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Nautica has inked new licenses for its tailored clothing and dress shirt businesses, both of which were previously licensed to Smart Apparel U.S. Inc. under an agreement that expires on Dec. 31. The new Nautica tailored clothing license is with the Levy Group and expands on an existing tailored outerwear license with that company. The new dress shirt license is with LF USA.
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Both licenses will begin with the spring 2013 season, with product available in department and specialty stores as well as on nautica.com. The clothing offering will include both classic and slim fits with a focus on soft-casual sport jackets and travel-friendly suits. Bruce Zeitlin will lead the Nautica tailored clothing and tailored outerwear business at the Levy Group.
Dress shirt fits will be available in classic and athletic models in an array of traditional and modern patterns and colors. Jodie Yorke, director of sales, will lead the Nautica dress shirt division at LF USA. “The Nautica license represents a significant step in our effort to build a strong portfolio of brands in our men’s area and upgrade our dress shirt capabilities,” said Rick Darling, president of LF USA.