Kathmandu Holdings is a global outdoor, lifestyle and sports company, consisting of three iconic brands: Kathmandu, Rip Curl and Oboz
A Certified B Corp, Kathmandu was founded in 1987 in New Zealand and specialises in quality clothing and equipment for travel and adventure. Oboz, which became part of the group in 2018, is based in North America and designs ‘True to the Trail®’ outdoor footwear to help people explore the wilderness. Rip Curl, acquired in 2019, is a leading global surf brand born in Bells Beach, Australia in 1969.
With a shared focus on expertly designed, technical and sustainable products, all three brands are distributed through wholesale, retail and digital channels.
Kathmandu is a leading global outdoor lifestyle brand whose journey began in Aotearoa over thirty years ago. We’re on a mission to improve the wellbeing of the world by getting more people outdoors, because nature has a positive transformative effect on us all. It makes us more happy, open, free and fun. And that’s why we’re all about creating the best sustainably made outdoor gear – to get people to experience nature’s benefits more often.
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Rip Curl is a company for, and about, the crew on The Search. The products that Rip Curl makes, the events they run, the riders they support and the people they reach globally, are all part of The Search that Rip Curl is on. Built by surfers for surfers, Rip Curl’s vision is to be regarded as the Ultimate Surfing Company.
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Born in the epic surrounds of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Oboz ‘True to the Trail’ ethos was shaped by the call of the wild and underpins its success as a source for high-quality outdoor footwear. Each pair passes through the hands of 140 experts before they reach the customer, making all the difference between ‘good’ and ‘great’. It may be harder to hand-build footwear this way, but it’s the right way.
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