Nautica Enterprises - licensee of numerous products including tailored clothing, fragrances, neckwear, dress shirts, children's wear, and accessories - has announced it is discontinuing sales of its NST sportswear brand through athletic specialty chain stores.

Nautica is evaluating the brand's positioning in other channels as well, allowing the company to focus resources on its faster-growing divisions.

The company's focus on positioning is serving it well. Its sales growth over the past two years has topped 13 per cent. To what does Nautica attribute this success? Classic designs, a brand positioning that's aspirational, yet approachable, and a growing product selection through careful licensing resulting in a 91 per cent brand awareness among Nautica's target audience.