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 opened its first store along Melbourne’s iconic Hardware Lane in 1987. With a focus on producing original, adaptive, sustainable and expertly engineered gear and apparel, Kathmandu has been inspiring adventure for over 30 years to become Australia and New Zealand’s largest outdoor adventure brand.
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.