The history

The Van Heusen story began in 1881 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, where Moses Phillips & son Isaac began selling shirts, hand-sewn by Moses' wife Endel and their daughters, to the local coal miners. Quickly achieving success, 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 acquired the license from PVH to manufacture and manage the Van Heusen brand in Australia, which continues to this day.

The Van Heusen brand is now also importantly linked to the international human rights movement via our USA licensor and 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.