Nau (clothing retailer)

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Nau International, Inc
Traded as Nau
Industry Retail
Founded 2005
Founder Eric Reynolds, Chris van Dyke, Mark Galbraith, Jil Zilligen, and Ian Yolles
Headquarters Santa Rosa, California, Portland, Oregon, USA
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Jun Kang(President)
DH Lee(VP)
Mark Galbraith (GM)
Jamie Bainbridge
Greg Keeling
Kyle Duford
Allison Ross
Products Jackets, Hard Shells, Soft Shells, Shirts, Pants, Dresses, Shorts, Skirts,
Number of employees
20
Parent Black Yak
Website nau.com

Nau is a Sustainable Clothing company focusing on stylish, performance apparel, founded in 2005 by Marmot (company) founder Eric Reynolds and based in Portland, Oregon, United States with strong social and environmental missions. Nau believes that businesses aren't inherently bad, and that through ethically-sourced fabrics and materials, factories adhering to certain work standards and labor laws and giving back to charitable organizations, businesses can help change the world, and the way we produce, consume and distribute products.

Sustainability[edit]

The company's mission includes the use of textiles developed from high quality sustainable technical fibers and fabrics in line with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).[1] Nau also makes use of ethical Merino and other wools[2] within its products as well as other uniques such as recycled polyester, Tencel, Cocona synthetic down and ethically-sourced goose down[3] All employees of Nau are provided free public transport and carbon offsetting tokens purchased for corporate travel and product to customer deliveries.[4] Nau was named Outside magazine's Best Companies to Work for in 2010.[5]

Partners for Change program[edit]

Nau's core philanthropic mission involves a donation of 2% from each sale to selected community partners through their "Partners for Change" program, where the customer chooses one of the organizations after their purchase. As of 2014, these partners were People for BIkes, Ashoka, Breakthrough Institute, Mercy Corp[6] and EcoTrust. Nau donates 100% of those collected to these organizations.

Sold and sold again[edit]

After a strong debut in the outdoor world, Nau opened numerous retail stores across the United States (Portland, San Francisco, Chicago and others), but on May 2, 2008, Nau announced that it was ceasing operations,[7] primarily due to an inability to raise further capital. In 2008 Nau was purchased by Horny Toad, Inc. and reopened for trade in October of that year.[8]

In October 2013, Horny Toad sold the Nau brand to Korean-based Black Yak for an undisclosed amount with plans to continue the growth of the business through online, wholesale and eventually its own retail channels.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GOTS - International Working Group (IWG) on Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)". Global-standard.org. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  2. ^ "Zque". Zque. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  3. ^ "Our Philosophy". nau.com. Nau website. 
  4. ^ "About Us". nau.com. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  5. ^ "Best Companies to Work for, 2010". outside.com. Outside magazine. 
  6. ^ "Nau". Mercy Corps. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  7. ^ Jerry Casey, The Oregonian. "Sustainable clothier Nau pulls the plug | OregonLive.com". Blog.oregonlive.com. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  8. ^ "We Are Family ~ Horny Toad Activewear". Hornytoad.com. 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  9. ^ "Apparel brand Nau sold to Black Yak of South Korea". Oregonian.com. Oregonian. 

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