Nautica (clothing company)

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

Nautica is an American apparel brand of the VF Corporation featuring primarily high end Men's, Women's, Children's Apparel & Accessories, Home, Watches, and Fragrance. 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-Maine, a New York-based apparel company. State-O-Maine changed its name to Nautica in 1994. VF Corporation purchased Nautica in 2003.[1]

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.[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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