Industry Ticker: Rapha founder meets Portland mayor at company’s North American HQ

Avatar by on February 27th, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Rapha founder Simon Mottram, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, and Rapha North American GM Hillary Benjamin.
(Photo: Rapha)

Simon Mottram, the founder of Rapha Performance Roadwear, was in Portland on Tuesday and he met with Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. Hales paid a visit to Rapha’s North American Headquarters in northwest Portland.[Read more…]

Rapha names new head of North American marketing and sales

Avatar by on June 19th, 2013 at 10:52 am

Hillary Benjamin

Rapha, a London-based bike apparel and accessory company with its North American headquarters in Portland has made a major new hire. Hillary Benjamin is now Head of North America – Marketing & Sales. Check the press release below for more info…

Rapha Names Hillary Benjamin as Head of North America – Marketing & Sales

Portland, Oregon, June 17, 2013 -­-Rapha today announces the hiring of Hillary Benjamin as Head of North America – Marketing & Sales for the company’s Portland, Oregon-­-based North American office. She takes the position previously held by Slate Olson, who moves to the London office in a new role as Chief Marketing Officer. Hillary will oversee the North American office, eight Portland-­-based staff and one in New York City, as well as the San Francisco Cycle Club and the soon-­-to-­-open New York City Cycle Club. She begins July 1, 2013.
“Rapha has been growing at a brisk pace since we set our North American roots in Portland in 2008, “ says Slate Olson. “Back then it was just me and a few part-­-time freelancers in a 600-­-square-­-foot space above a garden store. Five years later we have a beautiful office and event space in Northwest Portland, a thriving Cycle Club business and US distribution from Portland with our partners at OIA Global,” he says. “We have even greater growth expectations for our North American business and recognize that we need a strong, experienced business leader who can put 100% focus on this market as I transition to a global role based in London. Bringing Hillary in to drive our business and further define the brand is an exciting step to ensure our future. Her experience in the luxury space, online marketing, retail and her knowledge and passion for cycling gives us a lot of confidence.”
[Read more…]

Rapha making moves: Shipping from Portland, larger office, new hires

Avatar by on February 8th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Northeast Portland resident Slate Olson is general manager of North American operations for UK-based Rapha Performance Roadwear, a company with over $20 million in sales last year.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s been four years since UK-based cycling apparel company Rapha chose Portland as its North American headquarters. Since then, the company has grown by leaps and bounds, and now they’re making an even bigger commitment to Portland.[Read more…]

Rapha wins big at Cyclocross National Championships

Avatar by on January 9th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Powers (L) and McDonald post-race.
(Photo courtesy Rapha/CXMagazine.com)

Apparel company Rapha, whose North American headquarters are in North Portland, had a big weekend at the 2012 Cyclocross National Championships. The races, held in Madison, Wisconsin, featured the nation’s top cyclocross talent together to vie for bragging rights in what has become one of the fastest-growing bike disciplines since mountain biking took off in the 1990s. [Read more…]

Rapha’s new ‘Bicycle Collection’ has strong Portland ties

Avatar by on January 11th, 2011 at 10:30 am

Rapha is now in the bike business.

[Read more…]

Bike fashion: Up-close with a custom, three-piece cycling suit

Avatar by on August 5th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Tony Pereira's bespoke cycling suit-14

Tony Pereira's bespoke cycling suit-15

Tony Pereira and his new suit.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Bikes and fashion have enjoyed a renewed romance in America in the last few years. From the Cycle Chic movement to the proliferation of bike fashion shows, there is a growing awareness of — and market for — clothes that are stylish and comfortable to bike in. Today I spent some time on yet another bike fashion front, custom-tailored (a.k.a. bespoke) cycling suits.[Read more…]

Rapha teams with Focus bikes for pro cyclocross team

Avatar by on July 20th, 2010 at 9:12 am

Rapha Performance Roadwear, whose North American headquarters are in North Portland, has partnered with Focus Bicycles USA to field a professional cyclocross team for the 2010-2011 season. The Rapha-Focus Team will consist of young up-and-coming racers Chris Jones (Auburn, California) and Zach McDonald (Seattle, Washington).[Read more…]

Portland’s Rapha sets up (temporary) shop in NYC

Avatar by on July 5th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Opening day at Rapha’s New York
City Cycle Club.
(Photos: Rapha)

Rapha, the premium ‘performance roadwear’ brand from the U.K. whose North American headquarters have been in Portland since 2008, has set up a temporary retail space in New York City they describe as a combination of gallery, shop, and café. Serving as a ‘pop-up store’ — a trend popular among fashion retailers — Rapha’s ‘Cycle Club’ will be open for only three months.

The Bowery location (325 Bowery) officially opened on Saturday. Rapha communications staffer Jeremy Dunn says in addition to selling their entire line of cycling apparel, the ‘Cycle Club’ will also serve as a destination for bike lovers and an event space. “We are hoping that the space can evolve the idea of a shop into more of a club atmosphere,” says Dunn.[Read more…]

Rapha collaborates on $3,500 three-piece cycling suit

Avatar by on February 11th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

The suit is a collaboration between Rapha and famous London tailor Timothy Everest.
(Photo: Rapha)

[Read more…]

Portland companies featured in USA Today bike gift guide

Avatar by on December 3rd, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Castelli’s high tech,
Insolito Radiation Jacket.

Three Portland-based bike apparel companies woke up to good news this morning — some prominent publicity in USA Today.

Their resident bike reporter Sal Ruibal featured clothing suitable for cold winter commuting. Among the brands listed are Portland companies Showers Pass, Rapha, and Castelli.[Read more…]