The Brand

Meet your maker

At Van Heusen, we believe that clothes make the man. We are the number-one selling business shirt brand in department stores across Australia and Van Heusen has been associated with stylish, high quality shirts since the introduction of the revolutionary patented soft-folding collar in 1921.

Since then Van Heusen has suited up. Today the Van Heusen range has grown to include suits, business accessories, casual wear and women’s office wear. Van Heusen creates classic and fashion forward ranges using quality fabrics and finishes for sharp styling.

Van Heusen has created a range of innovations in business apparel including:

  • Van Heusen Move – a range of suits and shirts that gives unrivalled flexibility and freedom of movement.
  • Van Heusen Evercool – Designed for the Australian climate, a suit and shirt that keeps you cool under pressure.
  • Van Heusen Performa – a crush resistant/stain resistant/ 100% breathable suit, achieved with a combination of cutting-edge Nano-Technology and high-twist yarn.
  • BustFit® Technology – a women's tailored shirt customised by cup size to prevent gaping at the bust (unlike traditional button shirts)

We are proud to offer the largest range of collar and sleeve length combinations in the Australasian market.

From Humble Beginnings

The Van Heusen story began in 1881 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Moses Phillips & son Isaac began selling shirts which were hand-sewn by Moses' wife Endel and their daughters, to the local coal miners. Quickly successful, Moses expanded the operation to New York City.

Almost 30 years on, in 1919, Dutch immigrant John Manning van Heusen was granted a patent for a new process he created that fused cloth on a curve, creating a comfortable soft-folding collar that retained the stiff-collar look of the era.

In New York, van Heusen met with Isaac Phillips, who bought the U.S. patent for van Heusen's revolutionary soft-folding collar, and the Phillips-Van Heusen (PVH) alliance was born. From the 1930s, Van Heusen shirts were imported to Australia from England in small quantities, and a manufacturing plant was established in Melbourne in the mid 1960s to meet the growing demand for the brand in Australia.

In 1976, Gazal Corporation Limited (Gazal) acquired the license from PVH Corporation (PVH) to manufacture and manage the Van Heusen brand in Australia. In 2014, following a long and successful relationship, the PVH Brands Australia Pty Ltd joint venture was formed between Gazal and PVH. The partnership leverages PVH’s global strength in the apparel industry, and Gazal’s expertise in the Australasian region.

The Van Heusen brand is not only fashionable, but operates ethically too. Linked to the international human rights movement, all factories manufacturing any of our products must comply with a strict code of audited conditions. These encompass amongst other issues, minimum wages, hours of work, freedom of association, non-discrimination, no forced or child labour, health and safety standards plus environmental conditions. So you look good and feel good too.