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Rab Hires Chris Lathrop as New England Sales Representation

Industry veteran to provide sales support in New England territory

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (August, 18, 2010) — In a move to provide dedicated sales representation in the territory, technical outdoor apparel manufacturer Rab is proud to announce the addition of Chris Lathrop to its sales team covering New England. Lathrop will cover the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, and will represent both the Rab and Integral Designs brands.

Chris Lathrop brings decades of valuable experience to Rab. Committed to the outdoor industry since the early 80’s, Chris cut his teeth working in retail and in time transitioned his experience into an independent sales rep role. In 1993 he started his own sales agency, Lathrop Associates LLC, where he played a key role in the founding and pioneering of the Mountain Hardwear brand.

“We are thrilled to have snagged Chris. His experience in the development and growth of Mountain Hardwear will be extremely valuable as we work to make the Rab brand known to the US market.” said Rab CEO Matt Gowar, adding that “Lathrops support in New England will help put Rab on the map.”

Lathrop glows at the idea of joining a growing brand on the bottom floor. “In a business climate where many retailers are finding their way back to their roots of specialty retail, Rab, with its function focused and beautiful products, is perfectly positioned to become a core specialty brand here in the U.S. My passion has always been to grow and communicate a specialty brand story through its products so… this is going to be a lot of fun!”

The Rab brand continues to grow at a rapid pace in the North American market with product showing up in more and more specialty retailers.

Lathrop Associates LLS is based in Gonic, New Hampshire and currently represents Asolo USA, Lowe Alpine and Point 6 LLC. Chris can be reached at or via phone at 603.948.1545

About Rab

Rab Carrington, one of Britain’s foremost mountaineers, established the Rab brand in 1981 to design and manufacture the world’s finest down clothing and sleeping bags. From its earliest days, Rab created a reputation for producing garments that are truly for ‘the most extreme conditions in the world’ and for searching out the finest technical fabrics to use in its designs. Rab clothing stands among the most technical and innovative on the market, designed to meet the exacting demands of the Scottish mountains that remain the inspiration and testing ground for many of its products. The Rab brand continues to be run by climbers for climbers. All products are tested in extreme environments by our team of mountain athletes. For more information, visit