level comfort and quality. Thanks to the wide product range and the almost countless combinations possible, everybody will be able to find their very own, individual style!
Over one hundred years ago, John Wesley Hanes revolutionized the clothes market with his two-piece underwear for men. His company became the US market leader for men’s, women’s and children’s wear in the following years. With a success story that continues till today, Hanes® has defined the clothing industry like no other company ever has.
Pleasant (P.H.) Hanes forms P.H. Hanes® Knitting Co. to produce underwear for men. Hanes® introduces new two-piece underwear, a radical departure from the traditional one-piece union suit that is popular at that time. The American T-shirt is born! The same year, brother J. Wesley Hanes forms Shamrock Mills Co. to produce men’s hosiery.
The two Hanes® companies merge to form Hanes® Corporation.
In the mid 70’s, executives at Hanes® Knitting discover that their white underwear products are being screenprinted and worn as outerwear. Keith Alms of Hanes®Knitwear believes there is a viable business in selling white underwear T-shirts to screenprinters.
Hanes® introduces a heavier-weight Tee-shirts, called the Hanes® Beefy-T®, specifically for the screenprint industry. Later that same year, Hanes® develops the “screenprinter fold” eliminating the additional cost and handling of individual packaging.
Hanes® Printables becomes a separate division of Hanes® Knitwear dedicated to distributing imprintable T-shirts and other apparel.
Hanes® starts its business in Europe with a European collection.
Hanes® “Just My Size” in the US. A brand dedicated to meeting the needs of full-figured women.
Hanes® signs Michael Jordan, an up-and-coming young professional basketball player out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Hanes® starts printable business in Europe and very fast becomes a big and impressive brand in promotional textile market. Soon after Hanes® also sells in Central Eastern Europe.
Hanes® sponsors clothing for about 70.000 voluntary helpers at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Celebration of 100 Years of Hanes®. The one-billionth Beefy-T® is sold!
Transformation from unisex collection to separate collections for men and women has revolutionary impact in the market.
Hanesbrands Inc. (HbI) becomes a standalone, publicly held company!
Hanes® introduces organic T-shirts as well as the sports range Cool-DRI®!
Hanes® introduces Cool-DRI® Shorts and Sweatpants!
Hanes® introduces new highlights in its Cool-DRI® sports range! Three modern styles that will become an all-time favorite in a heartbeat!
Hanes® expands its popular Cool-DRI® range by 4 Performance styles for men and women!