He was born in 1908 into the
large family of a Protestant "small holder" in northern Ireland.
His native intelligence and uncommon drive led him to embark on a
business career, begun in the warehouse of the local linen weaving
In the late 1930s, Hamilton Adams arrived in New York City to
a subsidiary sales office for the firm. Here he met and married
Miss Charlotte Brown, and quickly established the new venture. Just
as he was setting into successful management, however, a larger
duty called. With the mobilization for World War II, Hamilton
volunteered for the U.S. Army.
Returning home after the War, eager to reestablish his chosen
founded Hamilton Adams Imports Linen Ltd., with himself as owner
Around the mid-1950s, the market for linen apparel suffered a
setback, so Mr. Adams created the home furnishings division with
the new qualities supplied predominantly by Belgian mills. As the
new home furnishings division grew dramatically, the
company enjoyed a decade of resounding success.
Tragedy struck in 1964 when Hamilton Adams became suddenly ill and
passed away at the untimely age of 56. His widow Charlotte sold the
firm and new owners installed Mr. Harry Banks, whom had for years
worked closely with Hamilton Adams, as president.
Libeco bought Hamilton Adams in 1996 and we proudly used the name
for many years. Although none of us here at Libeco had the chance
to know Hamilton Adams, many of us worked with his successor Harry
Banks - we speak of him often and the great passion he had for
linen. We no longer use the Hamilton Adams name, but it is
certainly not forgotten. We now sell all of our products
under the Libeco name, a necessary corporate decision, however, HA
remains very important to us and always will.