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FoundedJuly 26, 1901; 117 years ago (1901-07-26) (as Shamrock Knitting Mills)
FounderJohn Wesley Hanes
ProductsUnderwear, casualwear, hosiery and socks

Hanes (founded in 1901) and Hanes Her Way (founded in 1986) are brands of clothing currently owned by the HanesBrands.


The Hanes brand is used by the company for marketing a variety of clothing:


Hanes was founded in 1900 by John Wesley Hanes at Winston, North Carolina under the name Shamrock Knitting Mills.[1]

He died in 1903. In 1911, Shamrock Knitting Mills built a new plant at 3rd and Marshall Streets; it was sold in 1926 and occupied by a Cadillac dealership after a larger plant was built on West 14th Street. Known as Shamrock Mills, the original building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Shamrock Knitting Mills was named Hanes Hosiery Mills Company in 1914.[2][3]

John Wesley Hanes' brother Pleasant H. Hanes founded the P.H. Hanes Knitting Company in 1901. The brothers previously operated a tobacco manufacturing business, that they sold to R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in 1900. The P.H. Hanes Knitting Company merged with Hanes Hosiery in 1965. The P.H. Hanes Knitting Company complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[3][4] Consolidated Foods (later renamed Sara Lee) announced its purchase of Hanes in 1978.[5]

In September 2006, Sara Lee Corporation spun off its branded clothing Americas and Asia business as a separate company called Hanesbrands Inc., which designs, manufactures, sources and sells a broad range of clothing essentials. The company's portfolio of brands include Hanes (its largest brand), Champion (its second largest brand), Playtex (its third largest brand), Bali, Just My Size, Barely There, Wonderbra, L'eggs, C9 by Champion, Duofold, Beefy-T, Outer Banks, Sol y Oro, Rinbros, Zorba and Ritmo.


During the 1970s and 1980s, their women's hosiery tagline was "Gentlemen Prefer Hanes". In the early 1990s, the slogan was turned around as "The lady prefers Hanes".[]

From 1992 to 1999, the brand's main slogan was "Just wait'll we get our Hanes on you."[6] The slogan was revived in 2005, with celebrity endorsements including Michael Jordan, Damon Wayans, Matthew Perry and Marisa Tomei, as "Look who we've got our Hanes on now."[6]

In the 2000s, an ad campaign began for their Hanes "Go Tagless" T-shirt, featuring various celebrities including Jordan, Phillip Brooke, Big Ben Kennedy, Jackie Chan, and Brian Regan.

As of July 2008, Charlie Sheen joined Jordan as the next Hanes celebrity spokesman. The commercials (along with the previous Cuba Gooding, Jr. commercials) were created by writer Brett Baker and Art Director David McKay of The Martin Agency in Richmond, Virginia. Hanesbrands has ended its advertising campaign featuring Sheen because of domestic violence charges filed against the actor in 2010.[7]


  1. ^ "Northwest Almanac: Shamrock Knitting Mills helped build Winston-Salem". Winston-Salem Journal. 2018-03-19. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Gwynne S. Taylor (n.d.). "Shamrock Mills" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. ^ Sherry Joines Wyatt (June 2004). "P.H. Hanes Knitting Company" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Company News". The New York Times. 1978-12-08. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  6. ^ a b Elliott, Stuart (2005-02-24). "Hanes Revives a Successful Campaign From the 90's". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Hanes drops ads featuring Charlie Sheen". USA Today. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 2010.

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