Nautica is a fashion brand founded in 1983 by
David Chu, which was purchased by
VF Corporation in 2003 for $US1 billion.
Nautica took its name from the Latin word "Nauticus"
for ship. David Chu got $100 million from the sale
VF Corporation and remained the
chief designer until 2004.
The company grew from a collection of just 6 sailing
jackets at its first fashion show to a global lifestyle
brand with products ranging from men's, women's
and children's apparel and accessories to a complete
Nautica is sold in more than 64 countries with more
than 170 Nautica branded stores worldwide.