Nautica (clothing company)

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Industry Apparel/Clothing/Fashion
Founded 1983
Founder(s) David Chu
Headquarters New York City, U.S.
Products Men's, Women's, Children's Apparel & Accessories, Home, Fragrance
Parent VF Corporation
Divisions Nautica Sportswear, Nautica Jeans Company

Nautica is a US-based apparel brand of the VF Corporation featuring primarily men's sportswear. Nautica was founded in 1983 by clothing designer, David Chu, and a partner. It was purchased for cash and stock in 1984 by State-O-Main, a New York based apparel company. State-O-Main changed its name to Nautica in 1994. VF Corporation purchased Nautica in 2003.[1]

Nautica took its name from the Latin word "Nauticus" for naval. Since one of mankind's first accomplishments in exploring the world was to take to the seas, a spinnaker logo was designed as a symbol of adventure, action and classicism.[2]

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  1. ^ "Reference for Business - Nautica Enterprises, Inc.". 2001. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  2. ^ "Nautica - about". 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 

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