Nau (clothing retailer)

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Nau International, Inc
Traded as Nau
Industry Clothing, Accessories, Sustainable clothing
Founded 2007
Founder Eric Reynolds, Chris van Dyke, Mark Galbraith, Jil Zilligen, and Ian Yolles
Headquarters Santa Rosa, California, Portland, Oregon, United States
Area served
Key people
Jun Kang (President)
DH Lee (VP)
Mark Galbraith (GM)
Greg Keeling
Allison Ross
Products Jackets, Hard Shells, Soft Shells, Shirts, Pants, Dresses, Shorts, Skirts, Sunglasses,
Number of employees
Parent Black Yak

Nau is a clothing company, founded in 2007 by Marmot (company) founder Eric Reynolds and based in Portland, Oregon, United States.


The company's business model includes the use of textiles developed from 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 business plan 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]

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]


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

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