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This article is about the clothing company. For other uses, see Haines (disambiguation) and Haynes (disambiguation).
Founded 1901; 115 years ago (1901) (as Shamrock Knitting Mills)
Founder John Wesley Hanes
Headquarters Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.
Products Underwear, casualwear, hosiery and socks
Parent Hanesbrands Inc
Website www.hanes.com

Hanes (founded in 1901) and Hanes Her Way (founded in 1986) are brands of clothing currently owned by the HanesBrands, Inc Corporation (NYSEHBI). The Hanes brand is used by the company for marketing a variety of clothing:

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.

The brand's two main competitors are Fruit of the Loom and Jockey.


Hanes was founded in 1901 by John Wesley Hanes at Winston, North Carolina under the name Shamrock Knitting Mills. 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.[1][2]

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.[2][3]


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".

During the late 1990s, the brand's main slogan was "Just wait'll we get our Hanes on you."

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

In 2005, an ad campaign was run with the slogan "Look who we've got our Hanes on now", featuring various celebrities including Michael Jordan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Marisa Tomei, Damon Wayans, Matthew Perry, and on Spanish-language advertising, Aracely Arámbula, and Pablo Montero. In 2006, the campaign added Kevin Bacon and Christina Applegate to their lineup. In 2007, the campaign expanded again to include Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Sarah Chalke in 2008.

As of July 2008, Charlie Sheen joined Michael 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 Charlie Sheen because of domestic violence charges filed against the actor in 2010.[4]


Like other clothing companies, Hanes has come under criticism for outsourcing its manufacturing to factories around the world.

From October 2006 to November 2007, customers buying at the hanes.com website were submitting their credit card info over an unencrypted HTTP connection despite using an order form that appeared to be secure.[5][6]


  1. ^ Gwynne S. Taylor (n.d.). "Shamrock Mills" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-11-01. 
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ 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 2014-11-01. 
  4. ^ "Hanes drops ads featuring Charlie Sheen". USA Today. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Matthew Elvey, CTO — The Elvey Partnership (IT Consulting Group)". Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Mozilla Bugzilla Bug 358858 – Spurious Security warning?". Mozilla Foundation. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 

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