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.
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.
The company drops the word “silk” due to an embargo on this material during World War II.
Vanity Fair Mills goes public.
The corporate name is changed to VF Corporation to reflect its increasingly diverse product line.
VF offers first dividend
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.
VF Corp acquires the Nautica® brand.
VF Corp acquires the Reef® brand.
VF Corp acquires the Ella Moss® brand.
VF Corp acquires the Splendid® brand.
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 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.
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.