Authentic Brands Group, a global brand development, marketing and entertainment company, on Thursday, announced a production and distribution partnership with men’s dress shirt purveyor, Versa Group for the Nautica brand.

Through the long-term agreement, Versa Group will design, produce and distribute Nautica branded men’s dress shirts to a wide range of department stores, specialty retailers and eCommerce accounts across the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Dress shirts have been a staple in Nautica’s men’s assortment for decades. As the brand continues to reinvent its classics for the modern, sustainably conscious consumer, Versa Group will introduce new performance features and updated materials to the line. Key elements, including the use of sustainable materials, four-way stretch fabrics and the introduction of a slim fit cut are among the latest updates designed to serve the brand’s new and existing customers.

“We are pleased to breathe fresh air to Nautica sales with a new dress shirt partner, Versa,” said Jarrod Weber, group president of lifestyle at Authentic Brands Group. “Nautica dress shirts are a perfect extension for the consumer who dresses up and yet appreciates the Nautica lifestyle.”

Versa Group has been a leading manufacturer of men’s shirts, ties and accessories for over 25 years. Nautica is a brand that draws inspiration from the ocean to create nautical-inspired classics.

“Our organization is looking forward to this partnership with Nautica, a brand whose presence is recognized by retailers and consumers across the world,” said Marc Seruya, Versa’s CEO. “We are confident that our expertise will provide added value to the loyal Nautica customer as well as attract new fans to the brand.”

The new assortment of Nautica men’s dress shirts, developed by Versa Group, will launch at select retailers and on this spring.

ABG’s portfolio includes such active lifestyle assets as Spyder, Prince and Volcom.

Photo courtesy Versa Group