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 to VF Corporation and remained the CEO and chief designer until 2004.
Nautica is a leading global lifestyle brand for men, women, and children, which includes home bedding collections. As a nautical-influenced classic American sportswear brand, we inspire and enable people to experience the joy of water.
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 home collection.
Today, Nautica is one of the most recognized American brands throughout the world, with over 35 categories available in more than 65 countries with 74 US Nautica stores and 291 International stores, and over 1,400 Nautica branded shop-in-shops worldwide.