Co-owner and co-founder of the Hannah trademark
But to achieve that, we also needed first-class equipment that could not be obtained in our country then. There was only one solution available: to produce everything we needed somehow ourselves. I was sewing down sleeping bags, jackets and “bonekan” (very heavy, knitted cloth) jackets for my friends. At that time, I was not the only one who tried to catch up through one’s own production with what was not available then in the socialist shops. Every climbing team had someone who produced something – backpacks, climbing lanyards or even climbing belay gears. The amateur beginnings had sort of an appeal for us. Imagine the horrid mess you would create in your bathroom when starting stuffing down into a sleeping bag sewn with your own hands. Feathers are everywhere with you in the centre of the chaos, kneeling in the bathtub and trying to persuade the down to finally get where you want to. You may laugh, and so do we, when remembering the days when it all began.
We shared our success and failures together with our friends and supported each other on our way to our goals in sports. They were the solid foundations for trying to continue as professionals.Even if we didn’t know into what we threw ourselves, or just for that reason, we decided quickly. In 1991, we founded our company in Pilsen, with my name taken to form the basis of the brand. The HANNAH trademark was born."
WE ESTABLISH OUR BRAND HANNAH
While sewing on a work-at-home basis we sell our first pieces of outdoor equipment.
WE ARE “ANCHORED”
KOTVA (translated “anchor”), the most famous departmental store of this era, commences merchandising our products.
OUR FIRST OWN STORE
We open our first store in Slovanska street, Pilsen, and then later in the year a store in Klatovy.
WE EXPAND OUR CAPACITIES
In 1996, despite moving our business several times, we yet again exceeded our production capabilities and begin working with renowned external suppliers.
WE BEGIN EXPORTING
The first foreign country we export to is Slovenia, quickly followed by Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and the Ukraine.
FIRST EXPEDITION TENTS
We add expedition tents for extreme conditions to our collection, and immediately became partners to several 8000m climbs.
we develop "Climatic"
In partnership with a Japanese manufacturer, we develop our branded membrane “CLIMATIC”.
we move under our own roof
We move premises to a newly constructed, purpose-built, commercial and administrative 3.000m2 building in Pilsen, which includes a large retail store.
IMPLEMENTING LASER CUTTING TECHNOLOGY
We launch our three-layered membrane jacket “MARVEL”, where we use laser-cutting and welding technology for the first time.
own mono-brand concept stores
We begin to systematically build a network of our own mono-brand concept stores in the Czech Republic. In 2007, we also design a new and modern, dynamic “HANNAH” logo.
WE EXPORT TO MORE THAN 20 COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE
By now our products are being sold in Europe, Asia and America.
we celebrate 25 years
The times have changed a lot by now, but what remains constant is our joy in continuously moving – forward, and anywhere in the outdoors.