Nautica Apparel, Inc. has signed a licensing agreement with Mundi Westport Group for the manufacture and distribution of Nautica women's handbags, small leather goods, tech and travel accessories as well as men's backpacks and casual bags.The deal will be effective beginning in the summer and will cover the U.S. and Canada.
Inspired by the heritage of the Nautica brand, the first collection will offer a bright color palette, including colorblocking, graphic florals and seascape patterns on both handbags and wallets. Key silhouettes will include backpacks and totes.
“We are pleased to announce our collaboration with Westport for the Nautica men’s and women’s accessories license. MWG has a great reputation in the industry for producing quality items that are both fashionable and wearable, and we look forward to expanding our product offerings through this partnership,” said Brendan Sullivan, president of VF Sportswear. Nautica is a division of VF.“Adding a powerful, universally recognized brand such as Nautica to our portfolio fits perfectly with our strategy of being a premier resource for women’s and men’s accessories,” said J. Kevin Ross, president of MWG. “With its own, very specific DNA — Nautica presents us with a unique aesthetic allowing us the platform to capture that casual look that we see so prevalent with what today’s consumer desires."The collection will be targeted to department and specialty stores.