Welcome to The Sporting District's online iteration of our popular "Meet the Maker" series! Start every Monday off with a look at the makers behind your favorite products. For our first electronic installment, we're proud to introduce R. Hanauer, maker of fine bowties, pocket squares and cummerbunds!
R. Hanauer was established in 1985 when its owner, Randy Hanauer, realized that white pocket squares were a niche that needed to be filled in the menswear market. Sounds hard to believe, but at that time, the only squares available were the “for blow, not for show” type, and, as Hanauer knew, a handkerchief is much too large for a suit breast pocket. Hanauer’s knowledge in fabric, design, and color, combined with his experience as a manufacturers’ representative made his new business endeavor possible.
Hanauer’s first pocket squares were designed by Hanauer, then cut, sewn and pressed with the aid of a seamstress, on a single machine which could perform a simulated hand rolled edge on the squares. Much of the pressing and packaging took place on his dining room table. He later found a tailor shop in Rock Hill, South Carolina, that would produce his products.
The squares were well received by the retail stores. Hanauer soon added a few new patterns, such as tattersalls, plaids and paisleys. As he grew in talent and confidence, bow ties and matching cummerbunds were added to his product line.
In 1990, R. Hanauer, Inc. expanded operations as the company moved into its own workshop in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The company has since tripled the size of the facility. R. Hanauer products are proudly made in the USA from imported fabrics, and Hanauer attributes much of his success to, “good honest working relationships and a product based on quality.”