Ratner Managements roots date back to the 1920s, when Isaac Ratner, a cap manufacturer, moved his wife and family of six children from New York City to San Diego.
Isaac Ratner reestablished his cap business in San Diego, and two of his sons, Abe and Nate, joined him as salesmen. During World War II, Ratner Clothing Corp. manufactured naval uniforms and officers' caps. After the War, Ratner Clothing added men’s pants and suits to its manufacturing portfolio.
In the 1980s, the company bought the licensing rights to the Hang Ten apparel trademark and licensed the popular brand worldwide.
As the clothing business grew, the business acquired factory capacity in San Diego and elsewhere on the West Coast. This property expansion was the genesis of the company's real estate investment and development business.
Investing for the long-term, holding diversified properties in its portfolio, rarely selling its investments, and periodically entering into strategic development relationships remains Ratner Management's guiding philosophy today.