The Kathmandu brand was born in 1987. Kathmandu Holdings formed in 2009 as a publicly listed company. Together with the acquisition of Oboz (2018) and Rip Curl (2019), Kathmandu Holdings has transformed from a leading Australasian retailer to a brand-led global multi-channel business.
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.
Founded in 1969 by Brian Singer and Doug “Claw” Warbrick, Rip Curl is one of the world’s most recognised and respected brands. It has been at the forefront of the surf and snow scenes since its creation. Made by surfers for surfers, Rip Curl’s vision is to be regarded as the Ultimate Surfing Company.
Oboz began in 2007 in the small town of Bozeman, Montana (Outside + Bozeman = Oboz) and has quickly grown to be a leading North American brand of handmade outdoor footwear. Oboz continues to differentiate itself by pairing a focus on expertly designed and constructed footwear with strong corporate responsibility.