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Company History

A Storied 120-Year History

1890s

In October 1899, the company is first established in Pennsylvania as the Reading Glove and Mitten Manufacturing Company by John Barbey and a group of investors.

1910s

The company is renamed Schuylkill Silk Manufacturing when it expands into silk lingerie.

Through a contest, “Vanity Fair” is selected as a brand name for the lingerie line.

The company changes its name to Vanity Fair Silk Mills, Inc.

1940s

The company drops the word “silk” due to an embargo on this material during World War II.

1950s

Vanity Fair Mills goes public.

1960s

The company acquires the H.D. Lee Company (now the Lee? brand). The corporate name is changed to VF Corporation to reflect its increasingly diverse product line.

1970s

VF offers first dividend

1980s


The purchase of Blue Bell Holding Company, Inc. for $762 million adds the Wrangler?, Rustler?, Jantzen?, JanSport? and Red Kap? brands to the portfolio. The acquisition effectively doubles VF’s size and makes it the largest publicly held clothing company.

VF becomes one of the two largest jeans makers in the world, with 25 percent of the $6 billion market.

1990s

VF acquires the Bulwark? brand.


2000s

VF acquires The North Face? brand, offering a comprehensive collection of high-performance outerwear.

VF acquires the Eastpak? brand.

VF acquires the Nautica? brand.


VF completes a merger with the Vans? brand. As a result, the brand becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of VF.

VF acquires the Kipling? brand.

VF acquires the Napapijri? brand.

VF acquires the Reef? brand.

VF acquires the 7 For All Mankind? brand.

VF acquires the lucy? brand.

VF acquires the Eagle Creek? brand.

VF divests of its Vanity Fair Intimates business

VF acquires the Ella Moss? brand.

VF acquires the Splendid? brand.

Timberland?

2010s

VF acquires the Timberland? brand. This transformative acquisition further expands VF’s Outdoor & Action Sports coalition.


VF divests of its Licensed Sports Group business

VF divests of its Contemporary Brands businesses

The 2017 acquisition combines Williamson-Dickie’s brands, including Dickies?, Workrite?, Kodiak?, Terra?, and Walls? with VF’s current workwear offerings to create a global leader in workwear.

The 2018 acquisition of Icebreaker? is an ideal complement to VF's Smartwool? brand, which also features Merino wool in its clothing and accessories. Together, the Smartwool? and Icebreaker? brands will position VF as a global leader in the Merino wool and natural fiber categories.

VF divests of the Nautica? brand.


VF acquires the Altra? brand. The Altra? brand provides VF with a unique and differentiated technical footwear brand and a capability that when applied across VF’s outdoor footwear, direct-to-consumer and international platforms, will serve as a catalyst for growth within the outdoor and performance segment.

Kontoor Brands

VF completes separation of Jeanswear organization into an independent, publicly traded company. The new company, named Kontoor Brands, Inc., will include the Wrangler?, Lee? and Rock & Republic? brands, and the VF Outlet business.

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