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John Wesley Hanes

1901; 116 years ago (1901) (as Shamrock Knitting Mills)

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.

Underwear, 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:

  • Innerwear
  • Women's underwear, such as bras, panties and bodywear
  • Men's underwear and undershirts
  • Kids’ underwear and undershirts
  • Socks
  • Outerwear
  • Activewear, such as performance T-shirts and shorts
  • Casualwear, such as T-shirts, fleece and sport shirts
  • Hosiery
  • History

    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.

    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.

    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." 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."

    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 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.


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