VF Corporation was founded by John Barbey in 1899 as Reading Glove & Mitten Manufacturing Company.
In 1919 the company changed its name to Vanity Fair Mills and began manufacturing undergarments.
In 1951 the company acquired The H.D. Lee Company which manufactured jeans, and the company name was changed to VF Corporation to reflect the more diverse product line.
Today VF Corporation manufactures jeans under the Lee, Riders, Wrangler, and Rock & Republic brands, backpacks under the names JanSport and Eastpack, outdoor gear under the names North Face and Eagle Creak, Nautica sportswear, and Vans footwear, among others.
VF Corporation trades publicly on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol VFC, is a member of the S&P 500, is #310 in the Fortune 500, has 59,000 employees, and had $11.77 billion in revenue in 2013.