By  on January 25, 2009

The demand for luxe goods has diminished in the recession, but Hanro of Switzerland sees opportunity as it celebrates its 125th anniversary.

Founded by Albert Handschin in Liestal in 1884, the Hanro name became a brand in 1913 and introduced its first marquee items in 1930 — ultralight Spencer Bra tops and circular-knit bodysuits of fine wool. The company entered the boom years of raschel lace in the Sixties and Seventies, seamless cotton renditions in the Eighties and launched modernistic microlingerie called Cosmetic Lingerie in 1999.

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