HISTORY

The company was established nearly 30 years ago and during the formative years we spent a good deal of time moving from one building to another. As the company grew and then subsequently downscaled, we moved yet again to maintain our core manufacturing base in the UK. We have had an interesting journey to date, with substantial product acceptance from the high-end industries, which are particularly difficult to permeate.

Below are some of the highlights of this journey.

1987

15 years of collecting dressing gowns

1987 First collection portfolio page

15 years of collecting dressing gowns from charity and junk shops, become the inspiration for the first Daniel Hanson collection. During this same year Daniel meets, by chance, the Harrods men’s Nightwear buyer on a train!

1987

1988

Harrods

Harrods order

Harrods buy the first collection of Men’s Nightwear.

1988

New York, New York

1988 Salon De Lingerie image

Daniel Hanson takes the first collection to New York to show at Salon De Lingerie. Ensuing orders need financing.

1988

1989

Derek Rose

1989 Derek Rose timeline point

Derek Rose Ltd, employs Daniel Hanson as a design consultant and finances the production of the first collection.

1989

Neiman Marcus

Daniel Hanson turns the kitchen in his home into a machine room and employs his first productive operatives. Neiman Marcus USA place their first order.

1989

1991

Barneys

1991 Barneys New York image

Barneys: New York, place their first order.

1991

Goodbye Mr Chips

Daniel Hanson leaves his post as Principal Lecturer and Course Leader of the Fashion Department at Nottingham Trent University to dedicate his time to designing, manufacturing and building his brand.

1991

1991

3000 gowns

After cutting, making and dispatching the first 3,000 gowns from home, the company takes on its first commercial premises in a disused Raleigh Cycle factory in Nottingham.

1992

Friends from USA

1992 Nieman Marcus come to UK

Neiman Marcus USA come over to the UK and visit the company in Nottingham and continue to buy from the collection.

1992

1992

More sales to USA

1992 2 images from prospectus for Bergdorf and brooks brothers

Bergdorf Goodman USA men and women’s departments first buy from the collection. (This relationship is still ongoing today).

Brooks Brothers USA visit us in Nottingham and a trading relationship starts which lasted until 2016.

1994

First Shop

1994 Daniel Hanson Canning Circus Shop

Daniel Hanson opens the first shop on Canning Circus, Nottingham.

1994

1992

DL Lord

DL Lord (Burlington Arcade) London, start to buy the collection.

1993

On the move

1993 Radford Mill image

A move to much larger premises (5000Sq Ft) in Norton Street, Nottingham.

1993

1994

Burlington Arcade

1992 DL Lord timeline image

DL Lord (Burlington Arcade) open Daniel Hanson ‘Shop within Shop’.

1995

Beauty of Kimono

1995 beauty of Kimono image

The Company shows in Japan and Daniel Hanson begins to discover the origin and beauty of Kimono.

1995

1996

Bespoke

1996 suits

Serious development of a bespoke hand-canvassed tailoring range for men starts. 

1997

Hitting Number 1

Elton John first buys Daniel Hanson robes.

Michael Jackson closes Harrods to shop and purchases two Daniel Hanson pashmina dressing gowns.

1997

1998

In the Movies

1998 entrapment

Penny Rose commissions costume designs for Entrapment (Sean Connery & Catherine Zeta-Jones).

1999

Troubles

Daniel Hanson creates a separate factory to manufacture fully hand-canvassed suits in the UK and runs out of money.

1999

1999

Salvation

1999 Bonsoir timeline scan

The Daniel Hanson trading company purchased by Bonsoir of London. Nottingham manufacturing disbanded and moved to Crewekerne, Somerset.

2002

On MTV

2002 Ozzie Osborne

Ozzie Osborne enters the world of Celebrity TV in a Daniel Hanson dressing gown.

2002

2004

Coming home

Bulk-manufacturing at Bonsoir in Somerset disbanded. Daniel Hanson returns to Nottingham and re-establishes the company with a focus on high value, low volume product design and manufacturing.

2005

Accolade

2005 independant

Daniel Hanson cited as ‘The Sistine Chapel ceiling of Dressing Gown Luxury. (Simon Carter) The Independent.

2005

2007

Finding our home

2007 Crosland House full front

The existing company premises were purchased in Nottingham.

2008

Kimono at Harrods

2008 Harrods Kimono Hall

Harrods utilises service corridor to display Daniel Hanson Kimono.

2008

2010

The new Kimono Hall

2010 Harrods Kimono Hall

Harrods reopens the service corridor as a mainline trading site for Daniel Hanson Kimono.

2011

47 Ronin

2011 ronin 47

265 Outfits commissioned and made for 47 Ronin (Staring Keanu Reeves).

2011

2011

HRH

2011 HRH William and Catherine

Turnbull & Asser commissions Daniel Hanson to produce designs and garments to be given to HRH William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as wedding presents.

2013

Business focus

Greater emphasis put on Bespoke and Made to Order collections.

2013

2014

Modern times

Funding Circle monies raised to finance website. 

2018

Merry Christmas

2018 Elton John Hando EMbroiudered Gown for Christmas Advert

Sir Elton John wears his own dressing gown, commissoned from Daniel Hanson in 2011, for the John Lewis' 2018 Christmas TV advert.

2018