L'eggs is a popular brand of pantyhose introduced in 1969 by Hanes. The hosiery premiered a unique trade dress by placing its product in white plastic oversized chicken-egg-shaped containers and garnering shelf space in supermarkets and drugstores (hosiery products had previously been sold primarily in department and women's clothing stores), most frequently on revolving carousel L'eggs displays (called the "L'eggs Boutique").
The L'eggs egg
The L'eggs name, package and logo were created by designer Roger Ferriter, working in the design studio of Herb Lubalin Associates in New York City in 1969. On the morning of the scheduled presentation of the marketing and packaging ideas to the Hanes Corporation for the new low-cost pantyhose launch, Ferriter was not satisfied that the work was sufficiently creative. In an effort to revisit the name and packaging one last time, he attempted to "experience" the product in some new way, hoping that the exercise would suggest a new creative direction for the branding. Among his efforts, he attempted to compress a pair of pantyhose in his fist, wondering how compact the product could become. Staring at his clenched fist with the pantyhose inside he was struck with the possibility that the package could be an egg. Just as quickly, he realized that "egg" rhymes with "leg", and then (adding the popular mid-century marketing boost of giving a product name some French-sounding twist), he incorporated the L' (French for "the" when followed by a vowel such as the "e" of eggs) and arrived at L'eggs. Some sketches were prepared in time for the presentation, including a logo that incorporated two egg-influenced letter G's and thus was born one of the most successful product launches in history. (This account is based on recollections by a student who studied with Ferriter at the School of Visual Arts several years after the launch. The events of that morning were described by Ferriter.)
In order to compete with the hugely successful L'eggs branding, in 1973 the Kayser-Roth Corporation introduced No Nonsense pantyhose. The product name was adopted in an attempt to denigrate the perceived "gimmicky" appeal of the L'eggs name, logo and packaging, but to little avail, as the Hanes brand continued to dominate the pantyhose market.
The product slogan, "Our L'eggs fit your legs", appeared in print and TV ads. The L'eggs boutiques in stores were stocked by L'eggs girls, who wore charcoal gray Hot Pants type uniforms to show off the fact they were wearing L'eggs Pantyhose. They each drove White L'eggs Trucks, emblazoned with the L'eggs logo to match the L'eggs White Eggs & Boutique.
Though the L'eggs egg became integral to the brand and their marketing and advertising, in more recent years, parent company HanesBrands Inc. has ceased packaging the hosiery in the hard plastic containers. Notwithstanding the secondary uses for the containers by crafters, artists, and hobbyists, the plastic eggs were seen as an example of wastefulness.
- Ramirez, Anthony (July 10, 1991). "L'eggs Makes Big Switch: From Plastic to Cardboard". The New York Times. p. D7. Retrieved May 31, 2015.