In 1884, Albert HANschin and Carl ROnus founded a knitwear factory in the Swiss town of Liestal, naming it HANRO – and the foundation for an international success story was laid. As pioneers in the field of circular knitting, they manufactured top quality undergarments on machines specially developed for the purpose.
Right from the early days, the company focused on high quality natural fibers. A rule to which HANRO has always remained true. Over the years, many valuable designs have been added to the archive. These priceless treasures still serve as an unfailing source of inspiration for our designers.
FOUNDED IN SWITZERLAND BY ALBERT HANDSCHIN AND CARL RONUS
In 1884, Albert Handschin founds a knitwear factory in Liestal, Switzerland. His vision: Lingerie of natural fibers, soft and comfortable to wear, for the elegant, modern woman of the times.
REGISTRATION OF THE HANRO BRAND
In 1913, the trademark HANRO is registered - composed of the name of Albert Handschin and of his business partner Carl Ronus. From the very beginning, HANRO prioritized its own patented circular knitting technology, which guaranteed the perfect fit and comfort.
START OF INTERNATIONALIZATION, EXPANSION INTO THE USA
Ultra-light and waist-enhancing Spencer tops and circular-knit bodysuits made of the finest wool and silk are designed primarily to keep the body warm. Later, fashionable and seductive lingerie items supplement the look.
DISCOVERY OF MODERN FEMININITY
Madeleine Handschin, granddaughter of the company founder, creates a world first: ultralight bra tops as invisible underwear. Sporty leisurewear also finds a place in the HANRO collection with her beach and swimwear.
Due to the difficult period of the Second World War, in which wool is rationed, HANRO begins to work with new and innovative viscose fabrics made of cellulose. Synthetic fibres are introduced only under the strictest quality criteria.
HOLLYWOOD DIVA GLAMOUR
In the 1950s, HANRO builds on its reputation amongst the ladies of the world with elegant nightgowns and robes. The diva glamour of Hollywood is reflected in HANRO’s lingerie collections. Seductive, figure-hugging lace creations celebrate the newly-discovered femininity. Marilyn Monroe, who wears HANRO lingerie in the famous scene from “The Seven Year Itch”, is just one example.
RASCHEL LACE WITH FLORAL MOTIF
In the Flower Power era, the Raschel lace machines at HANRO operate in two and three shifts. The new products made of Raschel knit in bonbon colors and with flower motifs boom and make HANRO a world leader in the lingerie industry.
CLOSENESS TO NATURE AND SPORTING AMBITION
Closeness to nature with sporting ambition is the recipe to staying young for longer. HANRO addresses the young and young-at-heart customer base with sport underwear in chunky rib knit. The tendency for underwear to become outerwear is already apparent with a bra set worn as a bikini and a body as a swimsuit.
SPAGHETTI TOP WITH CULT STATUS
In the 1980s, HANRO proves itself as a pioneer of a new, puristic, wellness-inspired aesthetic. “Back to classics” is HANRO’s motto as it launches tops made of the finest mercerized cotton. The Cotton Seamless spaghetti top, worn for example by Nicole Kidman in “Eyes Wide Shut”, becomes a bestseller with international cult status.
INCORPORATION INTO AUSTRIAN HUBER HOLDING
HANRO has now been a leader in the luxury lingerie sector for more than a century. Conscious of its long history, HANRO can depend on what it has perpetuated over generations: “Back to the roots”. But this doesn’t mean resting on their laurels. Rather, it symbolizes HANRO’s own philosophy of guaranteeing its customers worldwide a high degree of consistency and innovative quality. In 1991, HANRO is integrated into the Austrian Huber Group with headquarters in Götzis/Vorarlberg.
GROWING SIGNIFICANCE OF LOUNGEWEAR
Over the last years, the modern HANRO loungewear collections have increasingly reflected the casual trend of the new century. Casual outerwear shirts and dresses play fashionably with the idea of inner and outer, and blur the boundaries between underwear, nightwear, and outerwear. In 2014, HANRO celebrates its 130th anniversary.
“DESIGNER OF THE YEAR” AWARD
In 2016, HANRO is named “Designer of the Year 2016” by the world’s largest and most prestigious lingerie fair, SALON INTERNATIONAL DE LA LINGERIE, from among 500 lingerie brands.
"SUSTAINAIBLE & LUXURY"
For HANRO sustainability is more then a new coming trend. Sustainability has always been lived and its a part of the brand DNA. Therefore HANRO still sets on modern, cellulosic fibers such as: TENCELTM. Together with modern Trend-Collections and the INDIVIDUALS @ HANRO concept, HANRO shows that underwear and nightwear can be more than it is. Through the Mix & Match collection it is possible to create new styles, where the borders disappear between, daywear and nightwear as well as between indoor and outdoor garments.