By  on February 7, 2013

David Chu always had an affinity for the water. And it was this love of the ocean that prompted the designer and entrepreneur to create the Nautica label in 1983.

“I used to travel to the islands and loved being on the beach in St. Maarten and the Bahamas,” Chu said in a recent interview at his town house in New York’s Flatiron District. “I found the island life cool and relaxing and being around the ocean was magnificent.”

Even so, the idea of creating a nautical-themed apparel brand was the furthest thing from his mind growing up. In fact, Chu, who was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the U.S. at age 13, had designs on being an architect, not a designer.

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