The Rockport Group Closes Acquisition of the Reef® Brand

NEWTON, Mass., Oct. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Rockport Group (Rockport), a leading maker of casual and dress shoes, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of the Reef® brand from VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories. Rockport is a portfolio company of certain affiliates of Charlesbank Capital Partners, LLC, a middle-market private equity firm.

The announcement follows the October 4, 2018 news release in which Rockport announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement regarding the purchase of this business. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About The Rockport Group
The Rockport Group is home to the Rockport, Aravon and Dunham brands. With its diverse assortment of men's and women's footwear, products from The Rockport Group can be found in various retail channels in more than 50 countries worldwide. Headquartered in the Greater Boston area, The Rockport Group is committed to its history of innovation and a consumer-centric approach to style, fit and comfort. For more information, visit

About Charlesbank Capital Partners
Based in Boston and New York, Charlesbank Capital Partners is a middle-market private euity investment firm managing more than $5 billion of capital. Charlesbank focuses on management-led buyouts and growth capital financings and also engages in opportunistic credit investments. The firm seeks to partner with strong management teams to build companies with sustainable competitive advantage and excellent prospects for growth. For more information, please visit

About VF
VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) outfits consumers around the world with its diverse portfolio of iconic lifestyle brands, including Vans®, The North Face®, Timberland®, Wrangler® and Lee®. Founded in 1899, VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations spanning numerous geographies, product categories and distribution channels. VF is committed to delivering innovative products to consumers and creating long-term value for its customers and shareholders. For more information, visit

The Rockport Group Contacts:
Bill Riley
Vice President, Marketing
(617) 213-6200

Amie Hansen
Vice President, Strategy
(617) 213-6068

VF Corporation Contacts:
Joe Alkire
Vice President, Corporate Development,
Investor Relations and Financial Planning & Analysis
(336) 424-7711

Craig Hodges
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
(336) 424-5636

Charlesbank Contact:
Maura Turner
Vice President, Communications & Investor Relations
(617) 619-5457

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