New York City, 1983: Our story starts here. Founder and designer, David Chu, had one clear vision: to bring the inspiration of the sea to everyday style. Nautica was born.
Inspired by the Latin word nauticus, meaning “ship,” our name, logo, and identity tie our heritage to the sea and all of its energy and inspiration. We believe that same spirit of energy and inspiration lives in all cities that thrive at the water’s edge. Headquartered in a style capital surrounded by water, New York City, we celebrate the people and places that share that passion, and give them style that is inspired by the sea, designed in the city.
Launched with just six styles of outerwear, Nautica today represents a reimagined nautical interpretation of what people want to wear. Our style attracts more and more people across the globe as we continue to grow in more than 75 countries with over 250 Nautica-branded stores.
For over three decades, we have been the leading global lifestyle brand for reimagined nautical style. We create style that lives where the city meets the sea. We are Nautica.