The Hawke & Dumar Custom Goods Company was established in 1968 by three childhood friends that grew up together in Charleston, South Carolina. Brothers, John and Daniel Dumar, worked with their dad, at Dumar & Sons Surplus Co., a family-owned business, after school. They sold tools, uniforms and work-wear attire to the locals that worked at the nearby railroad and lumber yards.
While in college, the boys would return home each summer to work at the store. They always admired their dad’s sense of style and class, but also appreciated the rugged look that the retail and lumber yard workers possessed. Some of the work-wear products were of a very high quality, and they incorporated some of those pieces into their everyday wardrobe.
The brothers grew up with James Hawke, whose mother and father worked for Mr. Dumar. Mr. and Mrs. Hawke were both tailors, making Mr. Dumar’s custom suits. James spent a considerable amount of time around the store, and, as a result, the Dumar boys and James Hawke became the best of friends.