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George Henry Bass begins his career as a shoemaker

1876

George Henry Bass begins his career as a shoemaker by purchasing a share of E.P. Packard and Co., a shoe manufacturer in Wilton, Maine. In 1879, he becomes the sole owner and changes the name to G.H. Bass & Co.

Moses Phillips and his wife Endel begin hand sewing shirts

1881

Moses Phillips and his wife Endel begin hand sewing shirts and selling them to local Pottsville, PA coal miners. The small pushcart operation would turn into today's PVH.

A patent is granted to Van Heusen

1919

A patent is granted for the Van Heusen "soft-folding collar". Two years later, this revolutionary new collar is introduced to the public and thereafter gained great success.

Charles Lindbergh wears Bass Aviation Boots on his flight from NY to Paris.

1927

Charles Lindbergh wears Bass Aviation Boots on his historic transatlantic flight from New York to Paris. Three years later, Bobby Jones wears Bass Sportocassins when he wins the only Grand Slam in golfing history.

G.H. Bass & Co. to introduce Weejuns.

1936

A Norwegian slip-on moccasin style shoe inspires G.H. Bass & Co. to introduce Weejuns. Bass' interpretation includes a strip of leather with a diamond cut out where wearers inserted pennies, leading to the popular name "penny loafers."

Celebrities promte Van Heusen shirts

1950

Celebrities including Ronald Reagan, Charlton Heston and Mickey Rooney promoted Van Heusen shirts and place ads on the outfield fences of Ebbets Field and Yankee Stadium.

G.H. Bass & Co. acquires Burgess Shoe Stores.

1968

G.H. Bass & Co. acquires Burgess Shoe Stores, renaming them Bass Factory Outlets and establishing the company in the retail outlet sector.

PVH launches Geoffrey Beene shirts.

1982

PVH launches Geoffrey Beene shirts, which becomes and continues to be one of America’s top selling designer dress shirts.

PVH acquires G.H. Bass & Co.

1987

PVH acquires G.H. Bass & Co., one of America’s top selling shoe brands.

Van Heusen become top seller

1991

Van Heusen becomes the top selling dress shirt brand in United States department stores.

PVH acquires IZOD

1997

PVH acquires IZOD, one of America’s top names in knit shirts.

PVH acquires worldwide rights to the Van Heusen brand

2000

PVH acquires worldwide rights to the Van Heusen brand, previously owned by us only in North and South America.

PVH acquires Calvin Klein

2003

PVH acquires Calvin Klein, greatly expanding its growth potential both domestically and internationally.

PVH expands

2004

PVH Dress Shirt Group expands its license agreements to include MICHAEL Michael Kors, BCBG Max Azria, BCBG Attitude, Sean John and Donald J. Trump Signature Collection

PVH purchases ARROW

2004

PVH purchases the worldwide rights to ARROW.

PVH acquires Tommy Hilfiger

2010

PVH acquires Tommy Hilfiger, one of the world's leading premium lifestyle brands.