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RAW was founded on February 9, 2006 in Somerville, Massachusetts. The original intention of the brand was for two long time skateboarders and friends to make their ideas into tangible products that local supporters could be proud of using while skating the streets of Boston. In our first year, we grew to have a strong local following in the greater Boston area, and the brand started to be distributed outside of New England. In May of 2009, RAW opened itÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs first retail/office space literally next door to where all of the original work on the brand was performed.
At present, RAW produces monthly releases of fifteen items that are distributed all over the world, a small collection of items in classic colorways that is consistently kept in stock and a full lineup of skateboards in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Our original storefront is now in a more convenient space at 15A Elm Street in Somerville, MA and the second location for the brand was recently opened at 112 Main Street #10 in Putnam, CT on April 2, 2011. Supporters of the brand are listed in their own section of the site, which can be accessed using the main navigation bar.
At RAW, we believe in working hard, taking care of the people who take care of us and skateboarding as a viable culture. All of the products we make, as well as those of the other brands we support in our stores, are a reflection of this philosophy. Our goal is to make this philosophy stay solid with those who have been exposed to our brand already and have it take root with new supporters so that the legitimacy of our culture grows with each generationÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¦for skateboardingÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs sake.