Nautica (clothing company)

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Industry Apparel/Clothing/Fashion
Founded 1983
Founder David Chu
Headquarters New York City, U.S.
Products Mid-range to high-end men's, women's, children's apparel and accessories, home, watches, fragrance
Parent VF Corporation
Divisions Nautica Sportswear, Nautica Jeans Company

Nautica is a mid-range to high-end American apparel brand of the VF Corporation featuring primarily men's, women's, children's apparel and accessories, as well as 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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