Nautica (clothing company)
|Headquarters||New York City, U.S.|
|Products||Men's, Women's, Children's Apparel & Accessories, Home, Watches, Fragrance|
|Divisions||Nautica Sportswear, Nautica Jeans Company|
Nautica is an American 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-Maine changed its name to Nautica in 1994. VF Corporation purchased Nautica in 2003.
Nautica took its name from the Latin word nauticus - which comes from the Greek word ναυτικός - for naval and in Italian language nautica means seamanship. 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 and action.
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