Rip Curl Appoints New Japanese Licensee

Rip Curl has appointed World Search Company Limited as the new licensed distributor and manufacturer of Rip Curl-branded products in Japan and Taiwan.

World Search is a new subsidiary of established Tokyo-based fashion group Collaboration Company Limited. In addition the apparel, the group plans to open its first Rip Curl concept shop mid April in Tokyo’s premiere youth fashion district, Harajyuku.

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With Rip Curl’s long-established global presence in the hard-core surfing-equipment market and Collaboration’s vast knowledge and experience in the fashion-forward Japanese market, both companies are predicting strong, stable growth for business in the region.

According to Rip Curl International General Manager Grant Forbes, “While Rip Curl has had a presence in the Japanese market since the early 1980s, joining with Collaboration for the creation of World Search Company Limited is a major breakthrough in helping Rip Curl to secure a stronger presence in the growing markets in Japan and Taiwan, and generally bolsters our East Asian business.”

For more information, please contact:
Grant Forbes in Australia c/o:
Phone (from outside Australia): 613 5261 0073
Phone (within Australia): 03 5261 0073; or
Email: gforbes@ripcurl.com.au

Adam Sharp in the USA c/o:
Phone 760 6036700
Email: asharp@ripcurl.com